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5 of the best pavilions at the Venice Art Biennale 2015

Tackling Venice’s art Biennale could be a bit daunting. With 89 participating countries, work from 136 artists spread out around the city and 189 days dedicated to art it is difficult to know where to start! And certainly there is … 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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Photo challenge – Triumph

Triumph can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of people. It could mean triumph in a difficult exam, triumph in talking to someone in a foreign language and being understood or triumph over a phobia. For me, however, triumph suggests the … Continue reading

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Celebrating San Martino in Venice

The day starts quietly enough. Street sweepers prepare the city. Church bells call the faithful to worship. And the Grand Canal gently fills with vaporetti water-buses as locals go off to school and work. The Venetian tranquility is, however, abruptly … Continue reading

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Io sto con la sposa premieres at Venice Film Festival 2014 to a standing ovation

If there were a Golden Leon for audacity, crowd-funded Italian documentary “Io sto con la sposa” (On the Bride’s Side) would win hands down. Lifting the lid on the obstacles facing refugees seeking safe haven in Europe, the documentary of … Continue reading

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An honorary Italian

This month I became an honorary Italian for an afternoon! Singing the Italian national anthem, arm in arm with fellow supporters, I watched Italy storm to an historic victory against France at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It was only … Continue reading

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