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Guess Who Slept Here

Posted on · Forgive another post so soon after the last, but I've just discovered something about our hotel here in Verona I think is worth sharing. Mozart stayed here! The Hotel Due Torri is in a 14th-century building known as the Palazzo dell'Aquila, and when Mozart rolled into town it was still a private residence. I don't think he was here stealing the soap and shampoo!

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Three Pennies Go A Long Way in Verona

Posted on · Last night, members of the KUHF arts tour to Italy went to see a ballet production of The Threepenny Opera, L'Opera da Tre Soldi in Italian, at Verona's Teatro Filarmonico (pictured). The most successful of the collaborations between composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera proclaims itself "an opera by and for beggars." It was an attempt to satirize traditional opera and to create a new kind of musical theater that dealt with "real" issues and didn't buy into the bourgeois conventions of Western art.

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On to Verona!

Posted on · Venice wept yesterday as we loaded up the water taxis and headed out. Maybe it was just rain, but I'd like to think the city was marking its regret at our departure. Throughout our four days there, the weather had been great, if a little cold. Now as we got up early and left right after breakfast, the skies above La Serenissima opened and let fall gentle tears which, while tinged with sadness, wished us God's speed as we struck out for Verona.

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Arrivederci Venice!

Posted on · Our last day in Venice...and there's still so much more to see! We spent the day on a walking tour of Venetian architecture with our British guide, Susan. As with everything in this city, the way things were built here is unique and a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance.

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Serene in Venice

Posted on · Yes, that handsome chap in the ruff collar is me. Let me assure you that's not how I'm dressing most of the time here in Venice, but as the KUHF arts tour group members went to one of the famous Carnevale balls yesterday evening, mask and costume were obligatory. I chose this little number and now understand why ruff collars died out as a fashion statement a long time ago!

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Benvenuto a Venezia!

Posted on · Well, we've finally arrived in La Serenissima and are settling down for a few days of fun as Venice celebrates Carnevale and the squares and alleyways are filled with masked revelers.

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Andiamo a Venezia!

Posted on · The KUHF Arts Tour to the Venice Carnevale is about to get underway. St.John Flynn is hosting the tour and he's at Bush Intercontinental with 16 listeners about to depart for Frankfurt and then on to Venice.

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Tales of Ike

Posted on · Holed up at the station as KUHF deals with Hurricane Ike and we work to get as much information about what's happening where out to our listeners, I've got some down time and want to put it to good use. Ike has been my first experience of a hurricane, and obviously in such a situation our regular concerns get swept away with the first elevated winds of the storm. But now that the eye has passed us by and left its indelible mark, I can write a blog entry that has some cultural relevance. > click to read more at the Front Row Blog