How will we live together?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… The Venice Architecture Biennale, which began last month and runs to November, has an inspiring theme: How will we live together? How? The exhibition features examples from other times in different climes. For instance, the Finns display fabricated wood homes from the World War II refugee crisis. The Americans show timber-frame houses … Continue reading “How will we live together?”

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Donna Leon’s ‘Acqua Alta’ paints a pretty good picture of high waters in Venice

by Rashmee

Posted on November 13, 2019


I was at work today when I read about Venice under water, its walkable streets flooded, tables and chairs set out for touristy aperitifs bobbing along alleyways, and the gangways of hotels along the Grand Canal washed away. It’s the “acqua alta” or high waters, but an exceptionally intense one. This one has peaked at … Continue reading “Donna Leon’s ‘Acqua Alta’ paints a pretty good picture of high waters in Venice”

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For the love of #Venice, don’t go there. Head to Trieste instead

by Rashmee

Posted on May 5, 2018


I visited Venice last April (some of what I wrote at the time is here, here, here, here and here), thereby just managing to miss the frenzied march by Venetians against the tourism industry in July 2017. When an estimated 2,000 Venetians marched against pesky tourists carrying selfie sticks and snacking on one of the island city’s … Continue reading “For the love of #Venice, don’t go there. Head to Trieste instead”

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Two amazingly similar views of Venice: from April 2017 and the early 1700s

by Rashmee

Posted on September 3, 2017


To continue the theme from an earlier blog on Venice, a modern city that’s still amazingly, astoundingly, recognizable from centuries-old paintings. Look at this photograph taken by me on April 11, 2017. It was the low season and before the anti-tourist movement had begun to be felt. It’s a view of the Grand Canal from … Continue reading “Two amazingly similar views of Venice: from April 2017 and the early 1700s”

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A cheat’s guide to Venice. Oscar’s 5 easy tricks to avoid queues & other things

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2017


Here’s what I learned in three days in Venice. By the way, I went in the low-season, and before the anti-tourist movement had begun to make itself felt. Do reserve a place on a free walking tour. They’re conducted by volunteers who know and love Venice and want to share their city with visitors. At … Continue reading “A cheat’s guide to Venice. Oscar’s 5 easy tricks to avoid queues & other things”

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Were gondoliers and gondola-makers of yesterday’s Venice the coal-miners of America today?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2017


One of the last gondola workshops in Venice is to be found near the Ponte San Trovaso, on the Fondamenta Nani. It’s the Squero San Trovaso, just north of the Zattere Vaporetto stop. I looked at the men in the boatyard, busily engaged on a site that is said to have opened 400 years ago, … Continue reading “Were gondoliers and gondola-makers of yesterday’s Venice the coal-miners of America today?”

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It’s worth visiting world’s first ghetto, where the very word came into being. Especially now

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2017


If you’re visiting Venice, look away for a few hours from the beauty of the bridges, the light on the water, the poetry in stone of the city’s buildings. Head for the Ghetto, the world’s very first (known) experiment in organized exclusion of a whole community based on religion, race and fear-mongering. The word “ghetto” … Continue reading “It’s worth visiting world’s first ghetto, where the very word came into being. Especially now”

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Venice may be only city in which centuries-old paintings remain hyper-real today

by Rashmee

Posted on April 13, 2017


The truest line ever written about Venice may be from Peter Ackroyd’s biography of the city. “A Venetian of the 16th century, if not earlier, would have no trouble finding his or her way through the streets of the modern city,” Ackroyd writes in ‘Venice: Pure City’. “That is true of few other cities on … Continue reading “Venice may be only city in which centuries-old paintings remain hyper-real today”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK