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Venice, Wish You Were Here #9

April 24, 1965 Dear Mother–We are still touring Italy but we had to park the car and take a boat when we got here. Spent Easter with Evo’s mother and then took off again in another direction. Having fun. –Love, … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #6

My friend bought this postcard for me at a sort of “garage sale” in a small village in France. What is the equivalent of a garage sale there? What do they call it? I’m sad that there’s no real message … 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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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 Stuff: Pen Knife

I found this lovely little gem at the mercato on Mazzorbo during its sagra a few years ago. If I’m in town at the right time, I go there for the regatte–usually the women race that day, as well as … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Brooch

This lovely gem was recently given to me from a reader who lives across the pond. Mr. Drink Wine Today (check out his fabulous blog before it’s too late!) saw it in an Oxfam shop in Sheffield, walked away, then … Continue reading

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Sailing the Oakland Seas

I recently enjoyed a gondola ride on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.┬áTorin, our gondolier, sang to us and regaled us with Oakland history. For example, did you know that Walt Disney gathered ideas for his iconic theme park by visiting … Continue reading

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