The Count did not believe me when I told him that I do not function when awakened at 7:30AM by an alarm clock. We drove cross the Swiss-Italian border blasting Frank Sinatra at the Sands with Count Basie and he avoided me until I became a functioning human being, and then we arrived in Venice. After a fine lunch outside in the sun, I expertly led him to Piazza San Marco, with the map of Venice that was burned into my soul during my first visit, in January of last year with my cousin Louis.

We went into Rome, bought cheap tickets to Venice, and went for a couple days. I remember getting off the traghetto, or public transport boat, and coming into Piazza San Marco. You make that left and the whole piazza unfolds before you. You’re freaking out but then you look to your right and HOLY CRAP it’s the basilica OH MY GOD. It was that moment when I realized that Venice might be the coolest place on earth, and I proceeded to memorize it so as to keep it with me at all times.

And now here I was, a little over a year later, at Carnivale with The Count! It’s a mix of Phladelphia’s Mummer’s Parade and Eyes Wide Shut. Fabulous. FABULOUS!

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