Off for Christmas


I know it seems like I just got back, so to speak, but Christmas is bearing down on us and we are fleeing to the mountains where we will alternately celebrate and combat it with cheese, apple strudel, needlepoint, TV, hiking, and sleep.

Happy holidays to everyone who reads my scribbles.  You have made this a wonderful year for me.

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  1. Pamela in Australia says:

    Dear Erla,

    A happy holiday season to you and yours.. And I hope that at least some of your dreams come true in 2016.
    And thank you for your wonderful posts on the Venice I love so much.


  2. Caterina B says:

    Love that photo of the gondola with the Santa hat!
    Feliz Navidad to you and your man.

  3. Mary Ann De Vlieg says:

    … and need we remind you that you make each year wonderful for us, Erla? Have a wonderful, lazy, energetic, peaceful, lively, gastronomic, simple and every-other-apposite-pair-of-adjectives break!

  4. Siv Smedseng says:

    Happy Holidays to you from Norway. I so enjoy each and every one of your post. It tudes me over until my next visit in Venezia.
    Thanks and akk the best,
    Siv in Trondheim, Noway.

  5. Yvonne says:

    Lino does needlepoint!?

    Buon Natale, woman (and man).

  6. Michelle says:

    Bon Nadal! (the only words of the Venetian dialect I know).
    I wish all the best for you and your loved ones for the holiday season and the coming year.
    You bring me back to Venice with each one of your posts.

    Happy Holidays from near Seattle, WA, USA.


  7. Erla Zwingle says:

    Thanks so much!

  8. Kris Bean says:

    Buon Natale, Erla,
    I follow your postings, and your articles in Craftsmanship, assiduously. We will be in Venice next May for 11 days. Maybe we will run into you. It will be our 6th trip, and we hope not our last.

    • Erla Zwingle says:

      Thanks for the season’s greetings, which I heartily echo. I’m glad you’re coming back to Venice. Repeat visitors are the best.

  9. Andreas Jonsson says:

    Bon Nadałe Erla!
    Thank you for all your wonderful accounts of Venetian life.