Making waves in Venice

Authorities in Venice continue to do what little they can to stave off the inevitability of the fabled city’s sinking into the Adriatic. The latest is the introduction of speed traps to catch overly enthusiastic motor boat drivers from churning up the waters that are already dampening many a tourist’s visit. …

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Very Hungry God

This 1000 kilo sculpture by Indian artist Subodh Gupta, floating outside the Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal, was apparently quite the hit during the Venice Biennale. Made of stainless steel pots, pans and utensils, it was originally created for the 2006 Nuit Blanche festival in Paris. Why kitchenware? On …

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Joie de vivre revisited

VENICE — There’s no direct English (American or continental) translation for the French notion of joie de vivre. Merriam Webster’s  ‘joy of living’ doesn’t quite cut it. Nor does the Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘exuberant enjoyment of life‘, but that comes a little bit closer. (My definition is a work in progress, …

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Venice – La Joie de Vivre (almost)

Quick trip to Venice (2 1/2 hr drive from Ljubljana) the other day; the working plan was to check out Picasso: La Joie de Vivre at the Palazzo Grassi. Unfortunately the closest we were able to get to the exhibit was to take this picture of what I think is the coolest exhibit …

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