Monthly Archives: August 2017

Tombola Ends Soon!

Reminder that tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, at midnight Pacific Time, the raffle ends to win a free copy of Casanova’s Secret Wife by Barbara Lynn-Davis. If you haven’t yet seen it, you should read my interview with her in the … Continue reading

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Vigna Murada

Vigna Murada, the original name of the island now known as Lazzaretto Novo, has had inhabitants since the Bronze Age. Most people think of it, however, as a quarantine island, where ships and their crews and cargos were held for … Continue reading

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Carillon Venezia

The cutest music box EVER! Or click here: Carillon Venezia When I showed this to my partner RJ, he said, “And you didn’t buy it?” I couldn’t! The video was sent to me by my friend Adriano. I hope it makes you … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Barbara Lynn-Davis

Welcome to a new series I’m beginning today. Since I’ve been getting to know more and more of my readers, I thought it’d be fun to create a set of interview questions to highlight their love for Venice. I’m titling … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Giustiniana Wynne

  Today I’d like to remember Giustiniana Wynne. She died on this date in 1791. But Giustiniana was not forgotten as her life neared its end. “The poor Countess is to die,” wrote her niece Betsy on June 23, 1791. “There … Continue reading

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Random Journal Entry #6

It’s been a long time since I posted a piece in this occasional series, where I dip into my journals from past trips to Venice. While waiting in the airport to fly back to Venice this summer, I read through … Continue reading

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Returning to the Dream

Just because I have recently been in Venice doesn’t mean I’m not already dreaming of it again. In fact, this book helps me daydream my way back to the city. Dream of Venice Architecture is the second in the series … Continue reading

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Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Does your bookclub need some ideas for your next reading endeavor? Consider A Beautiful Woman in Venice, my collection of biographies about Venetian women. Dip into 28 chapters on over 35 Venetian women spanning six centuries. From poets Veronica Franco … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Anna Maria dal Violin

On this day in 1782, a great violinist died. She was Anna Maria dal Violin, who was orphaned, left at the Ospedale Santa Maria della Pietá in the scaffetta, a revolving door where babies could be left anonymously. She showed … Continue reading

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It’s Always Marchini Time!

One of my favorite things to do in Venice these days is eat pastries! In the past for me it was only gelato gelato gelato gelato. But I have discovered these pasticcerie that make me incredibly happy. Please excuse me … Continue reading

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