Burano, a Rainbow Island with A Lacy History

(Many people visit Venice and don't realize there are some truly beautiful and historic islands just a short vaporetto ride (boat taxi) away in the Venetian lagoon. Burano is truly a must-see destination if you are in the area.) Bright Colors. When you see them in a photo your eyes instantly perk up and tend to …

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The Travelers

On my recent trip to Venice in late July I stumbled upon an art gallery as a friend and I were waiting in the rain to gain entrance into the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. We had not brought umbrellas and thought the wait to enter the museum would be short. It wasn't. We were wet. My …

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Venice After the Time of the Coronavirus

I'm both teary-eyed and giddy after returning from a trip to Venice last night. Those of you who have visited this timeless place know of its charms, but these feelings snuck up on me as I returned for the third time.  Although I was truly enamored with the city the first two times (How can …

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Heading Out to Sea After the Coronavirus in Croatia

It had been been a long, cold isolated winter in Pula because of Covid-19, and we were anxious to get away from our apartment where we, like many others in Croatia, had spent the last two months locked down.  As soon as the restrictions were lifted and cases had gone down to just a handful …

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Picture Perfect Croatia (Reflections On a Stolen Ramble through the Countryside)

There are certain times and certain places that  everywhere you look seems to sparkle with a magical brilliance of color and light. That feeling of clarity and visual pleasure awakens a dynamic portion of your soul, and it's in this sensation you begin to feel as if you are walking through a virtual masterpiece of …

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From the Inside Looking Out

I  have taken the isolation restrictions from the Minister of Health in Croatia very seriously since the whole Covid-19 isolation rules began back in March. At one point I didn't leave my apartment for six whole days for fear I would unknowingly become a vector for this disease. I started to feel a little crazy …

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Ringing Away The Evil Spirits or Covid-19

About a month ago at the Rijeka Carnival in Croatia, which now seems like a lifetime ago thanks to Covid-19, I was struck by some parade participants dressed in eery costumes that looked like they had come out of some psychedelic horror movie. Men were covered the whole lengths of their bodies by long strands of …

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Things Fall Apart

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Part Two) Things have devolved with the pandemic situation since my last post, and because things are changing so fast, what I wrote before now seems downright frivolous. This post may seem that way now or two weeks from now, but I just wanted to let people know …

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