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Vizio Virtù – the finest chocolatier in Venice

As you push the old, glazed door open the rich, sweet scent of chocolate envelops you, enticing you in, making your mouth water and your taste buds tingle. And as you anticipate the first bite, your mind is working overtime … Continue reading

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Piazza San Marco, Venice – the drawing room of Europe

Every so often, amongst the usual tourist chatter and polite requests for directions, I overhear a gem. A snippet of a conversation, a tidbit that makes me giggle. Or sometimes groan. Let me give you an example. One sultry afternoon, … Continue reading

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Siena. Arrival.

It’s easy to fall in love with Siena. Charles Dickens once described it as “a bit of Venice, without the water”. I was smitten just from a photo! And once you’re under her Gothic spell, you’re hooked. But as I … Continue reading

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