Tag Archives: blogging

“Venice, My Muse:” An Interview with Judith Harris

A mutual friend and Venetophile introduced me to Judith Harris a couple years ago, and I had the pleasure of including her essay on Venice in my book First Spritz Is Free. Judith’s voluminous knowledge of Venetian history enlivens her … Continue reading

Posted in Casanova, Gondolas, Italian heritage, Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Doesn’t Love a List?

Not me! I love lists–making them, reading them, checking them off…. Katia from The Venice Insider blog has posted her end of the year best books on Venice list. I’m happy to share it here. It’s impressive–she must read a … Continue reading

Posted in Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Luca Marchiori

Luca Marchiori was born in Venice to a Venetian father and English mother. As a small child his family took him to live in his mother’s native town of Bournemouth where he grew up, shuttling back and forward between there … Continue reading

Posted in Casanova, Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Venice, My Muse: Donna Jo Napoli

Over twenty years ago, I was in a traditional trattoria and was charmed by a retired sandolista named Guido. He told me his life story about being a child during World War II who was rounded up and sent away … Continue reading

Posted in Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

An Obsession, a Craving, an Infatuation

“But the thing that unites all 35 Venetophiles in First Spritz is Free is an obsession, a craving, an infatuation, an addiction for the mystical city of Venice. If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting Venice, have family roots there or … Continue reading

Posted in Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flamingo Spotting, Venetian Style

“We’re secretly going flamingo spotting,” B wrote on her Facebook page, “but the boat captain doesn’t know it.” She and her sister Laura, British ex-pats living in Venice for over a decade, had invited me to join them on the … Continue reading

Posted in Italian heritage, Venice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

First Spritz Is Free Is LAUNCHED!

I’m thrilled to announce that the new ebook First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts, is done and yours for free! Click on the title to get the link to Smashwords, where you can choose your ebook format. First … Continue reading

Posted in Venice, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments