Lunch with Shaul

Mama and I were treated to a lovely lunch at the home of our friend Shaul today. What a special feeling to be welcomed into an Italian home like family! We first met Shaul about eight years ago, when he was giving a talk at the University of California, Santa Cruz, titled “Women, Jews, and…

A regular day in Venice

Mama and I had errands to run today, and we got to figure out how to accomplish them the Venetian way. It was a fun game to plot our path, based on the least number of bridges/stairs and what we needed to carry. We dropped off our laundry first — reuniting with our previous landlady…

First gelato of the trip

It was another hot and humid day in Venice. Mama and I tried to cool down with a cup of gelato. We chose a peach/apricot flavor, which was very creamy and refreshing. Paisley also enjoyed licking our cups when we finished. We walked a little farther from home today and still didn’t get lost! We…

Water door excitement

This morning we woke up to the news that we’ll get to arrive at our Venice apartment by its garden’s water door! This is a thrilling, new experience for us Venetophiles. In the past, we’ve taken a boat to the nearest dock, which isn’t necessarily all that close to where you’re going. Mama and I…

Top 5 in Venice, Italy

Today’s post is dedicated to friends with the incredible fortune of traveling to Venice, Italy this summer. The Nosy Parker family has spent a lot of time in Venice — it is like a home away from home for us. A college friend of mine is there on her honeymoon now, and as I perused…

Venetian travel fantasies

Today’s #OneGoodThing was seeing this gorgeous photo of Venice on Facebook. This stunning view was captured by our friend Davide Venier, owner of La Mela Verde, the best gelato shop in Venice! This photo truly makes me heartsick for our beloved Venezia, a magical city that brought mama back to life and felt like home.…

Imagining myself in Venice

I just love this photo!!! I’ve been imagining myself sitting there on the ledge with the dog and enjoying this glorious view of Venice all day. This photo was one of the first posts I saw on Facebook today. My friend Silvio, who I met through some other friends during a very special trip to…