Merry Christmas and Buon Natale to all

Somebody put an amazing amount of time, effort and Christmas spirit into this for no evident reason other than to be beautiful and make people smile. For me, that sums up a large slice of the Christmas Spirit..

Somebody put an amazing amount of time, energy and good will into bedizening their everyday boat for no evident reason other than to make it beautiful and possibly also make people smile. For me, that sums up a large slice of the Christmas Spirit.

I have returned to my duties as lookout, town crier, Samuel Pepys, and portraitist.

But Christmas is no time for teeth-grinding or fist-shaking — I state that as a principle, but it’s still early and reality may yet intervene — and so please consider this post as my heartfelt wish that it may be a beautiful time for everyone. And that 2014 will be the best year ever.

I have to close; Lino has begun to roast the eel for tomorrow night’s dinner and I need to go open all the windows.


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  1. john servente says:

    I have really enjoyed your reporting. You deserve to have a great holiday away from the blog (unless something really gets up your nose!)

  2. Mary Ann DeVlieg says:

    altrettanto dear Erla,

    Hope your holidays are full to bursting with fun (and food of course!) and that the ‘change is as good as a rest’ relates to pushing good ingredients into pots and pans in place of pushing your pen. (well, keyboard)

    from one of your many fans,



  3. Allan Williams says:

    Here’s wishing you & Lino a joy-filled Christmas and a satisfactory 2014. Thank you for all the pleasure and news that you have sent to me from Venice this year.

  4. Jo says:

    Best wishes to you and Lino. May 2014 be a year of peace, health + harmony … Thank you for your informative blog which gives me great pleasure.

  5. Zina says:

    Erla, my dear Venetian lookout, town crier and the best Samuel Pepys Venice has ever had on the web!

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous and eventful year ahead.

    This is accompanied with a huge THANKS from a Petersburger (not to be confused with any (in)edible burger!) practically turned a Venetian thanks to your relevant, detailed, often funny and witty and as often heartfelt accounts of life in your fantastic city. I wish I could send you some snow, but unfortunately we have none!

    All the best in 2014!

    • Erla Zwingle says:

      Now you’ve made me curious. Are you in Petersburg, Virginia? St. Petersburg, Florida? St. Petersburg, Russia? Or? Please reveal all!

  6. Ambra Sancin
    Twitter: ambradambra

    Thanks from this grateful reader too. Although I haven’t been to Venice for a few years (and am Trieste-born but live in Australia) I’ve enjoyed your reporting on the city’s quirkiness … it helps keep me in touch.
    Ambra Sancin recently posted..Ice Cream, You Scream: the Tutti Frutti story

  7. Yvonne says:

    Tanti auguri a te e Lino. Felice Anno Nuovo, anche!

    Thank you for many hours of pleasure, via your writing, this past year. Enjoy your break to the utmost.

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  8. Gi says:

    Happy Holidays to you and Lino, from cold Toronto where I’m spending mine.
    Gi recently posted..Postais de Toronto VI

  9. Randy Bosch says:

    You’re so right, can’t make these things up! As Steven King said, “The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense”…