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TRIP REPORT – Rome, Venice and Northern Italy May 2005 TRIP REPORT – Rome, Venice and Northern Italy May 2005 TRIP REPORT – Rome, Venice and Northern Italy May 2005 TRIP REPORT - Rome, Venice and Northern Italy May 2005

Jun 3rd, 2005, 03:53 AM
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Good luck with your travel projects.

FWIW, I too would prefer to see this adventure from the viewpoint of the 80 yr old mother.
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 06:06 AM
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Hi Mylesaway,
At the Pensione Accadameia in Venice we paid E275 a night for a large room with a king bed, a tiny room with a twin bed and large bath. It was like a suite and it was on the first floor. We paid more there than anywhere else on our trip but it was the best and I would do it again. The location is very near the Accadamia bridge which I liked b/c the San Marco area gets too crowded for me. Just about everything we did was in San Marco area but the walk was beautiful and easy.
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One more thing...We ate at that Tavern near the Accadamy bridge and loved it. But the next night we ate at Raffaele's a place "associated" with Pensione Accadamie. They made the reservation and gave us a 10% discount. It was wonderful. Our table was right beside a small canal on this star filled night. The food was great. We could have capped off a romantic evening by taking one of the waiting gondolas home but instead we walked to SanMarco square where the small orchestra was playing New York, New York and all the yanks were singing along and cheering. Next came Italian love songs....too wonderful for words. Even tho I'm a southerner hearing NY, NY in SMarco square was quite a fun experience.
I want to go back tonight!
I'm building up to a trip report but yours was so good....
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 06:39 AM
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While I loved the canal story - I'm stuck on the fact that you wanted to drive, but don't drive a stick shift... what a better time to learn than out in the country with a rental car?

Great report... and from reading on the board, don't worry, Pensione Accademia has been 'discovered' its an oft-recommended gem.

Appreciated your thoughts on Bellagio/Como. Had a great trip to Lake Garda (including Sirmione) 3 years ago and am trying to decide if we do Lake Como this fall... unless we feel we need some 'down time' you might have talked me right out of it. Perhaps I'll try the smaller/qainter lake of Maggiore... sorry thinking out loud!

Again, great report and thanks for admitting you fell in the drink - what a great story!
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 09:55 AM
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Quinn1 -

You're right about the Pensione Accademia and it is well worth the cost of those glorious rooms and neighborhood. We were quoted a cheaper price, but that doesn't mean that we would have gotten it! Or that my brother asked about rates at the same time you went.

That restaurant is called the Tavern, isn't it? I thought I hadn't written it all down. It was great, though.

I look forward to reading your trip report.

By the way, I noticed that the Accademy museum is sort of looked down upon as a museum of worth in the guidebooks I read. It's still recommended, but there was always a proviso that it isn't as great as the Ufizi, etc. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the Accademy.

Travelphile -

I agree with you that there is no better place to learn how to drive stick than on a rented car in Italy. Especially because I find the roads so good there, and the driving pretty easy and logical.

However, I was with FAMILY!!! Have you ever tried to calmly get your bearings set when you are with family?!!!!!

Spygirl -

You're comments are exactly what I'm getting in Hollywood, so you could be a high paid executive here!

I know you're on my side, though, so I will tell you that I'm even taking around a reality comedy project for TV. And just to give Hollywood what it wants, I will generally say that the overtone is me against the French! I thought for sure Hollywood would buy into that one.

Rest assured, in the end, this would be a very positive project for everyone, Americans and French involved. I'm not looking to foster hate and anger. Still, Hollywood doesn't even know that part of my plan, just the part that I thought they would buy into.

And I'll also admit something...I laughed when I saw "Eurotrip." I know it was stupid and played on all the stereotypes of foreign countries...but I watched it to see what I could bring up in my pitch meetings abuot it. And I really love the idea of movies about travelling.

Turns out...Eurotrip bombed at the box office. So I can't even bring it up.

SeaUrchin -

You are exactly right and that is what I'm trying to do.

JocelynP -

Wasn't Under the Tuscan Sun a very good movie? I really enjoyed it. Even more than my wife did, and she teases me for loving a "chick flick." It was especially interesting to see how they made a movie from the book, which was a big bestseller, but not quite a movie story.

But I'm meeting resistance. Under Tuscan Sun did about 65 million at the box office, and I'm sure is going to do a lot more in rentals over the years. But I'm still meeting with glazed eyes when I bring it up.

How about this for a comedy? A Venice detective who is scared of the water and won't go on any boats? Hitchcockian...hero with a flaw like in Vertigo and Rear Window.

Bardo1 -

Very interesting idea. Doing a movie from the 80 year old mother's perspective. I don't know that I have the sensitivity and talent to put myself into the mind of an 80 year old woman. But definately a very veryy great idea.

However...80 year old...woman...Geez, if I'm having a hard time selling my stuff, I just know it will be 100x harder to sell this one!

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Jun 3rd, 2005, 10:06 AM
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Myles, great report.Re your "me against the French" slant, have you read "A Year in the Merde" which has the same tone. A current (within the last year, anyway) best-seller in the UK (it's written by a Brit), I don't know how well it's doing in the U.S. I have heard that plans are underway to do a miniseries/tv movie based on the book (similar to A Year in Provence).
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 10:08 AM
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I read some of the Year in the Merde ( it was in the apartment we rented in Paris) and I laughed so hard
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 10:09 AM
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Myles! I think I've got an idea! Why not take one of Donna Leon's books that are crime thrillers set in Venetian locales-and make one of them into a movie? Have you read Donna Leon? She's an American ex-pat writer in Venice who has several international best sellers-all with the same protagonist- a very moral Venetian police commissioner who stands tall and gets the job done in the face of corruption and murder in his beloved maritime city. You could start out with "Acqua Alta" for example. Take a look at her books if you've not done so already!
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 10:50 AM
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Loved your report. Just wish I had been there, and can't wait for the movie.

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Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:11 AM
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I just looked up 20 Dates on imdb.com.
Which lady became your wife?
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Jun 3rd, 2005, 02:02 PM
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SeaUrchin -

The pretty one! Do you think I could answer any differently...she's my wife. But she is also the one on the cover of the video box.

Spygirl -

Again...great thinking. You could be a development exec. What I'm doing is taking around a famous travel book that takes place in America hoping to grab interest on that. And not scare people away with Venice.

Remember - It would be extremely expensive to shoot anything in Venice. Euro is high. And lots of stuff on water and getting around the small area with lots of tourists.

But the book I'm pitching might work.

BTilke -

I assume you are talking about the miniseries in Britain, am I correct? They seem to have a better sense of humor about these things. Actually, my movie always played well with the Brits! And I have had some English interest in my idea, but that kind of fell through.

Mine would be a "reality" type comedy, so I'm not concerned if they are doing a scripted miniseries, although I would love to see it because it sounds great. and the type of thing we should be doing over here.

Scarlett and Byrd, thanks for your kind words.

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