Bon Nadal

No I did not misspell Buon Natale. Bon Nadal is Buon Natale (or Merry Christmas) in Venet, the Venetian language. I’m picking up a few phrases thanks to my friend who gave me a Venet-English dictionary for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Since I’m not in Venice this year I’m sharing some “Memories of Christmas Past”. Christmas past in Venice of course. It has been really wet here in the Pacific Northwest of the US so I haven’t been out and about to see any light displays or other decorations here so Venice from 2013 will have to do.


It’s looking a lot like Christmas when the window display at the grocery store is full of Panettone.


Christmas trees for sale in Venice.


A lot of people worry about tying the tree on the top of the car here but in Venice you load it on a hand truck and cart it on the vaporetto( water bus).  The look on his face tells me he’s thinking about all the steps to get that up to the fourth floor apartment.

What I bought at the flower shop



The tree in Piazza San Marco goes up around December 8.


Remember all that equipment has to be brought in by boat/barge!


The Piazza San Marco tree illuminated. With my favorite lion of course.


In the window at La Pieta (Vivaldi’s church)


Holly branches at the Rialto Mercato.


Father and son bring home the tree. Yes, you can’t see anything but Sandro’s leg because the tree is much bigger than he was at the time. It is his hand truck they are using .


As December progresses more and more shop windows have displays.


Someone really decorated their window.


This picture and the one below are at the Danieli Hotel where I met with a friend from TripAdvisor.



No working chimneys in Venice so Babbo Natale uses a ladder and comes over the balcony.



Near the Rialto Mercato




It was a foggy day in 2013 for the Babbo Natale Regatta.








Enjoying a Christmas concert.



It was so nice of my neighbors to put this decoration directly above the door to my apartment.



A very glamorous Babbo Natale.



And if Bon Nadal is not enough Venetian for you here is a Venetian take on Mariah Carey’s song “All I want for Christmas is You” by my favorite Venetian group Ska-J:

Mi e ti a Nadal

And yes, in Venice, Santa Claus does arrive in a gondola.

Buon Natale a tutti!

About mvaden1948

I love to travel to Venice (and probably other parts of Italy and beyond) and my camera leads me where she wants without any consideration as to whatever plans I may have. I enjoy photographing nature, my cat and anything that strikes my fancy. I have a "thing" for interesting doors and architectural details.
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12 Responses to Bon Nadal

  1. Sue Merritt says:

    We are heading out not to a holiday gathering …. And this really put me in the mood. Merry Christmas my friend.


    Sent from my iPad


  2. wfdec says:

    You and Yvonne make a good pair. You complement each other. Fantastic shots, I am so envious.I hope you have a good Christmas.

  3. gooddayrome says:

    Stunning! We were in Venezia in Dec 2011, 2012 and 2014. I love it there then! Great pictures and may you be there in 2016!

    • mvaden1948 says:

      Too bad we hadn’t connected in blogdom in 2012….we could have met in Venice! Sadly I won’t make if for 2016…there’s that goal of being debt free and moving there…remember?

  4. biankonera says:

    Thank you sooooo much for this AMAZING post!!!! 🙂 Lo adoro!!! 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing all the interesting photos. I wonder where the trees come from?

  6. furbiziahs says:

    Dear Michelle, Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures!!!! I remember Christmas 2013 very well, can recognize much in your post.

    • mvaden1948 says:

      And you probably saw that crazy silver haired American in the purple coat wandering around with the red camera and had no idea who I was!;-)
      She was also often wearing a gray and black leopard print beret and leopard print gloves trimmed in hot pink. Hard to miss if you knew who you were looking for.

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