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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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Artisans of Venice

At the Museo Correr, there’s this wonderful little collection of painted wooden panels depicting Venetian workers. I love this so very authentic peek into everyday Venetian life–not the doges or nobles, not the grand processions or state festivals, Bucintoro or … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Philip Gwynne Jones

I was first introduced to Philip Gwynne Jones through our mutual friend, author Gregory Dowling, and now Philip is contributing to an upcoming book I’m putting together. He is a Welsh author living and working in Venice. He first came … Continue reading

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Speaking of Casanova…

…which is exactly what I’ll be doing on May 16! Please join me at the We and Our Neighbors club house in San Jose, California. We’re doing a fundraiser for the clubhouse, which has been a community gathering place for … Continue reading

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More Remarkable Venetian Women

A Beautiful Woman in Venice details the lives of Venetian women from the 1300s onwards, dipping a toe into the 1800s. Then I came across this page from┬áVenezia Autentica, which describes a number of “my” Venetian women and then adds … Continue reading

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The Quaderno

In March, news broke about a rare find–a notebook written by Giacomo Casanova when he was six years old. It’s being referred to as the quaderno amongst the Casanovists I’ve been talking to. I didn’t post anything earlier because I … Continue reading

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The Voyeur

Last week when I was in the Netherlands, I visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. They had a special exhibit called “High Society,” which featured enormous full-length portraits of people in the upper classes from a number of centuries and countries. … Continue reading

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