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Returning to The Great Game in Venice - What are the Rules?

Line to enter Cartier-Bresson exhibit in the lobby of Palazzo Grassi - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) What is life like inside Venice, Italy these days? It depends on which section of town you go to, and at what time of day. It depends on whether you talk to someone who owns an eatery, or rows a sandola, or works in a hotel, or someone whose livelihood does not depend on the tourist industry. It depends on what your interests are. Some people think Venice has never been more beauti...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Austria, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Cinderella, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Grassi, Veneto Region, Cat Bauer, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog


Lunch at Venice’s Locanda Cipriani – and the recipe I took home

The Venetian lagoon is home to one of Italy’s greatest restaurants. Our gourmand recalls a dazzling lunch on its terrace, and shares one of its classic pasta recipesIt was autumn in Venice. Pale mist hung over the canals in the early mornings before vaporising as the sun rose, and the city dressed up in its familiar, magical brocade of opulence and decay, like a raddled courtesan donning her finery for one last flourish. It should have been a time of melancholy, as my great adventure – spending ...
Tags: Travel, Food, England, Australia, Italy, Italian food and drink, Food And Drink, Venice, City Breaks, Short breaks, Italy Holidays, Venice Holidays, Rory, Lois, Piazza San Marco, Locanda Cipriani


Returning to The Great Game in Venice

Line to enter Cartier-Bresson exhibit in the lobby of Palazzo Grassi - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) What is life like inside Venice, Italy these days? It depends on which section of town you go to, and at what time of day. It depends on whether you talk to someone who owns an eatery, or rows a sandola, or works in a hotel, or someone whose livelihood does not depend on the tourist industry. It depends on what your interests are. Some people think Venice has never been more beauti...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Austria, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Cinderella, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Grassi, Veneto Region, Cat Bauer, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog


Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Award Winners

Travel came to a standstill when the pandemic struck last year. Airplanes, trains and cruise ships emptied. Crowds deserted tourist attractions like Venice's canals, the Louvre and the Empire State Building. Most of the world hunkered down at home, waiting for conditions to improve.
Tags: Travel, Venice, Louvre, Forbes Travel Guide


Travel from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in 10 Minutes by Boat: A 4k Timelapse

In 2013, traveled from Rotterdam to Amsterdam, with a timelapse camera installed 30 meters high. The resulting film “gives a unique and stunning view of the old Dutch waterways, in 4K.” And lots of bridges along the way. All images were shot with a Canon 550d at an interval of 3 seconds. 30,000 pictures were taken in total. Initially, “the film couldn’t be published due to restrictions. After a few years it was forgotten.” But now it has been resurrected, and it’s online. Would you li...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, College, Amsterdam, Venice, Rembrandt, Canon, Rotterdam, Facebook Twitter, Vermeer Revisit Scenes of Daily Life, Artificial Intelligence Travel


How Venice Invented the World

Many of the conventions that we accept as "normal" today were originally invented in Venice. A new book takes us on a journey through Venetian thought and innovation.
Tags: Travel, Books, Venice, Books & Literary Travel, Venice & Veneto, Venice Invented the World


Rising from the Ashes - The 25th Anniversary of the Teatro La Fenice Fire in Venice

Teatro La Fenice New Year's Day 2021 - Photo: Ufficio Stampa (Venice, Italy) Twenty-five years ago today, the world watched in horror and disbelief as Venice's beloved opera house, Teatro La Fenice, burned to the ground. But true to its name, La Fenice -- The Phoenix -- rose from its ashes. During the pandemic, La Fenice has delighted the planet once again with its innovative livestreams, enriching our spirits and uniting the community as we applaud with emojis while confined insid...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Venice, Benjamin Britten, Napoleon, Verdi, Phoenix, Wagner, La Traviata, Maria Callas, Agrigento, Teatro La Fenice, La Fenice, Republic of Venice, Claudio Monteverdi


