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Learning to be Lost

March 4th 2015
We were sitting on a bench in Campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the larger squares in Venice, when a very stylish couple set down on the bench next to us. The man pulled out a map and began studying it intently. To make conversation, I mentioned to the lady that I thought I spent way too much time studying maps myself. She surprised me by telling me that she never bothered reading them at all! ... read more
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Italian Flag Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more
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4th March 2015

Wanderlust
You've definitely been in the perfect place for wandering and stayed in the best place for finding your home again. I spent a couple of weeks there (staying with nuns on Giudecca) and while I love maps, it was so much more fun to do as you did and aimlessly wander, magically discovering all those quaint squares, bridges, churches and characters. Fab prose and photos as usual--thanks for the delicious memories!
4th March 2015

Ah, Giudecca!
We spent a better part of a day there. Same architecture but no crowds. We liked Cipriani's hotel and the OCI museum. Close by San Giorgio Maggiore church was our favorite that we visited during our stay. I'm sure we'll be back someday! Thanks for reading, Tara!

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