Tag Archives: Gondolas

“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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What’s Wrong with These Pictures?

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Eight Women

That’s how many women are trying to enter the gondoliers’ school in Venice this year. The Arte del Gondoliere trains potential gondoliers before they take the test for a substitute gondolier license that allows them to share a gondola and … Continue reading

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Casanova Seduces Nine at Once

  What does a Suspicious ¬†Husband taste like? That’s what I had for lunch last weekend in the museum cafe.¬†I finally made the trip to San Francisco to see the exhibit “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe” at the Legion of … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Christine Volker

Venice and books brought us together. Christine Volker actually lives quite near to me in the California Bay Area, but I didn’t know that until I learned about her new book, Venetian Blood. I read and reviewed it as part … Continue reading

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Snow! And an Announcement…

I know this is a few days old now, but still I wanted to share with you the beauty of a snow-covered Venice. Snow covers Venice Friends living there have talked about its beauty as well as its treachery. Ice … Continue reading

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