Venice
Venice 2004
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Venice Lagoon
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“Miss Garnet’s Angel” is set in Venice, the world-famous  Northern Italian "City of Water" that stretches over 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon.  Once an important centre for maritime power and trade, it is now renowned for its beauty, history, romance, art and music.

   Its population is small (272,000) but  it attracts millions of tourists. Recently, its residents have become alarmed by threats of flooding, and by the tourist-driven high cost of living that makes it hard for the permanent inhabitants to remain in their native  city. Miss Garnet was clearly aware of this, leaving money to “Venice in Peril” in her will.

 

 

   Marco Polo Airport, where Miss Garnet arrives on a chilly day, is eight miles from Venice.  Miss Garnet chose the most romantic, but also most expensive, way to make the trip. She could have gone by bus.

The author has written a chapter on Venice and her experience of it  (p. 8 of 'P.S.'at the back of the book.)

 

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Ancient Nineveh
Map showing Ancient Nineveh
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Nineveh, reconstruction of Makshi Gate
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNineveh, reconstruction of Makshi Gate - Credit: Fredarch

Ancient Nineveh, (now the modern city of Mosul) where the story of Tobias and the Angel begins (P.70 of the novel), was the capital of the Assyrian Empire. Here Old Tobit lived with his family, in exile from his homeland of Israel. It was a large, important city on the River Tigris, in what is now Iraq.

Under the "new king", about whom Tobit complains, its buildings and gardens became magnificent. The picture below shows the ruins of Nineveh today.

Nineveh, walls and Shamash Gate from ramparts
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNineveh, walls and Shamash Gate from ramparts - Credit: Fredarch

 

Raghes is in what is now North West Iran, near the Caspian Sea. It has been absorbed by the modern city of Teheran.

Rey(Raghes) from Rashkan Hill
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRey(Raghes) from Rashkan Hill - Credit: Babakgh

Ecbatana, now modern Hamadan, was an important city at the foot of a mountain, sometimes considered to have been the capital of Media before being overtaken by the Persians.

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