Sailing on a Sea of Plastic

A couple of years ago, Liz Milan, an artist, a turist guide, and a friend, began a journey to raise awareness about the plastic ocean pollution, with a very interesting and though-provoking exhibition called “Plastic-ocene.” I visited her exhibition this weekend, and it was surely a gripping and provocative artwork. The intent of the exhibition […]

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The Other Patron of Venice

St. Theodor He was the original patron of Venice. He is in fact that guy on one of the two columns in Piazza San Marco, next to Palazzo Ducale.  One is the Saint Mark’s Lion and the other San Todaro (in Venitian), having killed a dragon. The dragon is nothing like Viserion—the scaring dragon of […]

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The Bovolo Staircase

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, it is a spiral staircase (or like a “snail” which in Venetian translates a “bovolo”), is part of Palazzo Contarini, a secluded corner of Venice a little off the tourists’ trails. It is actually not too far from the famous Rialto Bridge. Palazzo Contarini has known several owners. There were many […]

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Fare Well Ballerina

The Eternal Dancing Young Girl She lived flying, but she defined herself: “… with roots well planted in the earth.”  And so, graceful and solid, sweet and tenacious, she left a “national monument,” a myth of ballet, one of the greatest artists of international ballet dance.  Carla Fracci died in Milan at the age of […]

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A Less Travelled Venice

Venice Walks  Venice is raising the curtain now. It is not yet as busy as it used to be, but turists are back already. Many people wish that things be back to normal, yet whiteout the un-manageable crowds of Pre-COVID era (not sure what that means). For my part, I can say that there are […]

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Venice—The Iconic Clock Tower

When arriving in Piazza San Marco, nowadays, the first time visitor is so busy to take it all in, that most details of the Piazza may get overlooked. Besides, I truly think that Venice must be visited many times over. Each time it will be different. There will be always something new to see and […]

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A Room with a View

Free at Last Italy in now in Code Yellow and so we can travel a bit. Although, the situation in India is worrisome and so very sad.  I shall put the worries away for a little bit, while we all hope for a solution, perhaps with a serious collective effort to put an end to […]

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The Evolution of “Graffiti”

Graffiti From “graffiti” on the metro to “Street Art” to Caravaggio. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. It has become visualized as a growing urban “problem” for many cities, spreading from the NYC subway system in the early 1970s to the rest of the United States, and the rest of the world […]

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Cute Details for Everyday

I received these little ceramics just recently. Some attentive reader may have noticed them in my last post about the all time classic “Spaghetti Aglio & Olio,” looking pretty next to my plate.  They are little “cutlery rest” when setting an informal table for everyday,  to brighten up the table with a touch of class, […]

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Monte di Pietà or “Pawnbroker”

Something not to overlook when visiting any Italian city are the Monte di Pietà buildings. Often they are the most prominent buildings of the city. The “Monte di Pietà” was nothing more than the common “Pawnbroker.” What makes it very different in Italy is the beautiful, richly decorated building that once was the “Pawnbrokers” of […]

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The Whereabouts of St. Mark

I was always fascinated by the story of St. Mark, whose remains are richly guarded under the main altar inside the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Especially when I look at the beautiful mosaic on the facade of the Basilica where the remains of San Marco are covered with a blue sheet… like he […]

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A Xmas Tree for The Performing Arts

There is an installation of a Christmas Trees made with the travelling trunks, on various Piazze of Italy. The trunks are the object that unites all workers behind the scenes of performances, shows, fairs, and events. Instead of the traditional decorations, there are phrases written by show business workers, with words of good omen and […]

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