Monthly Archives: June 2013

Carnevale: Flesh or Meat?

Long ago I had heard that Carnevale, the festival celebrated for the ten days leading up to Lent on the Christian calendar, meant “farewell to meat.” Carne = meat, vale = farewell. This made sense since Christian traditionally give up … Continue reading

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Flying Clothing

For a good laugh, view this vid from the British TV show about Casanova: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCIpdbsMYsc Yeah, I’m gonna guess Mr. C would be offended; we know he didn’t like people to mock him. But as a piece of modern TV … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Scammed!

Carol & Will’s scam Beware the Scam! You hold in your hand a craigslist printout telling you the address of the apartment you have paid a deposit on. You were to meet the property manager 30 minutes ago, but he … Continue reading

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Quiz answers

Sadly, no one wrote in with all the correct answers. Did I make the questions too hard? I’ll keep Venice Is a Fish for now and try again with new questions. Here are the answers to the quiz (with the … Continue reading

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SF Here I Come!

Clear your calendar for July 18 at 7:00 pm and mark down “Casanova presentation at the Museo Italo Americano.” The museum is in the Fort Mason Center (see their website for details). http://museoitaloamericano.org/ I’ll be speaking about Casanova’s houses in … Continue reading

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The Day Has Come

  Photos sent by Carol and Will, who are in Venice right now. This is at Studium bookstore, behind Basilica San Marco. Seductive Venice–in disguise–is in all the bookstores in Venice! It has a different cover–green, with red text and … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Happy 215th Anniversary of Casanova’s death. How did you celebrate? Did you pet your dog and think of Melampyge, his faithful pooch? Work on your memoirs? Complain about the servants? Rearrange the books in your library? Have a little soup? … Continue reading

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