Monthly Archives: February 2015

Venice Carnival – The most beautiful mask competition

Dressing up is all part of the enjoyment of Venice carnival. But for some it’s more than just about being seen and photographed, it’s a creative challenge to produce THE most beautiful mask or costume. This year competition was fierce with … Continue reading

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Venice Carnival – The Flight of the Eagle

“Life is beautiful and Venice couldn’t have given me a bigger gift,” declared Italian paralympian Giusy Versace as she landed, grinning from ear to ear, on the carnival stage earlier today. Versace had been chosen as the “eagle” of this … Continue reading

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Venice Carnival – Costumes, creativity and cameras

Walking around Venice at the height of carnival is a little surreal. Passing my local café I spot the Mad Hatter having a coffee with Beetlejuice. A Renaissance gentleman queues with his groceries in the supermarket. A cat and a … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to say I love you!

With just a few days to go to Valentine’s Day I’ve been looking at how to say I love you in Italian, just in case I meet the love of my life in the streets of Venice! Magari! (If only!) And … Continue reading

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Shortlisted for Italy Magazine’s Best Overall Blog is………DreamDiscoverItalia!!!!!!!!

Yes, thanks to your lovely nominations dear reader, and the Italy Magazine panel, I am super, super-excited to confirm that DreamDiscoverItalia has been shortlisted for Italy Magazine’s 2014 Blogger Awards in the “Best overall blog for lovers of Italy” category!! … Continue reading

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Predicting the weather Venetian style on the Festa della Madonna della Candelora

Italy is a country of countries. That is to say it’s a country made up of lots of cities and regions that used to be republics or kingdoms before they united as one in 1861. So apart from speaking the … Continue reading

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Venice Carnival – Water Parade

Day 2 of Venice Carnival started with aqua alta, high water, and flooding in some parts of the city including the Rialto, St Mark’s and Cannareggio. Not ideal for spectators. But fortunately it didn’t subdue this morning’s celebrations as they were … Continue reading

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