Musica Venezia Presents Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Giorno della Memoria) 2021 at Ateneo Veneto in Venice

Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, from the Golden Haggadah, c. 1320, Northern Spain, probably Barcelona (British Library, MS. 27210, fol. 1o verso) (Venice, Italy) Musica Venezia has been entertaining and educating Venice for decades with its distinct, top-quality events in some of the city's most impressive venues. Roberta Reeder, the Artistic Director of Associazione Culturale Musica Venezia and long-term resident of Venice, brings her rich background as a scholar and produc...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Barcelona, Egypt, Italy, Venice, Moses, Naples, Venice Italy, Aaron, Red Sea, Arias, Pesaro, Rossini, Gioachino Rossini


Musica Venezia Presents Remembrance of the Holocaust (Giorno della Memoria) - at Ateneo Veneto in Venice

Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, from the Golden Haggadah, c. 1320, Northern Spain, probably Barcelona (British Library, MS. 27210, fol. 1o verso) (Venice, Italy) Musica Venezia has been entertaining and educating Venice for decades with its distinct, top-quality events in some of the city's most impressive venues. Roberta Reeder, the Artistic Director of Associazione Culturale Musica Venezia and long-term resident of Venice, brings her rich background as a scholar and produc...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Barcelona, Egypt, Italy, Venice, Moses, Naples, Venice Italy, Aaron, Red Sea, Arias, Pesaro, Rossini, Gioachino Rossini


The life of Sheldon Adelson, the late casino billionaire behind The Venetian and Marina Bay Sands, who donated more than $120 million to Republican causes in 2020

Gambling giant Las Vegas Sands Corp's Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson speaks during an interview with Reuters in Macau, China, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor, died on January 11 at the age of 87. Adelson, who was chairman and majority shareholder of the world's largest casino operator, Las Vegas Sands, was worth an estimated $33 billion in January 2021 before he died, per Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Adelson...
Tags: Asia, Politics, Hollywood, Republicans, Hotels, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, New York Times, Billionaires, Sheldon Adelson, Airbus


Tribute To Pierre Cardin

Designer Pierre Cardin died at 98 years old last week, still working until the end of his life. In a tribute to the late, great Cardin, today is a repost of a blog I wrote in 2015 about the Pierre Cardin Museum in the Marais and also of the Paris premiere of the wonderful documentary House of Cardin, which I attended last September. Pierre Cardin, one of the most prolific fashion designers of the 20th century and the first designer to mass market his name and products, is still going stron...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, France, China, Russia, Events, Paris, Venice, Vincent, Marais, Dionne Warwick, Emily, Bernard Henri Lévy, Jean Paul Belmondo, Pierre Cardin, Cardin


Happy New Year 2021 - The Ancient Majesty of Venice - The 14th Quaderno & Four Columns of the San Pietro Portal

The Four Black & White Aquitaine Marble Columns of the Portal of San Pietro - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) As you step inside the main entrance, or narthex, of the majestic Basilica of San Marco in Piazza San Marco, you are confronted by a sacred and powerful presence. To the left of the main portal is the portal of San Pietro; the portal of San Clemente is on the right. There are eight free standing columns with shafts of black and white Aquitaine marble that adorn the sides of ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Romania, Venice, San Marco, Mark, Venice Italy, Basilica, Adriatic Sea, San Clemente, Piazza San Marco, San Pietro, Eastern Roman Empire, Mose, Marsilio, Cat Bauer


Happy New Year 2021 - The Ancient Majesty of Venice - The 14th Quaderno & Four Columns of San Pietro Portal

The Four Black & White Aquitaine Marble Columns of the Portal of San Pietro - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) As you step inside the main entrance, or narthex, of the majestic Basilica of San Marco in Piazza San Marco, you are confronted by a sacred and powerful presence. To the left of the main portal is the portal of San Pietro; the portal of San Clemente is on the right. There are eight free standing columns with shafts of black and white Aquitaine marble that adorn the sides of ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Romania, Venice, San Marco, Mark, Venice Italy, Basilica, Adriatic Sea, San Clemente, Piazza San Marco, San Pietro, Eastern Roman Empire, Mose, Marsilio, Cat Bauer


