Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Italy Blog #9- Venetian Tour Guide Book Recommendation: Dan Brown's Inferno

In this blog, we'll stop and introduce you to a book that many of our Italian Tour guides recommended: Dan
Brown's novel "Inferno."
  Once we returned home from vacation, we ordered it and I (Rob) read it. Note: It's over 600 pages, but it's a fast read. It features Professor Robert Langdon from Brown's previous novels, so you know the character. It also takes you through places in Venice and Florence (and places we got to visit on our trip). It was a fast-paced book that will keep you guessing. I Recommend it!

DO YOU KNOW DANTE'S INFERNO POEM? - Of course, it references Dante Aligieri's famous poem "The Inferno" - which is about Dante's journey through Hell. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth.

THE VILLAIN - A villain with "good intentions" happened to use the "beaked or plague doctor" mask that we talked about in an earlier blog - so it was interesting to be able to picture it while reading.
This is another good book by Dan Brown, and I can see why everyone recommended it. Give it a read.

The characters go here to St. Mark's Square and the Doge Palace


HERE'S THE  SUMMARY:
    In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
The characters go down the Grand Canal
    Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

NEXT: Tom's Favorite Shop, Mozart Played Here, and a "Phoenix-like" Opera House

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14