Thursday, January 2, 2014

Health, Wealth and a Happy New Year's Day on Lido

Boys chase giant soap bubbles made by a clown onstage: on a canvas by Chardin or 17th-century Dutch genre painters this would be an allegory of transience and folly, but on Lido it's just a good time
Yesterday was one of those bright New Year's Days that make the annual dip of the Lido Ibernisti club seem almost like a good bracing healthy idea. But only almost. It may indeed be all of those things (as the Ibernisti claim) but, like an annually-increasing number of others, I was there to enjoy the water only from the shore, and to eat the combination of lenticchie and soft moist pork musetto sausage (called cotechino in Italian) that's supposed to assure one of good fortune (in the monetary sense) in the forthcoming year.

While someone in the role of the doge still solemnly and symbolically weds the sea every spring, the annual Ibernisti encounter with her each January 1st is a festive dalliance. 

Avanti! The number of photographers now rivals the number of swimmers
Sunshine and blue skies and a refreshing dip
Some bathers were in no hurry to get out
And a Happy New Year, too, to all the ships at sea, as I believe they used to say: there were more than a half dozen massive ones waiting their turn to enter the lagoon.
A hint of endless summer at the start of January

8 comments:

  1. Happy new year Sig. Nonloso.
    In case you hop around the corner and over the bridge to the Biennale library these days, check

    http://polovea.sebina.it/SebinaOpac/Opac?action=inventory&sessID=87564789E18A2F1A5C1A653F671F9E62@29a17015&docID=1

    if you want to. Author of "Migropolis".

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    1. Thank you for the link, Brigitte. Though the link doesn't seem to be working at the moment, the library is close enough that I can just go look up the book itself in person. Oddly enough, I found a copy of Migropolis in a bookcase at my doctor's office!
      And a Happy New Year to you!

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    2. Sophisticated physician... !
      You might like to know and maybe even attend this: http://iveser.it/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1076&Itemid=13

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    3. I fell behind so much on comments, Brigitte, that I just read your link and thought about going, only to realize it happened earlier today! This is an all-too-frequent experience I have. Perhaps I need to make a New Year's resolution regarding it.

      I was hoping that my doctor would need the space that the 2-volume Migropolis takes up in his bookcase (otherwise filled mostly with medical texts) and being willing to sell it to me, but no such luck!

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  2. Happy New Year Sig. Nonloso. Best wishes for you, your family and friends. Thank you for your blog, photos and comments, always fascinating. It is a great pleasure to read each release (I think I am becoming an addict now) and participate a bit beside you in venetian everyday life.

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    1. You're very kind to take the time to read this blog, Auvraisien, and even more so to let me know what you think of it and of your own experiences in Venice. It's a nice thought to me, an encouraging one, to think that people who like Venice but aren't able to be here as much as they'd like could get a sense of it from reading this blog. And it's also very nice to get your own (and other people's) particular sense of it and history with it. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  3. Happy New Year to the whole family. Maybe only swimmers/photographers should be allowed next year..

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your family, too, Francesco; I hope you've had a bit of sunshine to begin the year in that overcast northern city.

      Photogs and swimmers alone would amount to a decent crowd, it's true, but if no one else showed up who would cheer the swimmers into the water and reward them with more applause when they exited (the photogs would be too busy with their cameras)? Particularly on cold foggy days, like last year, I think they need the encouragement.

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