Tag Archives: islands

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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Vigna Murada

Vigna Murada, the original name of the island now known as Lazzaretto Novo, has had inhabitants since the Bronze Age. Most people think of it, however, as a quarantine island, where ships and their crews and cargos were held for … Continue reading

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The Blue of Sant’Erasmo

I’ve been coming to Venice for 18 years and have made it out to some of the other islands, but it took me this long to finally visit Sant’Erasmo, where lots of Venice’s fresh produce is grown. My classmate Jo’anne … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Go of the Oar

“It could be said that the marvelous city, falling from the sky and splintering apart, had scattered about itself these shard of beauty.” Sean Wilsey, in his April 22 New Yorker article, here quotes 19th century poet Luigi Carrer when … Continue reading

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