Babbo by the dozen

Thanks to a message from Fausto, my early warning alert system, I knew there would be a Regata of Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) on Saturday morning. We met at Ca’ Foscari, hoping to be allowed access to their water landing stage, which would provide a ringside seat for this occasion. But not even Fausto’s Venetian accent and charm would give us permission today. There was a “Private function” happening.

So, we walked down to Ca’ Rezzonico and waited on the hump-backed bridge there. Soon, a veritable flotilla of Babbo Natale appeared from the direction of San Marco. I am so glad I didn’t miss this fun experience.

But, wait, there’s more.

As this Babbo Natale passed, a little girl beside me called out in happy excitement “Pappa, Pappa”. It was her grandpa.

While waiting for the Regata to appear, I looked up at the Palazzo Grassi and saw an old friend.

The streets at night are very pretty.

Not at all festive

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16 responses to “Babbo by the dozen

  1. hahah! Only in bella Venezia would you ever see that many rowing Santas!

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  3. julie

    Brilliant pictures Yvonne ! I think one of the Babbos (Babbi lol ) are in disguise in your 8th pic .. spotted his beard .. can you see him ?

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  4. Anna

    Loving all your adventures in Venice, will you be publishing a pissotta guide like the “ponte de venezia” or like Venise La Serinissime’s “well heads”?
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. He’s a big stuffed fellow. I had only seen him front on before, so was pleased to get his profile!

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  6. That was some bird, was it real ??

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  7. There’s a definite word of mouth network here. Or, you keep a close eye on posters around the place.

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  8. Michelle

    Ah, what fun. Can we get Fausto to be my early warning alert system next year???

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  9. Pat

    Yvonne, this is so cute!!! Great that you were able to experience it. You really crack me up never missing a chance to get a photo of a pissota!!

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