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THE DREAM-LIKE QUALITY OF THE VENICE CARNIVAL

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Years ago when Mar was doing her primary research for two years in Florence for her Ph.D. at Yale, we went to Carnival in Venice on Martedì Grasso. NEVER will I forget the emotion of that experience, the dream-like quality of the slow-motion movements of the donners of historic, gorgeously detailed costumes against the unique architectural backdrop of Venice!

The elegant slow-motion-like movements of the donners create a feeling of suspension of reality, of an unreal sensation of floating and dreaming.

There is no hype, no clamor...just serene beauty with strains of Vivaldi seeping from remote corners, adding to the atmosphere and the sense of total mesmerization.

Mar returned this week: These are just a few of the images she captured which I would like to share with you.

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Coffee at the Florian - images which seem like paintings!!!!!!

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