Monthly Archives: February 2011

Venice – Fire Amidst the Waters

“The Great Fire” of 1105, “The Rialto Fire” of 1514, “The Arsenale Fire” of 1569 were all monumental, widespread fires that each destroyed a large area of Venice.  Other conflagrations may have been as terrible more locally, but records probably went … Continue reading

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Campo Santa Maria Formosa

One of the larger and more urbane campi in Venice, AND large enough to possess two pozzi, Campo Santa Maria Formosa presents a dignified environment to the visitor fresh from Piazza San Marco or the Rialto.   The white church of Santa … Continue reading

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Campo Santa Maria Novo

Although it lies along a main, signed route from both Strada Nova and the Rialto to Zanipaolo, Campo Santa Maria Novo maintains a relatively relaxed ambiance in eastern Cannaregio.  A tree (!), a rio (Rio di San Lio – Miracoli — … Continue reading

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Sunset Crater

Wander in the early morning through the rich ponderosa pine forests growing amid the foreboding black and red cinder landscape of Sunset Crater.  The contrast of pink penstemon in full bloom growing in the stark black, non-reflective lava cinder fields were particularly … Continue reading

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Arizona Grub

Grub – That’s Western American vernacular for “food”! I just completed my annual review of collected periodicals for items worth archiving, and Arizona Highways magazine, as always, provided a file’s worth. The Arizona Highways 2010 “Best Places to Eat” in Arizona compendium included … Continue reading

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Fiat Lux – The Lanterns of Venice

Lanterns are not only lighting devices for use on boats, calle and signs, but architectural features that are utilized to economically bring natural light into an interior space. Buildings may have windows – usually found in walls of building stories at or … Continue reading

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Venice – “Z” is for Zani-

The utilization of the Venetian dialect and simple local vernacular, to refer to many place names, and by extension historical names or events, in Venice is confusing to most non-Venetians who often hear or read about two or more different … Continue reading

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Venice – Islands by Any Other Name

Commentaries written after the major migrations of mainland residents into the Venetian Lagoon in the face of Trans-Alpine invaders, and a millenium of later research after an era of “silent witnesses”, contribute high-probability candidate names and locations in the core Venetian Archipelago for Venice’s “original 12 communities”… And … Continue reading

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Rialto – Location, Location, Location

A little more background, and a little more conjecture, seems always in order about Riva Alto. It is a tomba, one of the ancient, sturdy sandy islands standing proudly above the high tide line, thought to be locations for many of the new permanent settlements in … Continue reading

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