Saturday, November 27, 2010
Here is the Grand Room of the Palazzo Mocenigo where the festivities are to take place. This room is surrounded by other rooms on 2 floors, making it a "courtyard". Also making it a fantastic 3 dimensional runway for the dozen grade schoolers in attendance. The Palazzo rattled and shook.
These amazingly beautiful chandeliers from Murano are each over 6 feet tall, and just barely fit their place in the large room. But they are up to their job...
Ah! its that time in a Thanksgiving Dinner where people relax, talk, and wait for the desert...With 60 Americans waiting it usually isn't this calm, but here the definition of 'American' has been enlarged, to include anyone from the Western Hemisphere, and their spouses...or friends. Quite egalitarian, and fits the notion of Thanksgiving as the holiday which all the world should share.
It was dark, but the food and talk was above par. (Yes, some of these Venetians talked golfing at the course in Venice, who knew?) The Cabernet was delicious, and went well with the 4 or 5 types of dressing ('stuffing'), a large Turkey, chicken, for those who don't appreciate Turkey (kids), Chicken Cacciatore, French green beans, salad, acqua minerale, and....pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cheese cake, carrot cake, and whatever. Alas, no espresso. I guess that's American.
There was not too much talking about America, but all the expates and hangers-on had a great time thanks to our wonderful and generous host Steve Green... Mille Grazie.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I am off to that city, the door to Cathay, to study the language of Dante, and amuse myself in the fantasy of the real citta de Venezia.