Venice, an Endangered Species?

I was introduced to Jane da Mosto a few months ago at a social and arts event in Venice. Holder of a zoology degree from the University of Oxford as well as a Masters degree from the Imperial College London, Jane is an environmental scientist and an experienced consultant on sustainable development and climate change.

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In Venice and in Grand Style: the Art of Damien Hirst

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, enunciated this, and would probably have upheld this view if he had seen the artwork of Damien Hirst, one of the most famous creators of contemporary art and reportedly the United Kingdom’s richest living artist. Or would he?

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In and Around the City of Palladio (2)

In our last article, as you may remember, we embarked on a hibernal visit to Vicenza. This week, we shall continue, and conclude, our impassioned tour of the “City of Palladio”.

How about eating? We have been sightseeing, walking a lot, shopping for hats, drinking one or two “Spritz” (or “Spritzes”?)… Now it’s high time we fed ourselves on local specialties. One of Vicenza’s best known recipes is the delicious – and quite nourishing! – baccalà mantecato alla Vicentina, codfish cooked with milk and olive oil, and served with polenta. The ideal dish for the snowy, magical atmosphere of a cold winter day in the Veneto.

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In and Around the City of Palladio (1)

How about starting with a quick quiz? Here are the clues… It is a relatively small but very cosmopolitan Italian city. More than two thousand years old. Lying about 60 kilometers west of Venice. Its name has a Latin root meaning “victorious”. Its steel, jewellery and textile industries have made it one of the country’s richest towns. Together with the superb villas built by Andrea Palladio, the celebrated Italian architect, it was listed in 1994 as a Unesco World Heritage site…

Who said “Vicenza”?… Congratulations!

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Not a bad job after all!

Phew! I’m a little out of breath. I have just spent a week running around Italy! And now I am at the Venice airport waiting for my return flight to Paris and thinking: “Gee, it can get very hectic sometimes, but the fact remains that I do love my job!”

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The hot air balloon competition – Conversation with country estate owner Francesca Papafava – Part 3

Attentive readers will not have missed the fact that I have continued my conversation with Francesca Papafava; owner of the Country Estate Frassanelle. We discussed the topics of history, tradition, the future and future aims. I asked Francesca again, what particular memories she had of her ancestors.

Francesca: Yes, as a child in Frassanelle I mainly looked up to my Grandfather. Continue Reading →

Conversation with country estate owners: Francesca Papafava, Part 2.

In the last but one Blog, that perhaps you have read, in a one-on-one conversation, Francesca Papafava describes the history of her Country Estate and imparts a few insights in to her family life.

Katharina: How many people currently work at Frassanelle? How long have they been there?

Francesca: We currently have 9 employees, the eldest of whom is our gardener who is 75!

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Rustic elegance at its best

If I have always had a passion – and, I think, some flair – for design and interior

decoration, I most certainly owe it to my dear Mom, who was an accomplished expert in these fields. My eyes light up as soon as I have to deal with architecture, furniture, fabrics, glassware, lamps and carpets. Continue Reading →



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