Goodbye, 2020! Venetians Get the Last Word of a Terrible Year

A few days before the end of 2020, some Venetians hung a banner over the edge of the Rialto Bridge to say goodbye to a difficult year. #Fanculo2020
Tags: Travel, 2020, Venice, Veneto, Rialto Bridge, Italy News, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Gorizia & Nova Gorica 2025 Capital of Culture

The Slovenian city of Nova Gorica and Italy’s Gorizia, just across the border from each other, will be the 2025 European Capital of Culture. — ANSA , News in English You may have heard of Gorizia if you’ve seen our map and travel guide to Friuli Venezia Giulia. Back in the Romanesque period the town was a very big deal; it was its very own country then. But history and a world war changed all that. It passed to Austria in 1500 and became a highly regarded cultural center under Austrian ru...
Tags: Travel, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Venice, Yugoslavia, Michele, Church of Santo Spirito, Gorizia, Nova Gorica, European Capital of Culture ANSA News, Friuli Venezia Giulia Back, Transalpina Square, Gorizia Gorizia Castle, Palazzo Attems Petzenstein St Ignazio Church, Piazza della Vittoria


Silversea: Save 20% on Select Cruises

Silversea: Save 20%, Select 2021 Cruises Save 20% on select 2021 Silversea cruises when you book and pay in full by February 28, 2021. For a list of all of the select cruises on this special offer, . To highlight the special savings available with this promotion, let me pull out one of the included itineraries: Silversea: Mediterranean Cruise, Athens to Venice, August 27, 2021 Here is what you need to know about this very popular itinerary: With the early booking bonus, you save 20% off o...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Blog, Venice, Corfu, Silversea, Butler, Silversea Cruises, Corfu Greece, Roaming Boomers Travel Services, Virtuoso Voyages, Luxury Ocean Cruises, Silverseas, Mediterranean Cruise Athens


Venice’s €6 Billion Flood Barrier Probably Won’t Be Enough

“For all its exquisite engineering, MOSE is essentially a stopgap, a $6 billion duct-tape fix that could work just long enough to induce complacency. The fact that it took so long to design and build means that the technology predated the latest science. … A 2011 UNESCO report concluded that MOSE ‘might be able to avoid flooding for the next few decades, but the sea will eventually rise to a level where even continuous closures will not be able to protect the city from flooding.” – Curbed
Tags: Art, Unesco, Venice, Issues, Mose, 12.16.20


Controversial Christmas Tree in Venice - Digital vs. Real - Why not both?

Digital Christmas by Fabrizio Plessi - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) There is a debate in Venice about whether or not you like the glowing gold Digital Christmas installation by the international artist Fabrizio Plessi that is currently in the Piazzetta in San Marco, made up of more than 80 panels of flowing light. Each river of gold flows in a different direction, symbolically uniting earth, water and sky.    The 80-year-old Plessi was inspired by his deep love of Venice and the gold ...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Murano, San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Correr Museum, Piazzetta, St Mark s Basilica, Cat Bauer Venice Italy, Cat Bauer, Pesaro Venice, Fabrizio Plessi, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Venice Digital, Plessi, Cat Bauer Long


Remembering John Lennon on the 40th Anniversary of his Death

The Imagine Circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City (Venice, Italy) On December 8, 1980, I was living in the West Village in New York, studying theater with Stella Adler, and working part-time as a waitress at a pub called Traders Inn on Hudson Street between West 11th and Bank. I lived right around the corner, and had gotten home about 11:00 PM. My phone rang a little while later. It was my sister calling from New Jersey. "John Lennon has been shot." I was stunned. ...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, New York Times, Italy, Madonna, Bank, Venice, Upper West Side, Central Park, West Village, Dakota, Alan Weiss, Weiss


