I am here in Venice for a month to work on my novel, so will be posting only short posts, and hope that you won't mind me not commenting for a spell.
Venice is quiet and as astonishing and beautiful as ever. The 670,000 Venetians are still here (less than 60,000 in the historic centre.) I've only seen one person wearing a mask, and the shelves in the shops are bursting full of everything we could possibly need and more.
The sounds on waking the first morning were of boats chugging along the canal outside the window, a church bell, a dog barking and a voice calling a cheerful Ciao Lorenzo! There is a mimosa tree in full flower....life goes on.
I am so thrilled to be here.