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October 31, 2006



Roz, the photo's of Venice are beautiful but the fact that you took time during your wonderful adventure to think of and care about another human soul speaks volumes about where your heart is.

You are truly a dear person.



Roz, beautiful photos, and again it's the quality of the light, as well as the magnificent buildings that impress me.The girl in your picture has such an enigmatic look, it makes me wonder what her story is.
We saw similar girls, often with new born babies at the St Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, never asking for money but tugging our heartstrings.Thank you for sharing more of your wonderful trip.


What absolutely gorgeous photos. I love how you see everything - all the filligree work on the balconies, the twists and turns of the decorations on the buildings, and even shapes of windows. Did you get into the hotel where the two other ladies stayed? The face of the woman you shared reminds me of the Afghanistan woman who was on the cover of National Geographic and who they traced down years after - perhaps there's a spiritual depth to them both that shows in their faces.


Roz, when I saw that young lady's face on your blog, I thought of that other face (of the Afghan girl) straight away and then I read Ardi's post in which it is already mentioned. That face which had gone round the world...I will always remember her eyes and her look in there...


Your protrait of the woman is wonderful. Your trip outstanding and glorious. Good for you.


When I go to the Philippines and child beggars approach me, I have no idea what to do. My in-laws tell me to ignore them but I feel terrible. I can remember the face of every child who has asked me for money there. I said to my husband, who is Filipino: "I want to take them all back home on the plane with me," and he said: "They have families who love them. They're just poor." That made me so sad.

I like your bit about the church and the struggle to understand the great mysteries and terrors of life.

Lundy Wilder--Villa Lagoon Tile

You might enjoy reading about the Gypsies who account for most of the beggars you saw on your trip to Venice. You can get a used copy for 21 cents plus postage today on Amazon. The author opens up a hidden world that I have often wondered about.
Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca

A good read.

I've enjoyed your blog entries and photos of Venice. Lucky you !

Lundy Wilder

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