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I love hearing from you and appreciate your feedback!
May I use your image of a gaffer and link to your page about Glass Blowing in Murano?
It will be on a post I’m writing about an upcoming trip we’re taking to Italy and will post on 10/29/2012.
To see a bit of what I write (just family-life-type stuff) I’m at http://www.thehamricks.wordpress.com.
I’m flattered that you asked, and am happy to have you link to this image.
Thank you and enjoy your trip to Italy!
I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I’m the editor of The Local Italy – http://www.thelocal.it and was wondering if you’d be interested in doing an interview, as well as sharing some insights into Italian life? Thank you, Angela
I’d be happy to help and will contact you directly.
Hi. Love your blog. Would like any suggestions for good and reasonably priced Italian shoes to buy during trip to the country. Thanks.:-)
Thank you for following! What kind of shoes are you looking for? Are you interested in handmade shoes? Where are you headed in Italy?
I loved The Gondola Maker. You completely enveloped me in the story, and now I want to learn more about the history of gondolas! I’ve posted my reviews on my blog, Amazon, and Goodreads. Thanks for a wonderful tale.
Hi Suzanne, thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed The Gondola Maker. –Laura
LOVED it. 🙂
This is my Goodreads review of “The Painter’s Apprentice”:
Hi Robert, I am sincerely grateful for your review. Thank you very much! –Laura
HI, Laura. I’m just starting to research a trip to Venice (and the surrounding area) for sometime next year (2019). I found your “Made in Venice” book, and have already enjoyed it’s format, information, and great tips! I signed up for the Artisans of Venice download, and I’m sure that’s going to be wonderful as well. Thank you for providing such great guidance for those of us who are “newbies” to Venice. I love buying from artisans, and this will make the adventure much more enjoyable!
I am writing a travel post for Medium.com about the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna and would like permission to quote from your post on the mosaics in Ravenna. I would also include a link to your post as well as a link to The Gondola Maker. (I’m a top writer on Medium for Parenting and Education, but lately, I’ve also been posting interviews I’ve done with my daughter about her internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and her travels around northern Italy.) Here’s my Medium profile: https://medium.com/@marilyn_yung
Thank you for your consideration!
Thanks for the link, Marilyn!
LOVE your books..keep writing..LOVE Venice
Laura, just a quick note to say thank you. I just finished THE GONDOLA MAKER and adored this unique love story–between a young man and his ancestral craft. I posted a little about it on my blog, if you care to read: https://rustbeltgirlblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/this-weeks-tandem-read/ I have to say there are few good boat stories written by women. (I know because I search for them, having written a novel MS about an Italian sardine fisherman in CA at the start of WWII.) From the subject matter, to the history expertly woven in, to the gorgeous prose, THE GONDOLA MAKER has made me very excited to read your latest. Thanks again!
Just finished ‘the Painter’s Apprentice’ and LOVED it. In the back it said I could see the gilded boxes Maria makes and suggestions for further readings, etc…..I haven’t found either, please explain,
Hi Jane, If you follow the link in the back of the book, it will take you to the behind-the-scenes research vault. If you have trouble locating it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading! –Laura
Hello Laura, I love your website and your books (I’ve read every one). My daughter is getting married in 1 year in the US. She would like a wedding veil made in Italy (“for me”) and have an Italian woman embroider small shamrocks (in white thread) on the veil (for her Dad who is of Irish descent). I’m wondering if you’d be able to refer me to anyone or to point me in the right direction in terms of an internet search (which I have spent hours doing, but to no avail, except that it led me to your beautiful website!!!). Grazie mille e tanti cari saluti!
Hi Rita, it sounds like a wonderful idea for a wedding veil–wow! There are wonderful artisan lace-makers in towns with important lace traditions (like those of the Veneto and Abruzzo). In addition, there are flourishing custom bridal wear makers in Florence and Naples. Are you going to Italy? Italian artisans are masters of the made-to-measure. Sounds like a good excuse! 🙂 –Laura
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