Monthly Archives: February 2009

Sketches

In a book I’m reading adjectives like foetid, stink, dank and slimy are all used to describe Venice.   What on earth was the author looking at (or doing)???  Just a little rant to go with the first of the sketches … Continue reading

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In the ghetto

In her novel People of the Book Geraldine Brooks uses the ghetto of Venice as a backdrop for one of the stories.  Without actually going there it is hard to envisage exactly what the ghetto is like.   Once it was … Continue reading

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Gondolas and vaparettos

Where else in the world can travel be so romantic? The watery main streets of Venice are like no where else. The vaparetto chug from stop to stop, sometimes wheezing and croaking so much that it is surprising that they … Continue reading

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