Happy Festive season


Florence nativity scene

Nativity scene in front of Florence Cathedral

It’s that time of year again and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2016 ahead, full of happiness, good health and new ventures!

I hope it has been a good 2015 for you with lots of travels, stories and good memories to share.

Florence Cathedral


Florence is even more beautiful at this time of year and the English magazine ‘The Florentine’ has some interesting Christmas stories and events to tempt  you in case you are in the area.

Florence Baptistery




Christmas reindeer




Florence Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio – Florence







Christmas Il Rinascente

Il Rinascente Department store






Christmas Tree Florence


Baptistery Christmas









I am off to Oz for a month so will catch up with you all again in February……Ponte Vecchio








….and leave you with a little Leunig wisdom!

Michael Leunig Christmas

Reproduced with the kind permission of Michael Leunig


6 thoughts on “Happy Festive season

  1. Truly, Sue, you have done more for your beloved Florence, Tuscany and your adopted country Italy than anyone than I’ve known. t true Florentine! What about the best of” An Aussie in Italy”? In time for the next Yuletide season? I totally agree with your friend Beth’s comments; reading your log reminds me of the happy days that I and my family spent in Florence that many years ago. She remains one of my favourite places in Italy. See you back in Oz in January. In the meantime, Happy Yuletide from us all.

  2. Hope you enjoy the Aussie sunshine for Xmas. Have you heard/seen Tim Minchin’s “Drinking white wine in the sun”? Sure to bring a tear to the eye of homesick Aussie expats doing a “cold Xmas”.

    • Am sure to Heather, although I do like Xmas in the snow…..I fear climate change has put a stop to that! Thanks for the book ref will have a look for it while I am down

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