Monthly Archives: May 2012

More Venice in my life today

Some of you know that I’m a high school English teacher. This year I started at a new school, and they do a lot of luncheons, fundraisers, and other events. There’s some weird kind of synergy going on because their … Continue reading

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The British Sisters

The British Sisters

Stefano gives us a glide down the Grand Canal last summer (or was this one from four years ago??). In white is Laura Americana, travel buddy extraordinaire. In green is Laura Ingleterra, (we had to distinguish between the many Lauras that summer, and yes, there was a Laura Italiana in the house). In black is B, the latter Laura’s sister. They bought a cute flat in the Ghetto a few years back and are living the expat life–and volunteering to test the Casanova walks.

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Thanks to B!

As Bob makes the maps for me, I have to check a few changes I made ┬áto Walk 1, 4, and 6 of the Casanova guidebook to Venice (titled, guess what? Seductive Venice!). Anyway, since I can’t be in ┬áVenice … Continue reading

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Gondolas Then and Now!

In a previous post I mentioned that I had sent off an article about gondolas during the eighteenth century, Casanova’s era. I still haven’t heard if it’s been accepted for publication in the Casanovist journal, but I also created a … Continue reading

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And then Bob fell from the sky….

My friend Bob is 82 years old and is working on a historical fiction novel. His first book was about the history of Silicon Valley (when it was still the Valley of Heart’s Delight), and I helped him to edit … Continue reading

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Venetian Fandango

Today I got to make a presentation about Carnevale, gondolas, and Casanova! Yes, a group of people actually paid to hear me speak to them about this stuff. (And you get the blog for free!) It was actually a luncheon … Continue reading

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Which Way??

Which Way??

Here’s Tiffany again, with Laura this time, testing out a walk in Cannaregio. Really, my writing is not that confusing.

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Ponte Bernardo

Ponte Bernardo

Here they are at the second site, waiting for the espresso to kick in. This was where Casanova beat up a guy named Razzetta, Grimani’s henchman who wasn’t happy when Casanova sold off his deceased grandmother’s furniture. Yeah, kind of a long story, though definitely entertaining! It also involves a faked sprained ankle, a lantern carrier with a broken hand, a prison cell at Sant’Andrea, and some drunk wardens. You’ll have to read my book!

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Tiffany & Danny Read Walk #1

Tiffany & Danny Read Walk #1

Last summer I was in Venice writing the point-to-point walking directions for the Casanova guide book. Tiffany and Danny joined me in Venice for a week and were the VERY FIRST PEOPLE to follow my guidebook! Notice how confused they are. Things improved greatly with their help and feedback! (Coffee and pastries in Campo San Polo help, too.)

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Test Run, Anyone?

To my readers out there–are any of you in Venice? Last summer I was in Venice to write the walking directions for my new book on Casanova sites. After I came home, I discovered some new information and had to … Continue reading

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