Tag Archives: Grand Canal

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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Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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Where Am I?

Your latest location to puzzle over. Here are a couple shots I took while looking out the windows: And here’s the ceiling… And the floor. So where am I? Can you name the building?

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Redentore Report!

Yesterday, all of Venice celebrated the end of the Bubonic Plague. We’re so glad it ended so many years ago! Actually, I’m guessing that many revelers are more interested in drinking prosecco and eating watermelon and watching the fireworks and … Continue reading

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A New Original

When I first started sharing my writing with a larger audience, I thought the pinnacle of success was lots of money, a book on a best seller list, and maybe a seat at Oprah’s table. Instead,┬áso many other kinds of … Continue reading

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Peggy’s Palazzo

What attracts me about history are people and random facts. The weirder the better. So Peggy Guggenheim is a perfect subject. Peggy bought the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni for $60,000, to be her home and to house her art collection. … Continue reading

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Impious Miscreants with Diabolicall Perswasions

The British traveler (and one-time court jester) Thomas Coryat is often credited as taking the first Grand Tour of Europe (though he certainly didn’t know it at the time!). In 1608 he traversed Europe, mostly on foot, and spent some … Continue reading

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