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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Countdown to Christmas- Italian Style! December 14

photo courtesy cupcakeswithsprinkles.blogspot.com

Day 14 (quattordici)!!!

I love the Advent calendar I selected for today. Which has been your favorite calendar so far?  And which has been your favorite Countdown blog?  I have my own personal choices, but I would love to hear yours! Please leave your comments for me. I can't wait to read them.

I'm sharing holiday lights at the Rialto with you today. These are one of my very favorite things about December in Venice. I think we anticipate the days when we see the lights have been strung  in the calles (little streets) between St. Marks and  the Rialto bridge, and on the bridge. It's an absolutely spectacular sight.

The Rialto bridge lit with holiday lights make this very special place even more special. 

At the middle of the bridge you'll find the winged lion, symbol of Venice, in lights. 

Auguri is the Italian word for Best Wishes.  It's used for occasions when you want to congratulate someone, such as after the birth of a baby, or a birthday or graduation.  It is also used during Christmas and New Years.  This particular sign is above a shop in Campo San Bartolomeo, near the bottom of the Rialto bridge.

As you can tell from these photos, Venice is definitely getting ready for the holidays.  Are you?

Buon Natale!


Rob C said...

Less than a week to go!, until we're there in the midst of it all!

I'm like a kid at Christmas, aren't I

Anonymous said...

Do they have the trees at Rialto like we saw last year?
Your anonymous Michelle

Patricia Teague said...

Hi Karen loving reading your posts - not just the Christmas ones although they are great. I will be in Venice in just over 2 weeks! so the anticipation is building and reading your #Christmascountdown is fantastic. I am so looking forward to revisiting this beautiful city which is sooo different to where I live in the Yarra Valley in Australia. Thank you and Auguri!

karen said...

Patricia- thanks for leaving a comment, and for keeping up with the blog! Have a safe trip, and please enjoy your time in Venice! Auguri!