A Look into the Wondrous Life & Expansive Work of the Late Jan Morris, Who Wrote the Entire World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgf-zESxLQU Jan Morris spent her long life and career writing about the world. Her voluminous body of work includes books about countries like Spain, the United States, and her ancestral homeland of Wales; cities like Oxford, Trieste, and Sydney; and even city-states like Hong Kong and her beloved (if sometimes resented) Venice. And yet, as she declared on CBS Sunday Morning twenty years ago, “I hate being called a travel writer, and I don’t believe I am o...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Books, Wales, College, Spain, Earth, Bbc, United States, Sydney, Cbs, Venice, Seoul, Jan Morris


Regent Seven Seas Cruises: 2020 Holiday Sale

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: 2020 Holiday Sale 2020 Holiday Sale: Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the Gift of Travel* with 20% savings on select 2021 Mediterranean and Northern Europe voyages. The Gift of Travel goes beyond the material and provides experiences and memories to be shared and cherished for years to come. From Dubrovnik’s ancient streets to Iceland’s famed Blue Lagoon to Jerusalem’s sacred antiquities, unforgettable opportunities await. Use your $500 Shipboard Credit to explore f...
Tags: Travel, London, Featured, Jerusalem, Blog, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Athens, Miami, Venice, Iceland, Reykjavik, Mediterranean, Dubrovnik, Oslo


Visiting a Plague Church during a Pandemic - The Feast of the Madonna della Salute, Venice 2020

Madonna della Salute 2020 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) No blazing candles. No pontoon bridge. No balloons for the children, or sweets from the South of Italy. We can only imagine the discussions that went on as to how to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna della Salute this November 21st -- the day when Venice gives thanks for deliverance from the plague -- in a year restricted by a global pandemic.    Normally, thousands of Venetians pour across a pontoon bridge that stretche...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Madonna, Virgin, Venice, Christ, Crete, Grand Canal, Venice Italy, Campo, Virgin Mary, Candia, Gritti Palace, Venetian Senate, Mark Venice, Cat Bauer


Guest Post: Cy Todd

  Hi Everyone!   I don't know about you, but when I got a message from Corey, asking me to consider doing a guest post on her blog, well... I had just finished reading about Rebecca  the Metropolitan Opera singer in NYC, and thought... how do I follow that?   Then I read about Jennifer in New Zealand, and again, I'm thinking... how do I follow that?  Then I gave up.  What could possibly be of interest to Corey's readers about my life?  And besides, she probably wrote ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Usa, France, Rebecca, New Zealand, Christian, Monaco, Venice, Mediterranean, South Of France, Venice Italy, Corey, Jennifer, Yann


One Year After the Venice Flood - Walter Mutti's Newsstand is Back!

The Zattere during acqua alta - Photo: Cat Bauer   (Venice, Italy) On the night of November 12, 2019, Venice was barraged by rising tides and whipped by winds of more than 75 miles per hour. Walter Mutti's newsstand struggled to remain upright in its perilous position on the Zattere, the main promenade that runs along the Giudecca Canal. Even though it was constructed from heavy steel, Walter's edicola was no match for the forces of nature. The violent winds knocked the newsstand over. T...
Tags: Travel, Europe, West, Italy, Venice, Carnival, Mother Nature, Walter, Venice Italy, Conte, VENEZIA, Veneto, Piazza San Marco, Newsstands, Cat Bauer, Giuseppe Conte


One Year After the Venice Flood - Yes, Walter Mutti's Newsstand is Back!

