Happy Holidays from Florence

Ciao Readers!  And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

The holiday season is upon us.  Here in Florence that means sparkling lights strung over all the main streets, Christmas markets, strolling musicians and Babbo Natales, and dogs decked out in their holiday attire.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t mean that shops are any more crowded than usual (if anything less so because the tourists have thinned out).  I have to say, it is a much less commercialized version than the one we’re used to back in the States.  It makes the season feel more festive and enjoyable (objectively, putting aside homesickness).  (Of course, you would have no idea it was also Hanukkah here, unless you ventured to the only synagogue in town [pictured in last row].)

The holiday season also means that here in Florence many things will be closed for the winter break (Steve gets 3 full weeks off – yay!), and that back in the States many of you will be away from work for a bit (though likely not 3 full weeks).  This also means that if I keep posting at my usual rate, your inbox will be flooded upon your return and some posts may go unseen.  So, in honor of everyone’s holidays and work breaks, I’ll be taking a short holiday hiatus and will return in January.  Since we have train tickets to Venice and Lucca over the break, rest assured there will be fun and photo-filled posts come the new year.

In the meantime, whatever your holidays and celebrations, I hope they are warm, peaceful and joy-filled!  HAPPY EVERYTHING!  Signing off with some festive scenes from around town, enjoy!:

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13 Comments

  1. Have some great traveling vacations! Thank you for sending me a little bit of Italy. Buon Natale e Buonanno! vera

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  2. yesterdaywasdramatictodayisokay

     /  December 16, 2012

    Love love love these photos! Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Buon Natale e Buon Anno anche a te! Goditi il periodo natalizio in Italia! Ute

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  4. Ako

     /  December 17, 2012

    Beautiful! Have a fun trip! Happy, happy holidays to you & Steve! (BTW, I only get the 25th off!!) :P

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  5. Carissima, ti ho appena nominata per il Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Auguri!!

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  6. happy holidays. Blog you in 2013. :)

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