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Steals sadness and washes you clean...

San Giorgio Maggiore

"Face masked, heart bare, she is a thief, this Venice. All limpid and luminous, she contains you in honeyed arms and dissolves longing. She steals sadness and washes you clean. A Byzantine in a Gothic dress, a golden Renaissance princess perfumed with cloves and sprung from a swamp, she is the untimid testimony to the greatest will and conceit of our kind. Once you hear her secrets - unselfconsciously told, echoing, scuttling across wet stones - you are richer, poorer, more vulnerable, and, somehow, unassailable. She provokes and invites; she is open when she is not sealed, mad with contrast and contradiction, rousing all but the most pinched of souls."

- Marlena de Blasi (from her cookbook, Regional Foods of Northern Italy)

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Comments (10)

sandrac:

What a wonderful photo, Annie! And the image of Venice -- "she steals sadness and washes you clean -- is very evocative.

Wow! For both the images and the quote. Love it!

Anne:

Annie, you always find new ways to bring Venice to life! Such an evocative quotation, it perfectly suits your gorgeous photo.

Barb Cabot:

Just a perfect sentiment and photo.

diBlasi is an artist with words, and the photo just enhances this great thread. You constantly surprise how you can bring the magic of Venice to life! m

Barb Cabot:

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I love reading your blog. It is awesome and inspiring.
Congratulations !

A truly beautiful image and quote!

I really love this photo! Great quote also. It describes Venice perfectly.

LB:

Belissima!

What a lovely excerpt.

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