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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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Where Casanova Lives Now

After seeing the recent exhibit “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,” and visiting Marco Leeflang, we got to wondering where are the portraits of Casanova? They were not displayed at the exhibit. Marco knew that Giuseppe Bignami owned one, but where … Continue reading

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First Spritz Is Free!

You know how a spritz, that drink of wine, Campari, and soda with an olive and an orange slice, is the iconic drink of Venice. Each month in my “Venice, My Muse” interview, I ask the participant if they prefer … 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 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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Meeting Marco

You can’t find him on Wikipedia. I guess you just have to go to his house. So I got on an airplane and flew for 11 hours then took a train and a taxi and ended up at the┬áhouse of … Continue reading

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