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New Views of Casanova

Casanova always wanted to be the center of things–the one people noticed in the room, the one to catch a woman’s eye, the one befriended by the wealthy and well-connected. Many past writers have instead relegated Casanova to the margins, … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Church of San Silvestro

Fran├žois-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis crossed paths with Giacomo Casanova a number of times. They first met in Paris in 1752, then sort of by accident in Venice in 1753 when de Bernis was assigned there as the French Ambassador … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Venice Rising!

One year ago this week, I agreed to Rosemary Wilmot’s idea to create the book that became Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth. She and I had met via email because of Venice blog posts that brought us together and … Continue reading

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Your Challenge: Name the Lions

We’ve heard of famous duos: Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Or trios like “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” So what would you name this group of lions: Panting, Drooling, and … Continue reading

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Indie Go Go!

If you live in California, like to read and have a library card, today is your lucky day! Two of my books are now available on Biblioboard, a California library service for independent authors. Click here for First Spritz Is … Continue reading

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Forty Fabulous Venetian Resources

La Venessiana, a blog-and-so-much-more offered by Iris Loredana and her grandmother Lina, just released the newest “40 Resources for You to Connect with Venice in 2021.” Until we can travel there in person, this page full of treasures will keep … Continue reading

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Announcing the Second Edition!

Need a little armchair travel? Want to peek into Casanova’s adventurous life? I’ve reorganized and clarified some material to create a second edition of Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps, available now from Amazon (print on demand). That means that you … Continue reading

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To Honor Jan Morris

Jan Morris, indefatigable traveler and Venetophile, passed away this weekend on Nov. 20, aged 94. (Thank you, Bert, for letting me know.)   Morris was a great journalist, traveler, and writer. In this article, The Guardian provides a lovely tribute … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–House of Raphael Mengs, Via Vittoria 54

Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779), though born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, resided much of his life in Rome. At the point where Casanova visited him in Rome, Mengs lived at Via Vittoria 54, not far from the Spanish Steps. J. … Continue reading

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Your Challenge: Provide a Caption

Spotted this graffiti on a calle a few years ago. Let’s hear your caption for it! My fun and witty friends Karen and David will be the judges. The person with the winning caption will win a copy of My … Continue reading

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