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The BEST Christmas!

My Christmas celebration this morning: I began with a bus ride around the island, which I do frequently, then I walked through my village. There was an impromptu fish market in the piazza near Sant Gaetano where I encountered a TV cameraman and cute reporter. Then to Santa Maria di Loreta where they had a scale-model of our village. As I looked at the familiar buildings in miniature the loudspeaker played John Lennon's "Imagine." Perfect! Then I went to La Tinaia for a pizza with mozzerella & anchovies, ice cream desert and a Coke. Then home!

Siimple things like this are the very BEST.

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All those pictures and your words are fabulous to wake up to. The sun streaming through clouds is breathtaking. Your pizza and ice cream look soooooo yummy. And the fishes... wow. You make me smile on a cold early Minnesota winter.

Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your amazing vision.

Blessings this season to you and yours.

Thanks for your kind comments. As it happens I spent a year in Minneapolis and I remember one morning it was 30 degrees F below zero, and that was not wind-chill, either, there wasn't a breeze blowing. Cold? Yep. That was COLD. And I recall during a snowstorm there was this car by the side of the road with the hood up, and working on the carburetor was a young, tall, slim, blue-eyed blonde girl in tight jeans and a down jacket. She yelled for her companion to turn the key, and by God that engine coughed into life. She slammed the hood, got in, and went on her way.

Merry christmas and happy holidays!

And happy holidays to you and yours!

Merry Christmas!

That miniature replica of your town is sooo beautiful! I love the little boats. What a neat treat to see on Christmas! I hope you and Vittoria have a lovely holiday.

Thanks, and the best of the season to you as well!

Yow, pangs of jealousy! Here, people look at me with a blank face when I try to describe pizza in Italy as they chow down on too-much-cheese Dominos. I love how the fish look like they're standing at attention.

Now that pizza was baked in a domed-top oven that burned wood, and the crust came out with a touch of gray ash on it...one of the many reasons they'll have to drag me out of here, kicking and screaming. I've found a home!

Ooooh, sunrise complete with "Jesus RaysTM" *g*...very nice! And DAMN that pizza looks good...like grapesoda, I miss the Italian stuff. :/

Italians know how to do Christmas, fer sure!

Have a great Christmas, friend.

Your pictures have brightened the year. Thank you.

Thanks, and my best wishes to you & your family as well...

Lovely photos. I especially like the last one.

Thanks. There's beauty all around this place, just perfect for a photographer!

i have thought about what it would be like to be italia this time of year. you have portrayed it just as i pictured. the landscape is so reminiscent of vernazza and riomaggiore.
thanks for sharing the gifts of your writing and magnetic pictures that have such a strong pull on me--to return. grazie!
buon natale john. may peace reign upon and around your presence.

Many thanks, sir, for your kind & generous words. My best wishes for the holidays to you and your loved ones...


You know that line about feeling homesick for a place one has never been to?

Seeing pictures of Italy makes me homesick for a place in which I've spent exactly one week.

The moderately profound part is, once I got there, I realized I'd been going there in my dreams for years already.

:happy sigh:

i'd like to have some of that pizza! thanks for sharing your christmas. :)

I'm glad to share and glad you're enjoying it...And to think that back in America I had Domino's Delivery on my telephone's speed dial! What a difference!

That first picture is wonderful. Something worthy of printing out!

Lovely photos but my favorite is the bendy fish picture.

Bon hiver! Happy December Nights! ;)

Doesn't fish play a huge role in traditional Italian holiday dinners? Something about 'seven fish'? Or maybe its a seven course seafood holiday dinner? Its tickling at the edge of my mind...

Seven Fish Tradition of Napoli

The seven fish dinner is a thing that started in Naples centuries ago, and is a southern Italian tradition. Not so much so elsewhere in the country. Why seven? Seven sins, seven Roman Catholic sacraments, the number of days for Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem...many theories, little solid historical fact! But it's a fun thing nowadays and that impromptu fish market in the piazza in Forio was just for this particular Chriastmas eve, and why that TV cameraman and cute little reporter showed up. Me? Pizza, of course 'cuz I'm just a crazy Americano!

Re: Seven Fish Tradition of Napoli

Wow, I was totally pulling that outta my butt and I almost had it! Yes, that makes sense, fascinating! (Only got your reply now, 5 days later...)

Of course they showed up for you! No doubt word got out and everyone wanted to act casual so the idea of a 'fish market' as a 'front' popped up to cover their subvertive activities! No Doubt!

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