Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Glowing in the gloom

The Celt and his mama have gone to church, I remain in the breakfast room listening to the waiters, watching the boats pass by the windows, listening again to "Oh Holy Night" much as we did yesterday outside the church of San Vitale, and marvelling how even in the morning gloom the colors of Venice glow. And they do, especially on the walls surrounding me. 


Yesterday afternoon, looking at the subtle warmth of the pinks and corals of La Fenice, how balanced they were with clear pale greens, natural whites, faux marbre, scagliola, acres of rococo gilding and shaded lamps, I wondered at how, at home, color speaks in gruff, hoarse tones from which accent and nuance are gone.

Perhaps too serious a subject for today which is, after all, the celebration of a Promise glowing in the gloom two thousand years long. 

The photograph of Santa Maria Della Salute taken last night, Christmas Eve, just before we went to bed. 


  1. What a wonderful place to spend Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and the Celt!

  2. Enjoy! I hope you have a lovely year in 2014!

  3. Lovely! So glad you are there- your images are quite nice too- happy 2014!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful blog! So thankful for the day that I stumbled onto your lovely site...

  5. Lovely, lovely blog! So thankful for the day I accidentally stumbled onto your site!