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The Venice Project [Kindle Edition]

Philip Gwynne Jones
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Philip and Caroline Jones, two IT workers from Edinburgh, found themselves facing redundancy. Their response was to give up everything, and to move to Venice in search of a new life.

The Venice Project chronicles their move to Italy, and their experiences of their first year in La Serenissima.

A hilarious and informative journey through the trials and practicalities of living an ordinary life in an extraordinary city; for lovers of Italy and Venice, and all those who have had a dream.

The Venice Project : it's never too late to change your life...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GX9DN5Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Philip Gwynne Jones was born in South Wales in 1966, and has since lived in Holland, Germany and Scotland. He first came to Italy in 1994, when he spent some time working for the European Space Agency in Frascati, a job that proved to be less exciting than he had imagined.

He spent twenty years in the IT industry before realising he was congenitally unsuited to it, and now works as a teacher, writer and translator. He lives in Venice with his wife Caroline.

He enjoys cooking, art, classical music and opera; and can occasionally be seen and heard singing bass with Cantori Veneziani and the Ensemble Vocale di Venezia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living the Venetian Dream - but really 30 Dec. 2013
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Everyone has a daydream, and Phillip Jones writes about one harboured by many of us - throwing it all up and moving to Venice. The difference in his case is that he is not a trust fund baby or even a hedge fund retiree, but someone who must make a living and has chosen to live in possibly the most beautiful city in the world, also one of the most expensive. His account of how he and his wife negotiate the intricacies of Venetian life as expats on a modest budget, and in fact earn a living, is fascinating to us who only play at being locals for a week or two a year. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfetto 18 Dec. 2013
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If, like me, you are a Venetophile who is frustrated by being obliged, through circumstance, to being able to spend no more than a few weeks (or even days) each year in Venice, you will love this modest-looking account of 2 Brits having the courage & stamina to set up a permanent home in La Serenissima. It is exceedingly well written and as informative as it is funny. It is such good value for money that I hope it succeeds in terms of sales - it really ought to do so. Grazie mille all round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blog makes great read 2 Feb. 2014
By Kate
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I have been a follower of this particular blog and am delighted to see it make the transformation into book form. Recommended read for Venice lovers! Philip is witty and well informed, and the book reads very well indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-faceted Venice 11 Jan. 2014
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This is an excellent book and an inspiration for anyone considering a move to another country. It is a wonderful mix of personal observation, humour and insights into the culture of Venice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory Reading! 27 Jun. 2014
By Donna
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A delightful and and in places a very funny account of a couple who decide to live in Another Place. Yet this is not yet just another run-of-the-mill Expat-abroad stories but an honest story of the toll that deciding to step out of one's comfort zones and try to earn a living in a country not one's own can take. It's a darn good read for anyone interested in Venice, with a lot of local colour and description of this amazing place. For anyone who, like us, has also dared to buy a one-way-only ticket across the channel, it has to be compulsory reading! You will, also like us, find yourselves almost drowning in the waves of empathy as you read of their endless attempts to get That Important Document... Buy, read, and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book on this couple's experience 16 Mar. 2014
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We are traveling to Venice in a few weeks for vacation. My family and I are living in another country for three years for a work assignment (that is nearly finished). I could relate to some of the author's experiences about making a major move. I was a little disappointed that more Italian / Venetian things weren't explained a bit more - which is why I bought the book. I was lucky to have the kindle version so I could google something that wasn't explained. I think the author is Welsh? I thought it was a little funny that he explains the Welsh bits he includes in good detail. Overall, I enjoyed the book though. Well written, maybe just not the Venice primer I was looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jolly Good Read 31 Mar. 2015
By Simes
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If you've ever been to Venice and wondered what it would be like to live there then you must read this book. Witty, engaging and full of interesting facts.
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As my daughter lives just outside Venice and is an ex-pat and we have our own holiday apartment about 25km away thie subject matter of this book was close to my heart. Over the past 17 years we have come to know and love Venice with all it's foibles and consider it to be the most magical place on earth. Philip's book shows his love of the magical city too and gave us interesting glimpses from a very British perspective - well done will recommend to friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian fascination
Well written and very natural and relaxed take of moving to the strange and wonderful land of Venice.
Published 27 days ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
Enjoyable read, the author's amusing account of relocating to Venice to live, work & learn the language.
Published 3 months ago by gillyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy of living in Venice explored for real
I have really enjoyed reading about a couple actually carrying out a fantasy I have often had. It's well documented in entertaining style, and written with intelligence, warmth and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this book.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
The sort of book that will probably put others off ever trying to set up home in Venice. Well-written and very engaging.
Published 8 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant.
Published 8 months ago by Jo Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable for Venice Lovers
Very enjoyable, especially if you've visited Venice a few times, as you feel at home with the book!
Published 9 months ago by Jocelyn Maden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well written
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Living and working in Venice.
An interesting account of a couple taking up a new life in Venice. However, a lot of emphasis on their own preferneces in art and music.
Published 14 months ago by Digger
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
An enjoyable read about how a couple set out to start a new life in Venice and how they integrated into The Venetian way of life.
Published 15 months ago by Winston
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