Venice, Italy. Part I. February 2016

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“When I went to Venice, my dream became my life.” – Marcel Proust “Venice opens her arms to all whom others shun. She lifts up all whom others abase. She welcomes those whom others persecute. She cheers the mourner in his grief and defends the disposed and the destitute with charity and love. And so I bow to Venice with good reason. She is a living reproach to [papal] Rome.” – Pietro Aretino in his address to Doge Andrea Gritti, 1527 If you have never been to Venice, you haven’t seen the most beautiful city in the World. When people ask me about my favorite place, I always tell the truth …

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Cambridge, England. July 2014

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July 16, 2014 My husband and I started off our 7 week European vacation in Cambridge, England, where he, at the time, was undergoing his company’s week-long training. We just got married and planned to visit Oxford, a place where we met and went to school, along with a dozen of other destinations in England, Greece, Belarus and Russia. I admit, the only reason I bought Norwegian air flight from New York to Gatwick was the price, indeed, it was relatively inexpensive. The truth is – you get what you pay for – since I brought my dinner with me on the plane (and didn’t pre-order it with the airline), …

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