Are We Open for Travel?

Not Quite! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it may not be a very good idea to schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer season 2021. A “third wave” of coronavirus infections has been spreading across Europe; although Venice is not the most COVID-infected area, but there have been plenty enough of COVID-19 cases, and deaths have […]

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Easter Sunday

Another Easter in Lockdown Per se it is not that bad, it is just Easter but less pretentious. More intimate, no travel to fashionable places, nothing much. It is even less stressful. I recall I thought the same about Christmas, and NY Eve. Some traditions can be maintained nevertheless, like having the typical “Colomba Pasquale” […]

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Stop and… Look at the Sky

Maybe I was too busy before and never paid the proper attention, but now that life suddenly slowed down a lot, I just noticed how blue the sky is. Maybe because the air traffic diminished considerably, and so did the land transportation, the industry and power generation, shipping and aviation during the lockdown. That for […]

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Lipstick

I miss wearing lipstick!  I am longing for Normal (capital N) life, and for all the things we took for granted just a little more than a year ago.  I’d like to shake hands Hugging a friend, kissing loved ones. Going to theater, crowded ones too. Yes, elbow-to-elbow events! I do miss the social life, […]

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There Goes the Second Spring

So here is another Spring season that we can only admire from the window, in the privacy of our homes. As of today, March 15th, Italy is (almost) all in Code Red, meaning a total lockdown. Once again stores are totally closed, except the strictly necessary ones; supermarkets, pharmacies, and a few other businesses considered […]

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Mimosas for Meghan

As we celebrate International Women’s Day,  #IWD2021,  I would like to give a Mimosa to Meghan [Markle]. Not because she married a Prince, nor because she is a Duchess.  But because of all the online bullying she has been subjected since she started dating her now-husband until now. These days she is again mercilessly bullied […]

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A Year to Remenber

This was a year that we shall all remenber.  The color theme of the Christmas decorations was blue. But the decorations were plentiful, with blue lights projected on the facades of our beautiful palazzi. Somehow Christmas looked more dismal to me and less merry.  For all the bad things that happened, there was something good […]

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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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COVID Holidays

I’m of the impression that special care has been used for the Xmas decorations this year. Maybe to encourage us to do the usual holiday spending, or maybe just to cheer us up. But I see more lights, windows made as pretty as possible, and the city decorations hanged just so! It is enjoyable to […]

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Italian Foliage

Foliage is a magical word, just by pronouncing it we are enveloped by that wonderful feeling that only autumn can give us. That sensation caused by the scent of chestnuts, the first heat of the fireplace, and the scent of citrus. I must say that nothing beats the majestic USA foliage display. It is just […]

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Dream Castles

Time to Draw those Bridges! Done with the battles, territories defended, done with Guelphs and Ghibellines, done also with feudal lords and dark Middle Ages, courts and cannons all are finished; now Italy finds itself with a landscape full of very beautiful castles too often forgotten. An Italian Treasure to Discover Castles are a unique […]

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Take a Tomato…

Simple The essence of Italian cuisine is its simplicity. Although, it evolved through centuries of political and social changes, with roots dating back to the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine itself was influenced by the cuisine of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Byzantine, Jewish and Arabic; Italian cuisine maintained its simplicity thru the centuries, always relaying […]

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