The Venice Carnival, opening February 16, 2019

These are my pictures of the carnivale from 2017.  I can hardly believe that I never got around to posting them.  It was a wild, exuberant experience I will never forget.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event:

And now, finally, 2 years late, my photos:



I was in Venice in 2017 for the water parade. Amazing floats skimmed along the Rio di Cannaregio waterways. It was quite a spectacle.  I managed to get a bird’s eye view in the 2nd floor home of a perfect stranger, a delightful Venetian man and his wife!  All of these images were shot from their window.






As I left, I got a couple of shots of the delightful Venetian man who shared his window with me and a woman from Russia who went with me to Venice.




The Russian woman (we were classmates in Italian language school in Florence) wanted to buy an elaborate mask and she did!



The wigs available in Venice at this time of year are astounding.



And the costumes, oh my Lord!




Santa Maria della Salute, possibly the world’s most beautiful church and location.










This American winter, 2019

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Jan. 30, 2019 Ice covers the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. Photos: See how Midwest is dealing with record-breaking cold from polar vortex Scott Olson/Getty Images, Washington Post


Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 11.06.45Jan. 30, 2019 In this image obtained from social media, frozen pants stand alone in Saint Anthony Village, Minn. Pam Metcalf/Reuters, Washington Post


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Jan. 21, 2019 On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Daniela Fuentes, 9, of Alexandria, Va., slides across a strip of ice at the MLK memorial in Washington, D.C. Photos: See how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored on his national day of remembrance Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post


Screen Shot 2019-02-09 at 11.15.09Jan. 13, 2019 Snow falls around the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post