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Botero's smoking women
We arrived in Venice one early morning on a train from Rome. The sun was just starting to rise. Wandering around Venice and getting lost was as enjoyable as it was to imagine Shakespeare's A Merchant in Venice being set in this charming, touristy city on water.

Our hotel was near St Mark's Square and after visiting St Mark's we wandered around the area, exploring the little alleys. We turned a corner and saw this magnificent woman smoking! There are a few more of these sculptures strewn around but this one caught my attention the most, the way the artist has depicted her, idly lounging with a cigarette, one leg kicked up in the air, she portrays an air of irreverence that is almost comical at the same time. You never know what's around the corner when you ditch the map and aimlessly wander.

The artist is Botero, a latin figurative artist who is known to exaggerate his characters with dollops of humor, criticism or even irony thrown in. His works can be found in major museums throughout the world.
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Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
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