JANET'S JOURNAL

Snippets of interest from a Grand Tourist 

Venice – Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice – Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice was a port city – visiting ships arrived from the east every day. Sometimes the ships were carrying not just cargoes but also the plague. Venetians created quarantine islands in the 15th century. Then in 1631 they began to build the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute – in gratitude for surviving the plague of 1630.

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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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What was a Scriptorium?

What was a Scriptorium?

Before the invention of the printing press books were written by hand, usually by monks working in a room called a ‘Scriptorium’. The ‘Scriptorium’ was a small space, in the monastery, next to the library. Here the scribes (writers) would write, illustrate and copy manuscripts.

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