JANET'S JOURNAL

Snippets of interest from a Grand Tourist 

Venice – Carnival, Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice – Carnival, Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice was a port city – a cosmopolitan city, known for tolerance, every winter in the days leading up to Lent, the Venetians held a series of parties and balls. These events became grander and grander with every passing year. Costumes were elaborate and masks were essential. The idea of a ‘masked ball’ originated in Venice, a city known for spectacle, ceremony and drama. In the days of ‘Carnevale’ you could be whoever you wanted to be.

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Il Pavone – the paper maker in Venice

Il Pavone – the paper maker in Venice

Paolo Pelosin – paper maker in Venice – Paolo Pelosin runs Il Pavone – high quality hand made paper products in historic Venice. Next time you are passing pop in and make a purchase.

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Maps – I just love maps

Maps – I just love maps

Maps are a rich source of information including history, geography and landscape. To study a map carefully is to learn about a region or an area before setting foot in it.

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Oxford, England – May Morning

Oxford, England – May Morning

May morning in Oxford, choristers sing from the top of Magdalen Tower to welcome in springtime and a new season. The painting by William Holman Hunt is typical of the 19th century pre-Raphaelite style of exuberant and highly symbolic art.

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Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival 2020 – a fabulous celebration of creativity and sartorial elegance. A feast for the eyes and a tribute to the city of Venice, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic….

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A Grand Tourist in Naples

A Grand Tourist in Naples

The Grand Tour – a journey through Italy designed to educate and inspire young, wealthy travellers from the 18th century onwards.

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