Category Archives: Gondolas

Will this get me a free gondola ride?

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Luisella Romeo

Luisella Romeo’s reputation preceded her. I had heard so much about her knowledge and passion for Venice before I got to meet her last summer. I was also delighted to have her contribute to First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of … Continue reading

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Why Should Someone Read …

…my books? You can find out the answer to this and other questions in an interview recently posted by the Italian American Press, an online resource listing dozens of books about Italian American topics. They include fiction, history, biography, memoir, … Continue reading

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Time for an Update!

Lots of fun things to tell you about, so today you get an entry full of updates: First Spritz Is Free is making its way around the world! Besides being free to download on Smashwords and Book Funnel, you can … Continue reading

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“The Fayrest That Ever I Saw”

“…Certaine little boates, which they call Gondolas the fayrest that ever I saw in any place,” wrote Thomas Coryat of his travels in Venice in 1611. I’ve posted excerpts from Thomas Coryat’s diaries, his descriptions of Venetian gondoliers and canals. … Continue reading

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Regatta Report: SS Giovanni e Paolo

The sun was shining, the waves were choppy, and the boats were colorful. B, my indefatigable regatta partner every summer, joined me again for the boat races at SS Giovanni e Paolo on Sunday, June 24. We had been out … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Salt ‘n Pepper

  As part of the continuing series of gondola stuff I own, here’s one of my most interesting pieces–a salt and pepper shaker shaped like a traditional gondola with a felze. The felze comes apart into two pieces–the two shakers–that … Continue reading

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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.

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