Twenty-two pictures from Venezia (or Venice), including a cab trip down the Grand Canal. While both Amsterdam and Venezia are built around canals, in Venezia there are no paved streets, no cars, all cabs are boats; there are boat buses (vaporetti), the street signs are boat-oriented, construction and beer delivery is all done by boat. There are walkways and alleys and footbridges. The main entrances of all the grand houses are on the canal. While I was blown away by the beauty of Amsterdam, nothing could prepare me for Venezia. An incredibly rich place, but go soon, because the city is sinking.
Fourteen pictures from Firenze. (Florence.)
Two pictures of the Alps taken from an airplane.
I took a five hour train ride from Firenze to Trieste, passing through Bologna, which when you type it starts out with many of the same letters as Blogger.
The central piazza in Trieste.
Jim Crossett: "Anyone have any ideas on how to get the info from Grandview files into a modern word processor?"
Oliver Breidenbach's WWDC trip continues through the California redwoods and Crater Lake.
The new design for Doc Searls Weblog came online while I was in Europe. On May 10 he quoted Machiavelli on the development of the market in Florence (also known as Firenze), one of the places I visited.
Many thanks to Paolo Valemarin, Simone Bettini, and the other very sweet people at StudioIdea, who were my hosts in Trieste. They put me up at a very fine hotel, and shared the work they've been doing with Frontier. Both Paolo and Simone are brilliant, Paolo is a visionary and designer, and Simone, to me, is an Italian Brent Simmons. They started doing a Manila-like content management system before we released Manila, so our software shares a common foundation but the sites are not compatible. They've done some very excellent work with XSL and image management, probably other things that I don't yet understand. We're going to work with them, I want our work to be compatible, and I want Manila users to get the benefit of their hard work and brilliance. But most important, I enjoyed their company, that makes working together something I look forward to.
Hey they've got a picture of our first night's dinner on the StudioIdea website. "Veramente utile ed interessante!" If my Italian serves me well, that means truly useful and interesting. Agreed!
Funny experience, driving to the store a few minutes ago, turned a corner, and somehow expected that I would see a statue by Michelangelo. Then I remembered, we don't have them here.
Jerome Camus reminds me that FreeServe only works in the UK. Even so, I recommend them, if you're in the UK. Very fast, and as advertised, totally free.
I've been reading trash novels the last couple of weeks, it's better than watching TV, and gives me something to do while eating lunch in places like Piazza Republica in Firenze. I'm currently reading The Brethren by John Grisham, which is real easy, and was surprised to find a very minor character named Dale Winer in the book, a money-man for defense contractors. I had to look three times.
I recommend Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King, a remembrance of the 60s with the usual King weirdness. Yes, I remember the 60s. Were they that strange? Hard to say, when you're that young everything seems weird.
I can't believe how fast the Net is!
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