Tuesday, 18 May 2010 Departure from Boston

September 15, 2010
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“Venice…Venice…Venice…” Arriving for a brief layover in Paris, France, an employee of Charles de Gaulle Airport stood in front of me, repeating my final destination while directing those bound for the tranquil lagoon to the right. As he serenaded me with his near rhythmic repetitions as I waited for my classmates to join me in [...]

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Wednesday, May 19 Torcello and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

September 15, 2010
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“Oh my…” Standing outside of a gelateria, I felt something wet strike my shoulder. By the looks of horror on my colleagues’ faces, I quickly realized that I had been welcomed to Venice by a pigeon. Prior to this unfortunate incident, my second day in Venice had been quite nice. For my first Venetian breakfast [...]

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Thursday, 20 May 2010 Piazza di San Marco and Verdi’s La Traviata

September 15, 2010
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“Let’s see where this goes.” On our way to the Naval Museum (where we saw a woodcut of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of Venice, along with antique Gondolas and exquisitely crafted models of historic Venetian boats and fortifications), we walked along the imposing walls of the Arsenale, arriving at its impressive Renaissance city gate with [...]

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Friday, 21 May 2010 Palladian Churches and Patriarchal Palace

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“It is supremely appropriate that everything dedicated to [God] should be made to the highest level of perfection of which we are capable.” I came across these words a month ago, reading Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio’s Quattro libri dell’architettura, a treatise that espoused “the essential principles that must be followed by all intelligent men eager [...]

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Saturday, 22 May 2010 Padua

September 15, 2010
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“Look like you belong,” Dr. Lazar coached us. Our official tour of the Palazzo del Bo had just reached its conclusion. Our university guide took us to the Anatomy Theatre of the University of Padua, built in the sixteenth century and the oldest medical theatre for displaying cadavers in existence, but not Galileo’s rostrum. In [...]

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Sunday, 23 May 2010 Vogalonga and Basilica di San Marco

September 15, 2010
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“Boom!” With the roar of the cannon at 9:00 AM, the boats, which inundated the Bacino di San Marco, began to move in unison. The Vogalonga had begun, the longest of all the rowing races on the lagoon, showcasing the standing oar-stroke and elegant flat wooden boats so characteristic of Venice. As Saint Mark’s Basin [...]

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Monday, 24 May 2010 Accademia, Salute, and Ca’ Rezzonico

September 15, 2010
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“This gallery may cause visual overload,” Dr. Beall warned us on the vaporetto ride to the Galleria dell’Academia. While the warning was lighthearted, by our visit’s end, I concluded that it was also true. Our tour began with Giovanni Bellini’s San Giobbe Altarpiece. We analyzed the piece, marveling at the rich colors and hyper-realism that [...]

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010 Villa Barbaro, Asolo, and Vicenza

September 15, 2010
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d “Okay everyone…” Dr. Lazar cooed over the bus intercom, “it is time to wake up.” I stirred in my seat and reluctantly opened my eyes after dozing off in our modern private bus for an excursion into the hill country of the Veneto. For my effort, an incredible view of the Maser countryside rewarded [...]

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Wednesday, 26 May 2010 26 Frari, Scuola di San Rocco, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at La Fenice

September 15, 2010
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“Do not look back.” After entering the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari through a side door, we received this instruction from Dr. Beall, as we processed to the back of the church. Fighting the temptation to look back, I repeated the instruction to myself in my head until Dr. Beall finally had us [...]

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Thursday, 27 May 2010 Glass-blowing in Murano and the Jewish Ghetto

September 15, 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010 Glass-blowing in Murano and the Jewish Ghetto

“I challenge you to try to resist the temptation to purchase a piece of glass while in Venice.” Dr. Lazar posed this particular challenge four months ago at an information session. At the time of the challenge, I smirked. Now on Murano, an island famous for centuries for its glass making, the smirk was gone. [...]

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Friday, 28 May 2010 Free Day

September 15, 2010
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“We are going to Burger King for lunch. Would you like to join us?” With no scheduled events for the day, different members of our group went different places. Some students looking for a change of pace decided to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Museum along with the new installations of contemporary art by the François [...]

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Saturday, 29 May 2010 Fish, Venetian Costumes, and Wagner

September 15, 2010
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“I think that you are most certainly a child of the Baroque.” Exiting The Church of San Moise, Dr. Beall shared with me her professional opinion, with which Dr. Lazar promptly concurred. Thoroughly impressed by the self-described “Baroccian” church, I was in no position to disagree. Dr. Beall’s opinion, however, culminated a day that involved [...]

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Sunday, 30 May 2010 Casa Goldoni and Farewell Dinner

September 15, 2010
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“To us, to good health, and to good living.” Sitting at a table on the water across from the illuminated façade of Il Redentore, thoroughly satisfied by a delicious last supper with an assortment of homemade pastas and specialties of meat and fish, Dr. Lazar raised his glass and offered this simple toast on our [...]

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Monday, 31 May 2010 Departure

September 15, 2010
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“One more bridge.” Carrying our luggage over three bridges (as opposed to the four on our day of arrival), we felt the reality of our return to the United States of America both physically and mentally. Who knew that our calves would have gotten so much exercise on the obligatory Venetian “stair-master?” Awaiting the vaporetto [...]

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