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Jun.02.2010
"What the detective story is about is not murder, but the restoration of order." P.D. James said that. Her astute observation resonates through the works of two authors of detective stories that have much in common, but whose protagonists couldn't be more different.  Both authors offer...
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Jan.26.2010
Valentine’s Day approaches, and that always puts me in a Shakespearean mood. This year with a new book -- O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell -- and a movie -- Letters to Juliet -- coming forth in the next few months, I have Romeo and Juliet on the brain.  O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny...
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Dec.28.2009
Each year as the days are at their shortest and the holiday frenzy is at its peak, I set out on a great quest.  You see, I am caught somewhere between digital organization and paper calendars.  I have a smart phone, and I am a Google Calendars devotee.  But I also search each year for a beautiful...
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Dec.21.2009
Today on my home blog I have some film of Venice from 1929 when the lagoon froze.  I also have links to some photos from this weekend's snowstorm in the city of canals.  And there's a little Vivaldi surprise, too.  I hope you'll check it out! http://www.gypsysguide.com/2009/12/link-love-frozen-...
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Dec.03.2009
When our favorite pensione in Rome closed several years ago, my husband and I were forced to start thinking creatively about where we could stay in Italy. Most hotels are too expensive for our modest budget, and we just aren’t into the hostel-thing any more. After a lot of research, we decided to...
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Nov.20.2009
Medieval and Renaissance Venetians often built exterior staircases on their homes to save precious living space.  But the architects of the Scala Contarini del Bovolo -- or staircase of the snail shell -- took the art of floor-to-floor mobility to a new artistic level.  Peter Contarini added the...
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Nov.13.2009
You all know how much I love brides, and on this last trip to Venice, I watched a particularly gorgeous wedding party having their photos taken in Piazza San Marco.  They were happily chatting in both English and Japanese.  The mother of the bride's kimono was absolutely gorgeous.  And look how...
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Nov.11.2009
While the history of the Bellini is as clear as a glass of Prosecco, that of the Spritz is much like that of Venice -- colorful and mysterious.  Cocktails much like the Spritz are common in parts of Austria, so most agree that the Spritz owes its origins to the Austro-Hungarian influence on...
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Nov.10.2009
There are two cocktails which are irrevocably identified with Venice: the Spritz and the Bellini. The Bellini was born in Venice’s most famous watering hole: Harry’s Bar. Owner and barkeep, Giuseppe Cipriani, created his bubbly celebration-in-a-glass in the 1930s. When he reopened his bar after...
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Nov.10.2009
              Taken from my Marion Grace novel, THE GODMOTHER, fully written but awaiting editorial attention. Dysfunctional family wrestles in the aftermath of two World Wars in pre-Millennium Britain. Jessica lived on the shadowy side of Bethesda. She was still...