Monthly Archives: April 2016

Soul and Wit

“An almost general custom in Italy is to deny Mothers the most precious gift, which is their Daughters’ education, which leaves them nothing but the sweet title of Mother” (qtd. in Calvani 10). Venetian author and translator Giustina Renier Michiel … Continue reading

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“It’s Time to Redefine Beauty”

Check out this new website, which promotes nonfiction books by posting articles about their topics. As NFReads.com says on the site, “Learn something new every week: get weekly updates on interesting articles by nonfiction authors and discover their books.” It … Continue reading

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Two Women, Two Tributes

Many Americans think of today as tax day since our income tax returns are due. But I’d like us to commemorate two remarkable Venetian women instead. On this day in 1703, Luisa Bergalli was born. Noteworthy, considering she was not … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff–Ashtray?

Time to share another item from my collection of gondola stuff! This is, I believe, an ashtray; as you can see it’s from Ristorante Pizzeria Fuin. I picked it up at an antique store in Venice, though I can’t remember … Continue reading

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Commemoration Thoughts

Oops! I meant to post this blog last week, on March 29, the anniversary of Venice’s Ghetto. I was traveling and blogging by phone, and unfortunately I didn’t actually post like I thought I had! Sorry for the late posting. … Continue reading

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Gondola Sighting–NYC

At the boathouse in New York’s Central Park, this gondola was moored and sadly only half covered. Maybe it’s been a long winter, but she was a bit beat up along her side and her forcola was well-worn. Still, I … Continue reading

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