Leaving Venice

On a foggy, rainy day, I’m watching the water taxis bounce on the canal like kids’ toys, waiting for our own to take us to the airport. This was our second trip to Venice and we’ve decided it won’t be our last. There is some thunder over the 700-year-old domes we can see from our balcony, which have experienced the winds and rains for centuries, standing still, dignified guardians. In St. Mark’s Square, the tuxedoed musicians play to the crowds …


Still More from Venice

People may worry about Venice disappearing under water, but the city has been battling that threat successfully for centuries. The battle it is losing is that of abandonment: Venice’s small neighborhoods and squares are abandoned. There are no people shopping no elderly smoking and chatting, no children playing ball. The locals are leaving. Apartments are being purchased by foreigners and used only sparingly, boarded up for the rest of the year. In a city of no cars, the silence is …





Venice

We’re off to Venice today for my By Invitation Only meeting (formerly Million Dollar Club) of ten firms and/or solo practices. Venice consists of 117 small islands between the Po and Piave Rivers. Once upon a time, the city was a major power as a Republic, is prominent for Renaissance art, and is the birthplace of the brilliant Baroque composer, Vivaldi. It is one of the most romantic cities we’ve ever visited, and has fabulous food and, of course, wine. …