Monthly Archives: June 2016

Another Use for Campo San Polo

People dressed as clowns lasso bulls and oxen. Dogs bite at men fallen to the ground, and black hatted officials brandish swords. Masked ladies and men in plumed hats ogle the scene from their balconies. While children scuttle over the well … Continue reading

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A New Original

When I first started sharing my writing with a larger audience, I thought the pinnacle of success was lots of money, a book on a best seller list, and maybe a seat at Oprah’s table. Instead, so many other kinds of … Continue reading

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Peggy’s Palazzo

What attracts me about history are people and random facts. The weirder the better. So Peggy Guggenheim is a perfect subject. Peggy bought the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni for $60,000, to be her home and to house her art collection. … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Veronica Franco

“And it’s with great delight that I talk with those who know so as to have further chances to learn,” wrote Veronica Franco about gaining education among those in a literary salon, “for if my fate allowed, I would happily … Continue reading

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Specchi

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the canals turn into mirrors. I wish the sky had been a clearer, deeper blue this day. I guess I could have made that happen in photoshopland, but these shots are all natural. But I can’t … Continue reading

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Dancing at the Tree

No one has left a “tell-all” diary. But it seems that Marina Querini Benzon’s joie de vivre liberated her from many of the condemnations that women before her had to endure. In 1797, the Venetian republic fell to Napoleon’s troops. … Continue reading

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