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Photographer's Note

Last year in August I had the pleasure of meeting Paolo Luigi Germano, a distinct credit to Trekearth. All those who know him would attest to Paolo as a genuinely personable, gracious and generous friend. He gave up two days of his busy life to stroll around Venice with us, and to show us his historic hometown, Treviso. Among the sites we saw were the Church of St. Nicholas, where Tomaso de Modena (1352) had produced the first artistic depiction of eyeglasses. (I wrote about this in my blog for the National Geographic Society, History of the Telescope II: Lenses and Mirrors).

On the streets of Treviso, bathed in perfect Italian sunlight, we saw the canals, colonnades, and architectural edifices. They are not as opulent as those in Venice, but they are still very beautiful, and even more inviting because they are not overrun by tourists. I am very happy to dedicate this image to Paolo, and to all my other Italian friends.

Postscript. Paolo, who once declared me an "honoris causa," identified in his note (below) the site seen in this photograph as "the arcade of the Palazzo dei Trecento. In the Middle Ages the city had three hundred advisors, who would meet in the heart of the city to chat and drink a good glass of wine."

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