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Strings of Lights

Always strings of lights. Blue and green and yellow and red and orange. They announce the sagra¬†before you even cross the bridge into San Pietro in Castello–or San Piero, as it’s said in dialect. This was the biggest sagra¬†I had … Continue reading

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“Venice, My Muse:” An Interview with Louise Pullen

The blogosphere is an engaging place. I had no idea that when I started blogging, I would meet so many fascinating people. And the way I meet them is equally fascinating. This month’s “Venice, My Muse” interview features Louise Pullen, … Continue reading

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Regatta Report: SS Giovanni e Paolo

The sun was shining, the waves were choppy, and the boats were colorful. B, my indefatigable regatta partner every summer, joined me again for the boat races at SS Giovanni e Paolo on Sunday, June 24. We had been out … Continue reading

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Bragging About Bragora

Okay, bragging implies that I accomplished something that I can crow about. Of course, I did nothing at all to create the sagra at Campo San Giovanni in Bragora, but isn’t this title a nice sounding pun? Anyway, you maybe … 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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Two Women, One University

Today I spent a lovely day in Padova with Tiziana, the person who translated my Casanova guidebook, Seductive Venice, into Italian. We walked around the city to see the most beautiful sites, from the Caffe Pedrocchi, to the Palazzo delle … Continue reading

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