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FROM The man in the front seat / May 6, 2014

Lace and the Sea (Venice)

Venice as a city or more exactly Burano, one of its islands, is renowned for its association with “punto di aria” or needlepoint lace. Althought the arrival of the lace can be traced back to Cyprus that is still no reason to not let a bit of legend make it even clearer. The story goes that a sailor, leaving his fiancée on Burano set out on a voyage only to shipwrecked on an area that was inhabited by mermaids. Bewitched by the mermaids beautiful looks and voices, the rest of […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 6, 2014

Burano Island, Venice

With its population of 2,800, Isola di Burano, or Burano Island in English is actually four islands linked together by a series of bridges and is renowned for its brightly coloured houses, lace stores and wonderful seafood restaurants. Located 7km (4mi) away from St. Marks, the island requires a 40min private vaporetti ride (or 2 hours by public water bus) through the picturesque Venetian lagoon. History Like many other islands in the lagoon, Burano is believed to of been inhabited since Roman times, well before the present Venetians arrived at […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 11, 2014

Aperol – I must be in Venice

Created in 1919 by the Barbieri Company which  is based in Padua, Italy. Aperol has become one of the most popular Italian aperitifs of all time. After a relatively slow start Aperol’s unique combination of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona (a plant native to South America) has sky rocketed in popularity since WWII. Looking a little like Campari (in fact its owned by the Campari company today), Aperol is only half it’s alcohol content at 11% and much more pale in colour. Aperol is sold in Germany however its […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 26, 2013

Gondolas (Venice)

Gondolas are as much a part of Venice as the Eiffel Tower is a part of Paris. For hundreds of years gondolas have been the principle transport around Venice and the lagoon Venice is located in. In the 17th and 18th century’s it has been estimated that there were between 8,000-10,000 gondolas in the city, today just over 500 are registered with the Venetian government and nearly all of those are used for hire by the tourist who visit the city.The gondolier propels the gondola with a single oar by […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 26, 2013

Piazza San Marco (Venice)

Italy is known for its beautiful piazzas (squares) but there are several that are more well known than the others. Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square) in Venice certainly falls in that category. The square is surrounded on all four sides of which one of those is the western facade of the Basilica San Marco (St. Marks Basilica). The Offices of the Procurators extend for the entire length of the northside, the Procurators were officers of state during the time of the republic and responsible for protecting the body of […]

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