Monthly Archives: June 2015

Necrology Tells All

Necrology. Sounds so ominous and spooky! But in this case, the necrology, or list of the dead, that was kept by Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni is a valuable document that reveals so much about the life of the nuns at the … Continue reading

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Without Precedent

The University of Karueein, which began in 859 in Morocco, is the world’s oldest continually operating university. For Europe, that distinction goes to the University of Bologna in Italy, which opened in 1088. But it took until June 25, 1678, … Continue reading

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Pensione Vapore

My friend Piero is un tesoro–a treasure when it comes to Venetian things. He recently sent me a link to this 1946 arty film set in Venice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKYGfcsFX34 Titled Pensione Vapore (Loosely translated as Hotel Steam), it was silent footage … Continue reading

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Trip Fiction

A friend recently showed me that someone reviewed my first book, Free Gondola Ride, on TripFiction.com. http://www.tripfiction.com/books/free-gondola-ride/ How cool is that? I knew that I had a few reviews of my writing on Goodreads, and I have gotten a couple Amazon … Continue reading

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The Book – The Trip

The book, the trip, the realization of a long time dream! Three years ago Vonda approached me with the idea to write a book about Venetian women, a book that would work in conjunction with a tour of sites related … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Guardi’s House

  Francesco Guardi, as you might have guessed from the paintbrush between his fingers, was a painter. He was known for Venetian cityscapes. He was also painting teacher to Francesco Casanova, brother to the more famous Giacomo Casanova. Giacomo wrote in … Continue reading

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Ebook Is Here–and Beautiful!

Announcing the ebook version of A Beautiful Woman in Venice, now available on Smashwords: A Beautiful Woman ebook Smashwords offers multiple platforms, including epub, mobi (kindle), lrf, pdb, and online reader. It will take me a bit longer to get the … Continue reading

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