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.
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!