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More Puzzle Therapy #7: Fin!

All done! If it weren’t for the gondola and maybe the bridge, I’m not sure you would know this was Venice. It’s a beautiful scene but not quite accurate. But it was a fun and very satisfying puzzle to complete!

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–The Church of Trinità dei Monti

“At seventeen or eighteen years of age, Mariuccia was tall, had a very good carriage, and seemed carved by the chisel of Praxiteles. She was fair, but her fairness was not that of a blonde, which with its unrelieved brilliance … Continue reading

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Big Brother in Venice

It’s nothing new in Venice to learn that someone is watching your moves. The State Inquisition did it for ages, with residents often denouncing their neighbors. Well, now Venice has the 21st century version, a system that tracks the whereabouts … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Momolo’s House, Via Gregoriana 36

In Vol. 12 of History of My Life, Casanova tells us that he is visited by Mariuccia, whom he had met at the house of the Abate Momolo back in 1760, which story is recounted in Vol. 7. It is … Continue reading

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Puzzle (4)

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Puzzle (3)

Starting with the water…. Is that a glass of wine, you ask?

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Venetian Emoji #3

This Venetian emoji expresses the “eyebrow” I give my students when a look is worth more than words. Can you do the one eyebrow lift?

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Redefining Beauty: Anna Maria dal Violin

While recently speaking to the Dante Society in Santa Cruz about remarkable Venetian women, we veered for quite a while onto the topic of Anna Maria dal Violin and the musicians of the Piéta. I realized I had not shared … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Pizzeria Ashtray

Isn’t this the coolest gondola ashtray ever? I have only a couple of the fabulous Venetian ashtrays that restaurants used to use. (My friend Bob has quite a collection that I really covet.) But this one, shaped like a gondola, … Continue reading

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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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