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“Venice Never Changes”

“Venice Never Changes”

“Venice Never Changes,” Samantha Durell replied in response to my observation that compared to other Italian cities, such as Florence or Rome, the famous city of canals on the Adriatic Sea looked like a down-at-the-heels in-desperate-need-of-a-cobbler “repair job” to the fading facades of its houses and palazzos.

What Venetians meant, she said, is “We like it the way it is,” which I took as a sort of “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it” attitude toward their rather dowdy looking hometown.

If your house is about to collapse into a canal, the city would make you rebuild it, but otherwise, it would remain the same.

It was the third week of September, 2001, and my wife and I were on a walking tour with Durell, a New Yorker who now spent most of her time living in Venice, leading tourists like us around the back streets of her adopted city.

Some things had already started to change. While we had coffee at her apartment, Samantha pointed to boats on the adjacent canal. Unable to afford their own places due to rising real estate values, younger Venetians were forced to continue living with their parents. The only way to have a private tryst was to take your boat out to the Lido and make love at sea, under the stars.

There was also a change, albeit temporary, during our stay, caused by something that had happened in the U.S. less than two weeks before.

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Finding Florence

Finding Florence

Rome, Venice, Florence.

Venice, Rome, Florence,

Florence, Venice, Rome.

(Echineri1 Flickr Photo)
(Echineri1 Flickr Photo)

In any order you choose to place them, this triumvirate of Italian cities beckons travelers to come and “Mangia, mangia!” by taking in glorious food, art, architecture and history, gastronomically and visually.

During our month-long virtual trip across Europe in August, we didn’t make it to Florence. Today we’ll spend just under five minutes there, enough to whet our appetite for Florentine food and culture to be enjoyed during a longer, in-person visit.

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Falling in Love (With Venice) All Over Again

Falling in Love (With Venice) All Over Again

Falling in love with a place once is something many travelers have experienced.

But falling in love with the same place twice? Is it possible?

( Gnuckx Flickr Photo)
( Gnuckx Flickr Photo)

After an absence of over two decades, online journalism professor Mindy McAdams of the University of Florida comes back to Venice, Italy, and writes about finding true love of place again.

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