JANET'S JOURNAL

Snippets of interest from a Grand Tourist 

Venice – Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice – Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice is a cosmopolitan port city which has suffered devastating outbreaks of plague throughout its history. It was the first to develop quarantine islands in the lagoon. Every November 21st, it celebrates the Feast of Santa Maria della Salute, an occasion for Venetians to give thanks for being delivered from the plague in the 1630s.

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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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