Another mystery of life. Who  decided to add those particular letters to this fragment of graffiti? Are the girls Nadia, Anna, Sarah and Anita? Or, is there some other reason entirely?



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Brian Eno and what’s-his -name

A Venetian Biennale event titled The Sound of  Fire and Water  is currently being presented in the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music (Palazzo Pisani, very near Campo Santo Stefano).  The installations, meant to represent the interaction between sight and sound, consist of the recognisable music of Brian Eno and some of the rather less attractive paintings of Beezy Bailey.

Beezy Bailey has done many very good paintings. To see some  of his works online, click on this link:  images

But the ones on display surely did not reflect his talent. Oh well, the Palazzo and the views from its upper floors were well worth the visit.  And, the music of Brian Eno was very acceptable.


At the top of one flight of stairs, these tourists (*) paused to ponder an offering from Beezy Bailey. They were puzzled, and climbed the next set of stairs.


This landing is decorated in a very different, but lovely manner.


From the top floor, we were rewarded with rooftop views of Venice.

In the Conservatory that day, it was business as usual, so as we looked out onto Venice, we heard the sounds of pianos, string instruments and some highly dramatic vocal exercises.

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Looking down I saw an inner courtyard with a couple of wellheads, and one pesky tourist.



(*) These are two more pesky tourists, this time from Nuneaton, England. I couldn’t seem the shake them off my tail.


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Public transport in Dismal Swamp

If you want to get away from Dismal Swamp, here is one of your options: rail travel. I’ll be happy to take your money sell you a ticket to wherever you want to go.

Bring a cushion, especially if you’re not well padded. Oh, and there’s no Wi-Fi access in any of the carriages. But, that’s a plus, right?

All aboard!











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Trieste has interesting architecture

Trieste is only about 2 hours by train from Venice, and well worth a visit, if you have a few spare days and wonder what to do with them.

One activity that can absorb you is observing the many styles of architecture on display in the old part of the city.





There’s some good information on this site, if you want to know more about this city.  Trieste


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Just typical!

Every time I turn around, there’s one of those little Nissan vans. I’ve found out the model is called S-Cargo.* (Say that with a French accent, and you’ll get it!) This one was parked near a local leash free park, and I deduce the dogs I saw having a good time are members of the circus that is in Dismal Swamp just now. 20150716_144518 I don’t know why Dismal Swamp was one of the chosen venues for the touring group of the Moscow Circus, another mystery of life! Here’s a view of the interior of the vehicle. I was surprised to see it’s an automatic. 20150716_144537 The specifications tell me they were all produced as right hand drive, the motor is 4-cylinder, 1.5 L. This one wasn’t decorated as a wee mouse. 20150716_144606 I assume that when the circus leaves town, that’ll be the last I see of these quirky little vans.

“The Nissan S-Cargo is a small retro commercial van manufactured by Nissan. The styling of the S-Cargo was directly inspired by the appearance of the small postwar French Citroën 2CV Fourgonnette delivery van; it even used a Citroën style single spoke steering wheel. The 2CV was in its final years of production in the late 1980s and had a niche popularity in Japan at this time. Its name was a double entendre meaning both “Small Cargo” as well as “Escargot“, the French word for snail, a nickname for the Citroën 2CV being The Tin Snail.” Wikipedia


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Il topo (The mouse)

Spotted on a street in Dismal Swamp, this cheeky little vehicle. At first glance I thought it was a Citroen, but a closer look revealed it’s a Nissan product.





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The church known as Orsanmichele is located on a main thoroughfare in Florence. People walking past may notice statues of the patron saints of various guilds on the facades of the church. These statues are copies. To see the  originals from the late 14th century, you need to visit the museum, which is tucked in behind the church. The museum is open on Monday, and admission is free. It’s well worth a visit, even though there are many steps to climb to gain access! As an added bonus, you’ll get some panoramic views of Florence through the windows on the top floor of the museum.

When you walk around behind the church, be sure to look up at the façade of the museum building, it’s quite beautiful. 20150439 20150441-002 20150442 20150443


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