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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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Honoring Mamma on Baby’s Birthday

Usually on someone’s birthday, we honor that person with gifts, cards, and Facebook smilies. But I thought today seemed like a good day to honor the mamma who gave birth. Sant’Apollonia used to be a Benedictine monastery from the 12th … Continue reading

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What Gondoliers Do When No One Is Watching

Last summer I visited the Cloister of Sant’Apollonia, situated behind Basilica San Marco on the Canonica canal. I’ll post a separate blog about what I saw inside the cloister. But I couldn’t resist watching the gondoliers for a while from … Continue reading

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