08/14/2012 03:18 pm ET Updated Oct 14, 2012

Just Back From: Venice

Photographer Amanda Marsalis was born to travel (her father was pilot; her mother, a flight attendant). Recently, she traded the freeways of Los Angeles, Calfornia, for the waterways of Venice, Italy, for a week.

So, what brought you to Venice? I had an opening to celebrate the launch of my book Reproduction published by Automatic Books, a company based in Venice.

How often do you go? I have been here four times in the last two years, including this trip. I shot a travel story, went back for a friend's art opening, vacationed there last summer, and went for my own opening and book launch.

What was the best tip you got before you left? I have a friend in New York, Alessandro, who grew up just outside Venice. He put me in touch with the guys who eventually published my book. Having locals as friends always makes a place more fun, too.

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