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SAGA OF THE DROPPED COFFEE POT (Deaf in Venice 6)

We are nearing the end of our wonderful holiday in Venice – just a couple of days to go. We have had another wonderful day today visiting various churches, museums and art galleries, and now we are relaxing back at our apartment. We have enjoyed a lovely meal in the apartment garden and are about […]

CHUTZPAH (Deaf in Venice 5)

One of the advantages of having an apartment in the Cannaregio area of Venice is that it gives us the opportunity to explore bits of this magical city that are somewhat off the well beaten tourist trail. Today we are walking through the narrow alleys, with surprises around every corner, that make up the huge […]

LEFT BEHIND! (Deaf in Venice 4)

We are going on a Sightseeing Tour across the Venetian Lagoon to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. It will take about four hours or so and we have been warned that it is a tight schedule and that we need to be on time at every stage of the tour. We reckon that […]

PHONE HOME (Deaf in Venice 3)

We are part way through our tour of the magnificent Doge’s Palace in Venice – admiring the pictures in the wonderful Tintoretto exhibition in fact – when Julia suddenly exclaims, ‘You’re not quite the ticket!’ Everybody looks at us. What is going on here I wonder. One minute I am ‘Deafo!’ and now I am […]

NO! NO! POLIZIA! (Deaf in Venice 2)

Julia and I are having a debate about whether or not to go on a Gondola ride whilst we are here in Venice. We know that it is expensive: 80€ for 30 minutes and 120€ for 45 minutes. The 80€ trip is rather minimalistic – just around the back canals if you choose to board […]

SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN (Deaf in Venice 1)

We are in the wonderful city of Venice for 10 days celebrating two special birthdays this year – Julia was 60 in May and I will be 75 in November. Julia has never been to Venice but I first came here nearly 60 years ago on a school trip when I was 16. That visit […]

LIVING IN A VACUUM (Notes from Knaphill 14)

I recall reading of a Pastor who was a key figure in the early days of the Revival in Indonesia during the 1960s who inexplicably lost his ministry and declined into comparative obscurity as a result. Seemingly there was no clear reason for this – no moral failure nor proud spirit. One day he was […]