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Venice: Writing Under the Influence

I wish that were my title, but it actually belongs to a little book of poems by Rita Bottoms. I am often “under the influence” of Venice, so this book appealed to me. Turns out that Rita also has a … Continue reading

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Buon Natale!

I’m a little late in sending you my holiday greetings. Family and food came first! But I saw this house on Christmas night and wanted to use the image to wish all my readers a happy holiday season. Thank you … Continue reading

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Random Venice Journal Entry #4

I’ve decided to begin a sporadic series. Every now and then I’ll dip into my journals and type up something about Venice. It’s been a while, but here’s a new installment. Stefano is one of the gondoliers I befriended back … Continue reading

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December Book Sale!

In the spirit of giving gifts, I’m offering sale prices on my three Venice books for the month of December. Two dollars off each title! Visit each website to get this deal (which is not available if you buy at … Continue reading

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Thomas Coryat on Canals

Englishman Thomas Coryat visited Venice in 1611 and described the canals: “The channels (which are called in Latin euripi or the channels,¬†aestuaria, that is, pretty little armes of the Sea, because they ebbe and flow every sixe houres) are very … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: The Casino

Americans think of a casino as a place to go gambling. During Casanova’s 18th century, a casino was a small casa, the sort of pleasure apartment that they brought their friends or lover to. Wealthy nobles often had casini where … Continue reading

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Sailing the Oakland Seas

I recently enjoyed a gondola ride on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.¬†Torin, 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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