Babbo Natale

This year in Bagni di Lucca a wonderful team has created La Casa Di Babbo Natale in Villa Web, the villa famous for its part time resident, Lord Byron. My friend Paola kindly visited to take some photos so that we can all see Santa’s house.

Walk up from La Villa, past the Terme, and up to Villa Web.

La Villa

Babbo Natale

Villa Web

Open the front door…

Villa Web

Villa Web

Santa was out, probably discussing travel arrangements with his helpers and getting the toys sorted. His chair was waiting for his return.

Babbo Natale

Santa’s green helpers were on hand to show Paola around.

Babbo NataleBabbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Santa’s bedroom looked comfortable and inviting. He needs his rest before the big day.

Babbo Natale

The fire was alight, waiting for Santa’s return.

Babbo Natale

The kitchen is looking festive and the table is set ready for Christmas.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

There is a desk where children can sit to write letters to Santa. Several years ago we visited Santa’s home in Finland where we saw the post office where their letters arrive. There are more letters from Italian children than from other countries.

Babbo Natale

Babbo Natale

Paola took a look a Santa’s list. I’m sure our names will be on it.

Babbo Natale

Well done to all those who set up Casa di Babbo Natale! Thank you Paola for sharing it with us.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and an excellent 2018.

Wild weather

There has been some wild weather in Bagni di Lucca. There was snow for a few hours before rain came to wash it all away.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

The river that was extraordinarily low this summer is now roaring past.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Lima river

I wish I was around to see the snow and rain. I love to stand at my window to watch it all happen.

Thank you Paul for taking photos of my front yard.

Ponte a Serraglio

Presepe Vivente Granaiola

I would love to have been at the Presepe Vivente in Granaiola on the weekend. This event is one of the most delightful things to happen in Bagni di Lucca. The whole community gets involved, turning an ancient village into living theatre.

Local photographer David Bonaventuri took these amazing photos. Please look at his Facebook page for more and while you are there see the amazing photos he takes of our beautiful area.

Presepe Vivente

Presepe Vivente

Presepe Vivente

Presepe Vivente

My friend Paola managed to get her photo taken with baby Jesus, played wonderfully by Rafael Kniver.

Presepe Vivente

She took photos too.

I know the event was enjoyed by all who participated. I will have to stay on through December one year to see it for myself.