Tonight's festivities in Piazza San Marco are being advertised (see photo of poster below) as White Christmas 2013. Too bad- we have no snow. Perhaps everyone will be wearing white!
If you are here and want to be where the action is tonight-
10:30 pm- live music in the Piazza with the Venice White band, and entertainment by Mr. White. (Don't know who Mr. White is, I'm almost tempted to go to St. Mark's just to find out!)
11pm- free toast with Bellini Canella
Just before 12pm- the countdown to the New Year. Just like in Times Square!
12:15 am - Fireworks in St. Mark's basin
12:30 am - music in the square with DJ Maci
I was present in St. Mark's square for New Years Eve two years ago, I will not be returning this evening. I will avoid the masses, probably will be 7,000 to 10,000 people there. Instead, we will have a quiet dinner at home. At midnight, we'll stroll over to the waterfront just up from Sant'Elena at Giardini to view the fireworks. No one does fireworks like the Italians. I think they invented pyrotechnics.
Cotechino or zampone and lentils are traditionally served for dinner on New Year's Eve, which is called Cenone di San Silvestro. Cenone literally means "big dinner". Lentils, because they look like coins, are eaten in the hopes of having lots more money/luck in the coming year. We were given a gift of a cotechino last year, we tried it, we're not having it again this year. Our dinner is a little less traditional. Roast chicken, roast potatos with onions and raddiccio, and yes, lentils. We will hope for a little bit of luck in 2013!
(photo courtesy Italianfood.about.com)
My initial idea for today's blog was a month by month review of my 2012. As hard as I tried, I couldn't come up with anything that satisfied me. It's been a good year. A bit trying at times, but on the whole, a good one. We traveled- the month of February in Portugal (Porto, Lisbon and Madiera Island) and the month of November in China (Beijing, Xian, down the Yangtze River, Shanghai and Hong Kong), with a brief 2 day visit to Istanbul. Both of our dogs, Sam and Leo, passed away this year. We had great visits with family and friends, including a month with my daughter Shannon, and made new friends along the way. We sadly said goodbye to loved ones who succumbed to cancer this year. We survived the move to the new apartment.
Mike and I were just commenting over lunch this afternoon that the move feels like we flipped the page, closing a chapter of our lives and starting a new one. Perfect sentiment for today, the last day of the 2012.
With that, I will wish all of our family, friends far and wide, and all my blog readers the happiest of New Year's. Buon Anno. Tanti Auguri a tutti!