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  •  Correction: Florence, not Venice. eom (2+ / 0-)
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    The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

    by Wolf10 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 10:09:00 PM PDT

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    •  I found Europe to be fascinating that way. (2+ / 0-)
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      ...at times in surprisingly unprepossessing venues.

      Hole in the wall palazzo's that are simply magnificent inside and world famous triumphs of western architecture filled with furniture falling into rags. The sense of age one gets there is all encompassing; one can just feel the ongoing existence of prior generations everywhere.

      You just don't get that here.

      "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

      by nippersdad on Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 07:40:55 AM PDT

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      •  I was handed a leaflet in Florence (1+ / 0-)
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        for a one hour performance which I attended in Dante's chapel to hear a Russian violinist play Bach. It cost maybe 10 bucks. There were about thirty people, it lasted an hour and I was amazed that for locals such things are just part of everyday life.

        The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

        by Wolf10 on Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 09:46:26 AM PDT

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        •  That sounds wonderful! (1+ / 0-)
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          I wish I could have been there. That sense of high culture being used so casually seems foreign, doesn't it? We really do need to celebrate the best of our cultures more, all cultures, rather than just use them as wedge issues. Truly civilized people are a delight to be around.

          "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

          by nippersdad on Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 01:15:14 PM PDT

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