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Dear Venice: Wish You Were Here #23

March 10th. Thought you might like to see the style of palace we are living in at the present. Two ticks over one of the upper rooms (indecipherable) where we are situated and as you see we overlook the Grand … Continue reading

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #20

This postcard is a bit different from the others in that it was sent from Rome to Venice, but it is still an image of Venice. The sender, Bob, will explain this shortly. Here’s the text, which I think I’ve … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #13

Alright, I need LOTS of help with this one! All I feel confident in reporting is that it went to Brussels, Belgium, to a Monsieur Marcel. What is the date? What is the message? Who sent it? And isn’t is … Continue reading

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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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