Eating Out – literally – in Venice: so many pleasures joined together.


I’ve been on a two week holiday in Venice and, I don’t want to make you jealous, but I had a wonderful time. Eating and drinking al fresco was one of the greatest pleasures of spending a decent amount of time in this beautiful city. Enough time to sit back and take in the beauty and to feast in the type of timelessness that is so very Italian.

Eating out of doors is great…

…but eating by the canal is pure luxury.

A meal becomes an event..

…and makes you feel that you’re part of the great game of being a human being.

I have often wondered if Italian wine tastes better outside.

Anyway,  enough of that, I had some wonderful food and drink on my holiday much of it very much al fresco.



I knew how to eat these meals but I won’t bore you with a long description. Imagine you’re sitting at the next table casting an envious look in my direction.










It was good eating indoors too, of course.

Sometimes a touch of candle light in a shady room is all you need after a day in the sunshine.


In this restaurant, both options were tempting.



My novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.
It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region’s Amazon site for Kindle orders)
You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:
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Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013

Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology

Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology

Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South’s unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.

The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present

Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal

Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.

In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An “uncommon anthology” of images, fragments, stories and poetry.


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