Monthly Archives: May 2018

Gondola Is a Color

My talented friend Laura, who has traveled to Venice with me on multiple occasions, sent me her latest artwork: Apparently “gondola” is a color. And it floats. That is one really long oar. Advertisements

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Eight Women

That’s how many women are trying to enter the gondoliers’ school in Venice this year. The Arte del Gondoliere trains potential gondoliers before they take the test for a substitute gondolier license that allows them to share a gondola and … Continue reading

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Artisans of Venice

At the Museo Correr, there’s this wonderful little collection of painted wooden panels depicting Venetian workers. I love this so very authentic peek into everyday Venetian life–not the doges or nobles, not the grand processions or state festivals, Bucintoro or … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Philip Gwynne Jones

I was first introduced to Philip Gwynne Jones through our mutual friend, author Gregory Dowling, and now Philip is contributing to an upcoming book I’m putting together. He is a Welsh author living and working in Venice. He first came … Continue reading

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Where Casanova Lives Now

After seeing the recent exhibit “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,” and visiting Marco Leeflang, we got to wondering where are the portraits of Casanova? They were not displayed at the exhibit. Marco knew that Giuseppe Bignami owned one, but where … Continue reading

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First Spritz Is Free!

You know how a spritz, that drink of wine, Campari, and soda with an olive and an orange slice, is the iconic drink of Venice. Each month in my “Venice, My Muse” interview, I ask the participant if they prefer … Continue reading

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Random Journal Entry #10

As part of my continuing series sharing old journal entries, here is one more from 1996. Yes, these photos were all taken with film (remember that stuff?) and scanned in, so the quality is quite quaint, isn’t it? Aug. 13 … Continue reading

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