Monthly Archives: September 2017

Raffle Ending Soon!

Reminder that you can enter the tombola to win a copy of A Beautiful Woman in Venice. Just check out the post “Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Vonda Wells.” Like the page and add a comment, and you’ll be … Continue reading

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Whose Venetian Blood?

Murder is a good excuse… …to read about Venice! The neighborhood around the Guggenheim and the Dogana, crossing the Accademia Bridge, Bacino Orseolo, the Church of Santa Fosca, the Marciana, lunch on Torcello, a cabana on the Lido, the Scuola … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Santa Maria degli Angeli

Barbara Lynn-Davis’ book Casanova’s Secret Wife reminded me that I have a video to share with you–a Quattro Minuti episode I filmed at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, attached to what used to be the convent of the … Continue reading

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The Devil Had Him by the Hair

Who did the devil have by the hair? And what did he have planned? Check out this post on Dianne Hales’ blog site Becoming Italian Word by Word. Dianne is the author of La Bella Lingua and Mona Lisa: A … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Vonda Wells

I met Vonda Wells when she ordered a copy of my book Free Gondola Ride. She was then formulating her tour company, A Beautiful Woman in Venice, and gave me the idea to write a book about these remarkable Venetian … Continue reading

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Prepared to Hate

I was prepared to hate it. Crass commercialism. The death of a historical building. And instead I found a better outlook, and I don’t just mean the spectacular view of the Grand Canal and Venice’s rooftops. I adjusted my own … Continue reading

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Join Me in Little Italy!

Put October 1 on your calendar for the Little Italy Street Festival! Admission is free, and all proceeds help fund the Little Italy Museum and other local projects. Live music all day, wine tasting and food vendors, plus lots of … Continue reading

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Meeting Albert

Do you remember seeing this before? In February 2017 I wrote about this plaque on the Calle del Scaleter #2235, outside the shop of Monica Daniele. When he visited Venice, Casanovist Marco Leeflang investigated and met Monica, a maker of … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Ae Do gondoete

From my collection of gondola stuff: a small wine pitcher, apparently from a restaurant called Ae Do Gondoete (a name in Venetian that means “at the two little gondolas”).¬†Does anyone know if this restaurant is still around? Or where it … Continue reading

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A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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