January 1, 2014 couldn't have started off with any better weather. It was sunny, crystal clear, and warm with temperatures in the upper 50's- the perfect day for the annual Polar Bear Plunge into the Adriatic Sea. Here in Venice, a group called "gli ibernisti" take a swim at the public beach on the Lido, followed by a lively celebration to bring in the New Year right!
Although I've known about this event, this was the first year I attended. No, I did not participate- a bit too cold for me to be jumping into the Adriatic. However, I will admit, it was such a warm day and everyone out there in the water was having such a good time, I was truly very tempted to join them.
The sea was peaceful and calm. It would have been a wonderful morning for a long walk along the coast.
The actual swim didn't last long, under 10 minutes.
Everyone made their way back to the shore where there was lots of photo taking.
These lovely ladies were adorned with sparkly necklaces just right for the occassion.
You can tell who the "regulars" are!
Even the dogs were taking advantage of the warm mid-day sun!