Monday, Dec. 7, is St Ambrogio Day, celebrating Milan's patron saint - Saint Ambrogio, of course.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, is the Feast of Immaculate Conception, a national holiday.
And that's about all I know about that. Which isn't much. But what I do know is that I don't have to go to work. La la la!
At first we thought of making use of the glorious 4 day weekend and going off on a trip somewhere. It's only a few hours drive to the Italian Riviera, or what about visitng the Christmas markets in Switzerland or Austria?
But the reality is that we have lots of chores to take care off around the house. Like cleaning. And organizing. And going shopping to complete the living room, chairs for the dining room, etc, etc... And for S, there is the alarm system to finish putting up, the lighting fixture to install... And that tree we got last night at Ikea? We still need to rescue it from the garage where we left it, and then it needs decorating.
And so this long weekend/ponte (bridge, as Italians love to call their long weekends) we will be in the neighborhood.
Oh, and the Fiera Artigiana makes its annual appearance starting this weekend. I first visited it during my first visit to Milan back in 2005 (wow, has it really been 4 years already?) and it's always fun. Lots and lots of booths in halls divided by the different regions in Italy, and then there's also the 'Mondo' (world) region. It's always fun to wander around looking at different crafts and products, sample delicacies, and not forgetting a stop at the Sicilia area for my favorite arancinis. Word of advice, try to visit in the morning or on weekdays to avoid the crazy crowds.
Let me leave you with a picture from our island getaway just a few weeks ago. These two were my friends' 4-year-old kids - they were so cute playing together hand-in-hand the whole time. The beach, sand, and the waves... it's the opposite of the weather here but doesn't that just conjure up the beautiful image of holiday?
Have a great weekend everyone!