The view from Clare's apartment is stunning!
We had a wonderful Christmas in Italy with our daughter, Clare and family. It was such fun, although the time flew by so quickly that it seemed no time before we were back in Istanbul again!
We all wore Venetian masks while we opened our presents.
Clare and Jessica looked particularly fetching!
Reg kept us amused with his party popper...
...which Hugo found quite fascinating/
David wore his cashmere scarf (a present from Santa)...
...while Clare poured the champagne.
We had Christmas day lunch at Laguna Blu, our favourite restaurant,
where Santa was waiting to greet us.
As we entered the restaurant, we came across this Nativity Scene,
made entirely form pizza dough.
Our table was by the window...
,,,and this was the view outside. How wonderful was that?
It makes me smile just to see it again.
David and Jessica poured over the menu to see what delights we had in store.
The meal began with an aperitivo (non alcoholic for the young people)...
...and finished (after 5 more courses) with traditional pandoro and panettone with cream
There was definitely no room for supper that evening after such a gargantuan meal!
We have always enjoyed eating at Bistrot Laguna Blu, every time we visit Clare. Here is a video I made last summer, which shows the restaurant and its surroundings. Enjoy!
by Elizabeth Coughlan