Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Venetian Original

Last year I got to meet a unique Venetian character: Fiora Gandolfi Herrera. Now in her seventies, Fiora has lived an international life, was married to a soccer star, but now lives in her Venetian palace. She is an artist … Continue reading

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Cartoon Analysis

Last weekend the comic strip Rose Is Rose featured a gondolier! Let’s do some analysis here: The gondola has a proper forcola (with a bend in it and a little cleft to hold the oar), and there’s a ferro … Continue reading

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Where Am I?

Can you guess where I am in Venice? I left a little something at the top as a clue that might help.

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Gonzo in Venice

This week I’ve been reading Carlo Gozzi’s Useless Memoirs. They’re not useless at all! In fact, they’re a treasure trove of information about mid-18th century Venetian theater, rivalries between playwrights, the homelife of illustrious folk like Gasparo Gozzi (Carlo’s brother) … Continue reading

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The Gondola Maker–Book Review

I was recently invited to participate in Italy Book Tours, a website that sends readers on “tours” of books about Italy. What a great concept, huh? The book I was asked to read is The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli. … Continue reading

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