By Marlena de Blasi

He observed her around the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. while he sees her back in a Venice café a 12 months later, he is aware it's destiny. He is aware little English; and she or he, a divorced American chef, speaks in basic terms food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her center has misplaced its means for romantic love. yet inside months in their first assembly, she has packed up her residence in St. Louis to marry Fernando—“the stranger,” as she calls him—and dwell in that achingly wonderful urban during which they met.

Vibrant yet vaguely baffled by means of this daring flow, Marlena is crushed through the sheer foreignness of her new domestic, its rituals and customs. yet there are scrumptious moments while Venice opens up its hands to Marlena. She chefs an American ceremonial dinner of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she realized within the Poughkeepsie center college health club to a candlelit trattoría close to the Rialto Bridge. the entire whereas, she and Fernando, disparate souls, construct a unprecedented lifetime of ardour and possibility.

Featuring Marlena’s personal excellent recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the mesmerizing real tale of a girl who opens her heart—and falls in love with either a guy and a city.

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Its immediate result was the replacement of Chamberlain by Churchill. In London, Augusto Assia paid a tribute to the new premier as he assumed office on 10 May: His energy, his imagination and his toughness show him to be in the eyes of his nation the one man capable of rousing the Empire ... In the Cuban War he fought as a lieutenant on the side of the Spaniards, earning the Cruz del Mérito Militar. ‘It is one of my most precious decorations,’ he told me one day. He is 65 years of age, but he retains the moral fibre and the mental alertness of a youth.

France has not died. Hope is not extinguished. ’28 The announcement was immediately mocked in its editorial column: ‘This French National Committee which is to be formed in London to pursue the war is a parody of the separatist and self-styled governments that loiter around the world decreeing laws binding on Spaniards and declaring that the war 32 Franco and the Axis Stigma against Generalissimo Franco will continue ... ’30 Attention now focused, throughout the world, on the natural sequel: British capitulation, or the invasion of Britain.

Mandel was freed within a few hours. He is thinking of crossing the Spanish frontier, to make his way to Portugal. The political class is wandering around Bordeaux like a bunch of lost souls, whipped by the same physical miseries as the other fugitives. I saw Blum in a restaurant on the Boulevard Georges Clemenceau. He was sitting half collapsed on a sofa beside a café au lait, in the middle of piles of suitcases, looking for all the world like the Wandering Jew. Another tragic-comic puppet—Paul Boncour15— had dinner last night in front of us in the Restaurant La Presse.

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