Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s raining, it’s pouring – umbrella bags, a genius invention!

As the clouds open up in Venice and across Europe again today, it reminds me of a curiosity that I first came across in Verona this Spring – umbrella bags! Umbrella bags? What are they?? Well, imagine you are out … Continue reading

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Behind the mask – Traditional mask making in Venice

Venice is famous for many things. Canals. Murano glass. Giacomo Casanova. But perhaps some of the most evocative images come from the masked Carnival celebrations every spring. And although the origins of the Venetian mask are shrouded in mystery, the purpose is … Continue reading

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The Mille Miglia – the most beautiful race in the world

La Mille Miglia ( mille meaning 1000, miglia meaning miles ) is often dubbed “the most beautiful race in the world.” Around 500 classic cars parade from Brescia, through northern and central Italy down to Rome and back over the course of … Continue reading

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Venice arrivals

Flying over the brackish lagoon into Venice’s Marco Polo airport there is the briefest glimpse of the beautiful island city out of the right-hand window as the plane banks and turns in to land. The sight holds promise of ornate … Continue reading

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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia

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