Tag Archives: Piazza San Marco

Happy New Year from the Past

Happy New Year, 2013! Oh wait, it’s going to be 2021! But I’m sharing with you photos from my New Year’s in Venice 2021-2013. Hope you’re finding a fun way to ring in a new year and say goodbye to … Continue reading

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Breakfast Redux

Though I’m in danger of making you all jealous, I wanted to share the news about the new painting I recently received. Rita and Tom Bottoms, who live over the hill from me in Santa Cruz, have gifted one of … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #12

A short message on this postcard: “Un caro ricordo” or “a fond memory.” I want more! Did you kiss under the Bridge of Sighs? Sip a glass of wine while looking over a canal? Eat too much gelato? Walk hand … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giustina Rossi

Why have I waited so long to post this video? Giustina Rossi is a Venetian hero and the story from farthest in the past from my collection of Beautiful Women in Venice. I cajoled a stranger on a busy day … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #7

I had Bavarian exchange students, Simon and Pascal, help me translate the writing on this card that was going to Vienna, Austria, dated 20 February 1935. Here’s what we think it says: “Love, today at noon. We arrived well and … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Roger Feuerman

“Signorina Kathleen, It is I, Casanova, from here in the 18thcentury. And not First Spritz Is Free contributor Roger Feuerman. He claims he is too exhausted from laboring to finish his Venetian young adult fiction novel and penning a new … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Scott Stavrou

I was introduced to Scott by another Venetophile, shortly after he published his novel Losing Venice. Luckily for me, he also agreed to write a chapter for First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts. Though Scott used to live … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Rita Bottoms

Venice brought us together. Rita and I met through my blog and developed an online friendship until we met in person last year to attend the Casanova exhibition together last year in San Francisco. Since we live only about 45 … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Andrea Perego

This month you’ll meet another person fascinated with both Venice and Casanova. Andrea Perego is a Berlin-based Italo-Australian journalist and writer. He lived in Sydney where he worked as a broadcaster journalist for SBS Radio, and in Venice, where he earned … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Jane Mosse

As a great lover of both Venice and Rosalba Carriera, Jane reached out to me after reading my chapter on Rosalba in A Beautiful Woman in Venice. We then began a correspondence and a friendship across the waters. Hopefully we’ll … Continue reading

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