Venice I: St. Mark’s Square

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There’s no motorized vehicles — other than boats — allowed in Venice.  So the bus deposited us at a terminal near the train station and we approached center city Venice by water taxi.  “Our hotel is next to the Piazza … Continue reading

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Verona II: No World Without Verona Walls

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After a quick look around the courtyard, Patricia and I walked down the Via Leoni toward the Adige River. It was noonish and we were looking for a picnic spot, to finish off our leftovers from Gusto Leo the night … Continue reading

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Verona I: the Real Fake Juliet’s Balcony

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“We’re going to see the real fake Juliet’s balcony,” said Silvana the Guide as our bus rolled toward Verona. And so we did. When the 16th century building that’s now known as “Juliet’s house” went up for sale in 1905, … Continue reading

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Florence IV: And the Rest

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I’m starting with this photo because this pup was the cutest thing I saw in Florence. This was the second cutest thing. We did a lot of wandering around Florence and I have photos that don’t fit into any narrative … Continue reading

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Florence III: the Uffizi Gallery

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Patricia is a museum professional and went to grad school in art history. She’s the reason I know my egg tempera from my tempera grassa. So Florence — all of Italy, really — is her kind of place.  And the … Continue reading

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Florence II: Santa Croce & the Piazza della Signoria

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I’m back to my fascination with the Catholic (although I’m sure there must be other cultures in the world who do something similar) practice of taking and displaying body parts of  their dead. Relics, the parts are called, and it’s … Continue reading

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Florence I: Mostly David

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When Queen Victoria was given, by the Duke of Tuscany, a replica of Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece David, she was so shocked by his genitals (David’s, not the Duke’s) that she required they be covered by a plaster fig leaf before she’d … Continue reading

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