The Zattere during acqua alta - Photo: Cat Bauer   (Venice, Italy) One year ago, on the night of November 12, 2019, Venice was barraged by rising tides and whipped by winds of more than 75 miles per hour. Walter Mutti's newsstand struggled to remain upright in its perilous position on the Zattere, the main promenade that runs along the Giudecca Canal. Even though it was constructed from heavy steel, Walter's edicola was no match for the forces of nature. The violent winds knocked the new...
Tags: Travel, Europe, West, Italy, Venice, Carnival, Mother Nature, Walter, Venice Italy, Conte, VENEZIA, Veneto, Piazza San Marco, Newsstands, Cat Bauer, Giuseppe Conte


Astronauts on the space station see vibrant deserts, roiling storms, and volcanic eruptions. These are the best photos ever taken from the ISS.

Backdropped by New Zealand and the Cook Strait in the Pacific Ocean, astronauts Robert Curbeam (left) and Christer Fuglesang (right) participate in an extravehicular activity. NASA Astronauts have lived on the International Space Station continuously for 20 years — the first expedition arrived on November 2, 2000. Astronauts have taken millions of pictures of their breathtaking views throughout those two decades, capturing from sprawling city lights to volcanic eruptions. Here are the 27 b...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Australia, France, Africa, Trends, Iran, Nasa, Earth, Features, Unesco, Canada, Chile, International Space Station, Paris


Mystical Hallowmass Season in Venice during the Blue Moon

San Michele, Venice's Island of the Dead - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) A heavy mist engulfed Venice on All Hallows' Eve, adding a mystical element to the Hallowmass season. Enhanced by the light of the full Blue Moon, the air was so thick that it seemed to swirl with the phantoms of the ancestors. Now is the time of their annual journey through the veil that divides the realm of the dead from the world of the living.   San Michele, the cemetery island, is where Venice buries h...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Dante, Grand Canal, Venice Italy, Virgil, Rialto Bridge, San Michele, Rialto Bridge Photo, Cat Bauer, Georgy Frangulyan, San Michele Venice, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Fondamenta Nuove, Olga Rudge Ciao


Ca' Scarpa, a new exhibition space in Treviso, celebrates Venetian architects Carlo Scarpa & his son, Tobia

Entrance to Ca' Scarpa - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) A new exhibition space opens in Treviso celebrating the great Venetian architects, Carlo Scarpa, and his son, Tobia. The ancient church of Santa Maria Nova was suppressed under Napoleon, then went on to be used as a print warehouse for the Finance Authority. Thanks to Luciano Benetton, one of the co-founders of the Benetton Group, it was recently acquired by Edizione Property, and transformed into a spacious, contemporary cult...
Tags: Travel, Scarpa, Italy, Venice, Treviso, Gardens, Napoleon, Cappadocia, Venice Italy, Tobia, Tobia Scarpa, Valle, Cappadocia Turkey, Luciano Benetton, Rose Valley, Università


Guest Post: Judy Pinson

                                                                                                                                                        O ur Love Story                       The man I loved asked me to marry him three times, and I said “No” each time.   The first time was on the Grand Canal in Venice.   The second time, at the top of the Eiffel Tower.   The third time, we were on a train traveling through the mountains in Californ...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Eiffel Tower, Venice, Bill, Portland Oregon, Reno, Grand Canal, Corey, Oregon City, French la Vie, Judy Pinson, Bill My girlfriend, Yann Sidenote, St Baume


A Masterpiece for Venice at Gallerie dell'Accademia - First Up: Lorenzo Lotto's Sacred Conversation

Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (Sacred Conversation) by Lorenzo Lotto (1526-28) (Venice, Italy) A Masterpiece for Venice is a new initiative that brings exceptional works of the Venetian Renaissance home from abroad for a limited visit. The first painting to sojourn at the Gallerie dell'Accademia is Lorenzo Lotto's vibrant Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (Sacred Conversation) on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The A Masterpiece ...
Tags: Travel, Vienna, Madonna, Jesus, Venice, St Petersburg, Thomas, Venice Italy, Veronese, Intesa Sanpaolo, Gallerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Cat Bauer, Saints Catherine, Lorenzo Lotto, La Pietà



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