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Soprannomi di Gondolieri

My nicknames are Kat, G-Dawg, Gonzo…pretty tame stuff. In Venice, the gondoliers are known for giving each other nicknames, ones that are sometimes complimentary but often ones that are ironic, bawdy, or even insulting. Some names are in Italian, while … Continue reading

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Without Precedent

The University of Karueein, which began in 859 in Morocco, is the world’s oldest continually operating university. For Europe, that distinction goes to the University of Bologna in Italy, which opened in 1088. But it took until June 25, 1678, … Continue reading

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Ebook Is Here–and Beautiful!

Announcing the ebook version of A Beautiful Woman in Venice, now available on Smashwords: A Beautiful Woman ebook Smashwords offers multiple platforms, including epub, mobi (kindle), lrf, pdb, and online reader. It will take me a bit longer to get the … Continue reading

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In Memoriam–The Steaming Lady

176 years ago today, Marina Querini Benzon died. She is the subject of the famous song “La Biondina in Gondoleta” about a languorous blond with her lover, floating down the canals. She was quite a liberated woman for the late … Continue reading

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Gonzo in Venice

This week I’ve been reading Carlo Gozzi’s Useless Memoirs. They’re not useless at all! In fact, they’re a treasure trove of information about mid-18th century Venetian theater, rivalries between playwrights, the homelife of illustrious folk like Gasparo Gozzi (Carlo’s brother) … Continue reading

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The Gondola Maker–Book Review

I was recently invited to participate in Italy Book Tours, a website that sends readers on “tours” of books about Italy. What a great concept, huh? The book I was asked to read is The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli. … Continue reading

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Give Yourself a Livened Up

In Venetian, apparently that’s “Date ‘na reffada!” So, I recently signed up for the social media site http://www.venessia.com, which seeks to bring together local Venetians and others who love Venice and want to preserve it as a living city. Tonight … Continue reading

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