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Dear Evelina,

Do you ever wish you could meet people from the past? Evelina van Millingen Pisani is one of those intriguing characters I’d like to share a cup of tea with.¬† I got to know her in the book Evelina: A … 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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Say “Ahhh!”

In Venice this summer I visited the new Istituto di tecnologia dentale nel rinascimento. As you can see, it features artwork relating to early dental practices.

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Flamingo Spotting, Venetian Style

“We’re secretly going flamingo spotting,” B wrote on her Facebook page, “but the boat captain doesn’t know it.” She and her sister Laura, British ex-pats living in Venice for over a decade, had invited me to join them on the … Continue reading

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Exploding Head

Can you see the flames leaping out of my head? My head is exploding! Last night I attended the sagra, the neighborhood festival at Campo San Giovanni in Bragora. Part of the entertainment included “singing from the balconies,” a short … Continue reading

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Becoming Casanova

I looked down and saw that my hands were writing a manuscript. My legs were clad in pale blue damask breeches, my feet in black shoes with silver buckles. My hand that held the pen was tickled by my lace … Continue reading

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Casanova in da House, Yo!

I’m a busy kid in Venice! I visited the Palazzo Zaguri exhibit, “Venice Secrets.” It’s huge–many floors filled with torture devices and their grisly descriptions. Chairs where they set people on fire, beds like grills, pokey things and spiky things. … Continue reading

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