Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 45 DAYS
A big Monday morning hello to you!!
You know how much I love Mondays - I know there is something wrong with me I just love the start of a new work week and the energy!
My kids were not thrilled about heading back to school after having a week off, but hey, that's life.
In a little over a month, they'll be out of school again and we'll be heading over to London and Paris for ten days.
Can I tell you how happy I am to have all my outfits laid out and ready to be packed!!! This is a first for me -- I'm never ready for a trip this far in advance, but, it just worked out that way and especially after my mini shopping spree on Saturday.
Going to give you some more details tomorrow (Travelin' Tuesday) about this trip and some of the specifics for how we'll be spending a few of our days.
Back to today...
Boy, do I have a long "to do" list. I have phone calls, errands and a trip to Old Navy for Gianna, who is in desperate need leggings. This kid is so hard on her clothes. I suppose it could be because she wears them for 5 minutes and then they end up in the wash - personally, I think the wear is from being laundered so much.
I used to think I had a 5 minute window of "no dirty laundry" but I'm realizing it just doesn't exist at all. Anyone with girls...does it get better??
Well, on that note, let me return to the city of Venice. That is where Tanya is currently traveling this week. The last and final city on her Winter Wonderland Tour this year.
She made it there this year for Carnival. How much do you know about this annual tradition?
Let's take a look at:
17 Fun Facts About Carnival in Venice
1. It is said that the Carnival of Venice was started when La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia or the Most Serene Republic of Venice defeated a \rebellion led by Ulrich, the Patriarch of Aquileia,in the year 1162.
2. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, forty days before Easter.
3. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Carnevale celebrations were popular throughout Europe.
4. Carnevale in Italy was traditionally a period when roles were reversed – men and women, nobility and commoners.
5. The tradition of masking has a long tradition in Venice. All the way back in 1268, a law even was passed to ban—of all things—putting on masks and throwing perfumed eggs!
Pietro Longhi’s “The Ridotto,” showing the commonplace use of masks 1750s Venice
6. Did you know? In the 18th century Venetians used to wear the full-face black velvet masks at “houses of ill repute” – such as gambling parlours – to hide the identity of their owners? This meant that people could engage in frowned upon behaviours while staying anonymous.
(credit: Giorgio Menuzzi)
7. The term Carnival derives from the Latin “carnem levare” meaning “remove the meat” because it was originally referring to the final banquet preceding Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the Lenten period of fasting, where meat is not permitted.
8. Around the Carnival and the creation of its masks a true craftsmanship was born which also has ancient roots.
9. A statute of the city in April 1436 recognized the so-called “mascarere”, craftsmen who made masks of various shapes and with different materials, as a “profession”.
10. Known throughout the world is the Venetian mask which was born in 1600 and still typical of modern disguises: the “Bauta”, that is a white mask called ” larva “, dominated by a black three-cornered hat and completed by a dark cloak. The mask guaranteed the anonymity of the wearer and while you maybe familiar with that, let’s take a look at some unusual facts about Venice Carnival.
11. Rich and poor, illustrious and destitute, shipwrights and fishermen, Christians, Jews, men and women, everyone who hid under the disguise could pretend to be someone else and maybe climb the stairs of the Palazzo Ducale to go and salute the most serene Doge.
(credit: Alaskan Dude)
12. The typical sweets of the Carnevale are Frittelle and Galani, which can be purchased in every single bakery and patisserie in town, but only during Carnival time. Every shop has its own version of either cakes, so make sure to go and try as many as you can and find your favorite!
13. In the mid 1500s during a carnival in Saint Mark’s square a young acrobat walked from the bell tower of San Marco on a tightrope above the cheering crowd down to a boat anchored on the quay of the Piazzetta. On the descent he reached the balcony of the Palazzo Ducale and handed gifts to the Doge. This event was a great success and he was named the Svolo del Turco.
14. By the 18th century, Venetians were allowed to wear masks for six months a year. And they took advantage! Black velvet masks, for example, would be worn in “houses of ill repute”—especially gambling parlors—to shield their owners’ identities, as shown in the painting here.
BAUTA MASK (credit: Venetian Masks Shop)
15. The Carnival celebrations were starting to wane in the 18th century and when the Austrian government conquered Venice in 1798 the practice of wearing masks and celebrating Carnevale were almost completely obsolete. When Mussolini was in power in the 1930s, he banned the celebrations completely as well.
16. Venetian masks can be made of leather, porcelain or using the original glass technique.
17. The original masks were rather simple in design, decoration, and often had a symbolic and practical function. Nowadays, most Italian masks are made with the application of gesso and gold leaf and are hand-painted using natural feathers and gems to decorate.
So, today is just lovely outside. I made a big pot of vegetable soup for the kids today, which I'm looking forward to having as well!
That's about it for today.
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: VENICE, ITALY
Return trip already planned!
Hey hey hey and a HAPPY day, Monday that is...the last Monday of the month and the last Monday of our Winter Wonderland Tour.
GREETINGS once again from Venice!
We still have yet another country to visit - a micro country that is - San Marino!
And one more city in Italy before our departure and travel back to the states.
Then before ya know it my trip countdown will be counting down to our next trip which leaves on March 20th (the day after my birthday).
We've been keeping so busy here in Venice that we've hardly the opportunity to sit down, much less get my daily written and upload a few of the "oh so many" pictures that we've taken. So I do apologize to you and just know that anything I may have not been able squeeze in and/or share with you I WILL - all in due time.
For now though I'm gonna keep it short. We are having a fabulous time here in the city that is a maze!
And my dear Cosette has compared the end of carnival to that of the day after Christmas. But in all honesty she also compared the day after the FIS to the day after Christmas. We've already decided that we are coming back to see the FIS in Cortina (2021)...and not only that.
But we will also be back for the Venetian Carnival" which is pretty darn exciting!!!