Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Yesterday, for once, I was not late getting to work, so I stopped in “Piazza Grande” to take a picture of the still lighted Christmas tree in front of the “Duomo”. But there is no tree, only the lights!New market stalls in “Via della Madonna” with a nice poker of cats.Boxes of colorful natural soap, for every skin or taste.Not far, a 65 euro Santa emerging from a chimney. Or is it a well?

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34 comments:

joo said...

Beautiful Christmas tree, and I do love the cats:)
Christmas Eve is the most important part of celebrations here in Poland and it's really special day for most of us. Let me wish you beautiful, relaxing and peaceful Christmas.
Buon Natale.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Ha! a hollow tree. It's a really nice photo though, with the tree and the symmetrical arches and the soft colors. Merry Christmas to you!

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful shots Vogon. I can almost feel Christmas getting to me now. Have a wonderful one.

Tash said...

Buon Natale, cari 'blogger' amici.
The plaza is so beautiful and festive - I like your statement about lights/no tree :D
Very pretty & interesting collection of pre-holiday photos.

ruma2008 said...

Thank you for showing a decoration of beautiful light present.

Please have a wonderful Christmas!!


From the Far East.
Best regards.

Clueless in Boston said...

The Christmas tree made only of lights looks great, and no messy pine needles to sweep up.

Merry Christmas. I hope Santa is good to you.

tapirgal said...

You have another wonderful collection of photos here. I love the soaps and colors and the rustic boxes. The first photo is magnificent! The tree is lovely and the sky, too. I love the quality of the lighting inside the arches. It almost looks unreal. The building is classically beautiful. What a great post!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful Shot !!Have a Merry Christmas !!

Gunn White said...

So nice and colorful! :-) Enjoy your holiday and have fun (with or without your camera)

I got a nice Italian xmas- cake from a friend in Stavanger and when I open it (Paluani-il Panettone Classico)) I promise to send some thoughts to Italy.:-)

cieldequimper said...

Happy Christmas Eve Trillian and VP, The first shot is gorgeous!

lodolite said...

la prima foto mi piace moltissimo!
ciao simona

Julie said...

I wish you love and laughter tomorrow, VP. Tomorrow and into the New Year.

brattcat said...

It like that tree of lights, and all the other wonderful little slices of life you treat us to throughout the year. Have a lovely holiday, VP and Trillian.

Hilda said...

At least the 'tree' lets you see the church through it. But I guess it's not very pretty during the day, is it?

Those soaps will stop me in my tracks, even if I were already late for work. I love handmade soaps — the makers' creativity when it comes to mixing scents, textures and properties is wonderful!

Hilda said...

Oops, I almost forgot. In case I don't get to visit tomorrow (we have a big family reunion): have a blessed and joyful Christmas, Mr Poet and Trillian!

Kate said...

The tree is lovely, even in half light. At night it must be magical. It is my hope that you have a lovely Christmas and a truly happy and peaceful 2010!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful pictures dear friend, I love those cute "cats", I think you already know it! :)
Merry Christmas !
Léia

JM said...

Glad you stopped at the Piazza! The light is amazing!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

An unusual tree.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the year ahead.
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily PHoto

Halcyon said...

I love the Christmas tree on the plaza - very pretty. If you need one of those inflatable Santa decorations, we can ship you one for a lot less than 65 euro!

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas to you and your family!!

nobu said...

Wonderful photos.
Have a nice holiday!

Leif Hagen said...

I especially like the Christmas tree in front of the cathedral! Cute cats and yummy soaps at the Christmas market!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Kaori said...

Beatiful tree (er...lights?) in front of an equally lovely building! I hope you have a wonderful christmas in livorno :D

B SQUARED said...

Best wishes your a joyous holiday. Merry Christmas!

Stine in Ontario said...

I'm surprised to see a North American Santa in Livorno!

Merry Christmas, VP!

Per Stromsjo said...

Gorgeous first shot.

Interesting phenomenon. Light decorations for a tree become a concept and take off on their own without a tree.

Frank said...

The tree at Piazzo Grande is so, so beautiful. I like the St. Nick, too. He looks a lot like the ones here in Florida. He does get around.

Thank you, VP, for the many kind and interesting gifts of Livorno you have given me all year. Your city is fascinating and your photos and copy have been inspirational.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

James said...

Great pictures but the top one is outstanding.

Steffe said...

A different tree with just the lights, I like that. God Jul.

Wolynski said...

The top photo is stunning - now that's what I call conserving trees - great idea.

All these photos are lovely - beautiful colors.

Babzy said...

Beautiful tree !! I wish you a merry Christmas :)

Ellie Vellie said...

That sky is is magical blue! The tree gives wonderful glow to the building. Are those the soaps that smell like berries? they are so tempting!

Andreea said...

:) Beautiful series, I like all of them. They are all cheerful and colorful, but the cats are my favorite. That Santa charges a lot for popping out of the well :)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Such a lovely treee, that first one! And all are beautiful!