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Impressions of Venice
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Although we now live in Italy, this poem derives from my only visit to Venice which was 20 years prior to the move. I toured the city with an old University friend who knew it well, and was able to soak up the atmosphere in out-of-the-way places as well as heavily-frequented ones. Although I found the city beautiful and exciting, it lacked - for me - the grounded quality which might have made me want to live there. It seemed somehow precarious, artificial. Nonetheless, I would like to go there again to see if my impressions are any different on a re-visit.

by Damaris West

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