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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

{Christmas in Magical Ortisei, Italy}

Of course, having lived and worked in Italy in the Venice area for about one year, around Christmas, I do MISS Italy! 
Virtual friend Loredana Stasi, the artist from the blog: Il filo del cuore Ricami The thread of the heart... Embroideries, did grant me permission to use some of her photos, to show you Christmas in Magical Ortisei, Italy.
La magia dell'Alpe di Siusi or The Magic of the Dolomites is the title of her original post!
Just click the pink hyperlink above...
The area of South Tyrol, northern Italy has such charm!
The Val Gardena, a mountain chain within the Dolomites is part of the Alps.
Look at such a DREAM!
Loredana went skying with her husband and son...
My comment for Lory on her post.
Yes, we always drove through this region of the Dolomites when going from Cornuda, Italy home via Innsbruck, Austria to The Netherlands to visit my Parents...
South Tyrol, is also the area for the famous hand carved wood, like this gorgeous outdoor nativity!
Thanks Lory for granting me permission to use your beautiful photos.
Below you find two posts, about this very talented artist Lory, she inherited her incredible skills from her dear Grandma Nonna Elisa!

Related links:
Mercatino della Creatività... | post showing Lory's fabulous Christmas embroidery work!
Un Ricordo Dolcissimo...Nonna Elisa! | Lory with her artist Grandmother Elisa, on her 100th Birthday. That remarkable lady designed embroidery kits when she was young, she dreamed about them and created them... A must read story and no wonder Lory is so talented herself!


42 comments:

  1. it looks like a beautiful place to visit. thanks for sharing the winter magic. :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Oh, we LOVED that part of Italy so much and even for driving through it is a joy.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Dearest Mariette,

    Looks like an amazing winter wonderland with all the beautiful snow I love the pretty buildings.
    Have a lovely week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      That area is looking lovely through all seasons...
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest MAriette,
    wonderful pictures .. I love this Nativity...such a great work!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas,
    sending Love and hugs
    Claudia xo

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Thank you and yes, we only wish we would have such a life-size Nativity here in town! Precious wood carving.
      Merry Christmas to you both.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Liebe Mariette,

    das schenkt Freude.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, nicht? Solch schönes Gebäude, Umgebung und die Krippe im freien...
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  5. Het is altijd leuk om te zien hoe ze kerst vieren in een ander land vooral als er veel sneeuw ligt.Wij zijn daar ook een keer met kerst geweest.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Kerst vieren vind ik het meest sfeervol gedaan door Italië, Oostenrijk, Zwitserland en Duitsland... Natuurlijk trekt ook een deel van hun invloeden naar Nederland maar het is níet hetzelfde.
      Sneeuw maakt het magisch maar hoeft natuurlijk niet persé.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette,
    Thanks for sharing the link. I really liked the decorated logs. It is nice to see parts of Italy in Winter.
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

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    1. Dearest Munir,You are quite welcome and isn't that a wonderful sight?
      This is like a winter-wonder-land but even without snow, those Italians know how to celebrate Christmas!
      Thank you for your Christmas wishes and sending you also Greetings of Peace for you and yours.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Hello Mariette, What a privilege to have spent a year in Italy. I would not have guessed that for the location of this hotel, but I like interesting surprises.

    A very Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      You are absolutely right about that. If one had to guess for a quiz, it would have been very hard to come up with Italy. Gingerbread and the paint color make it more of a puzzle.
      The typical shape of the mountains we did of course recognize, having lived there on the foothills of the Dolomites and passed through them so many times.
      Enjoy also a Peaceful Christmas time!
      Kindest regards,
      Mariette

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  8. Oh was für wundervolle Bilder - sie stimmen so romantisch auf das Weihnachtsfest ein

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Ja dass tun sie bestimmt. Besonders die Krippe im Freien ist so schön!
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  9. My dear friend Mariette,
    This is a beautiful post, I enjoyed to see parts of that magnificent mountain, I imagine would be so beautiful to see the alps in this time of the year.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year full of love and blessings for you and all of your family,
    Hugs with love,
    Laura

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Thank you and you are right, this part of the world KNOWS how to create the utmost Christmas atmosphere. So very romantic and not as fake looking as we often see here...
      Wishing you in return also a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots of blessings.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. What a beautiful place! The first photo is especially beautiful with the lovely tree. The hotel is very pretty, must be really pleasant to stay there. I've visited Italy once but it wasn't Christmas season. Would love to visit there around Christmas...even though it may be very cold :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Oh, it is a dream and leave it to this part of the world for creating a very warm ambiance. Natural wood works very well and they also know how to prepare the most delicious food in the world. We are lucky for having a Lady Chef in town, that comes right from this very area...
      Cold and crisp outside but very warm and comforting inside!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dear Mariette,what a lovely place!
    I would love to spend my vactions at the mountains and with all that snow!
    Magical place!Thank you for sharing!
    Merry Christmas to you and Pietr!Happy Holidays my friend!
    Hugs and kisses from me and my Flora!Yes,she's here with me!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      It makes me happy looking at those pictures... so romantic and warmly for Christmas!
      Wishing you and yours also a Merry Christmas and enjoy the family time together.
      Hugs and kisses back to you and Flora!
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette,
    I has reading of beautiful Italy when going in nativity in the outdoor so wonderful wood fir tree.
    I never has in my life with this talented artist yout friends Miss Lury also she has good skills from Grandore Nonna Elisa on her 100th Birthday.Have a dreamed of Lory of MerryChristmas.
    The hard part was the my times. it not simple in the results how I can do it? nothing like in the my golfing or in my garden ...
    Marry Christmas with Pietr and happy new year of your family.
    Hugs and love to you with dear!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Glad you got to know a little bit about the very talented artist Miss Lory, she definitely inherited her skills from her dear Grandma Elisa, who created embroidery kits that still are being sold.
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and hope the weather is perfectly for summer!
      Hugs and love and thanks for your wishes to Pieter, my family and me.
      Mariette

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  13. ik kan je wel geloven dat je italie mist !!!
    want het is een mooi land en ook wat
    dichter bij je vaderland Nederland !!!
    ik wens jou en je man een fijne kerst toe ..
    a big hug

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Jazeker, voor zulke dagen best wel. Niets kan tegen dat gebied op, zó warm en ook zó mooi hoe hun het vieren. Mooie Kerstversieringen (veelal gemaakt in Italië) en heerlijk gebak, lekker eten... mooie straatversieringen, prachtige Kerstmissen gezongen in het Gregoriaans...
      Volgens mij heeft Griekenland ook best wat van die intens warme sfeer!
      Ook jullie met z'n allen een fijne Kerst.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  14. I wish you and your dear husband a merry Christmas and a happy new year !!
    Hugs
    Astrid

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    1. Dearest Astrid,
      Likewise for you and your family. Have a cozy and warm celebration in the warmth of your home. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Sono commossa Mariette,per le tue belle parole!!! Grazie grazie grazie per aver parlato di me,dei miei lavori e di nonna Elisa oltre che di Ortisei! Ti auguro buon natale a te e i tuoi cari,ti abbraccio forte forte Lory

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    1. Dearest Lory,
      You are quite welcome dear; don't need to be moved as you deserve this! Over the years I've got to know you as such a warm and caring family person and the affection with which you spoke about your dear 'artist' Grandma (Nonna) has moved ME very much! That is LOVE and you manage to continue in her footsteps and create the most beautiful embroidery.
      Thank you for granting me permission for re-publishing your excellent photos. So well captured, the beauty of the area that I have forever in my heart and it is also in Pieter's heart!
      Enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Christmas in the snow. Beautiful.

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Well, it is not the SNOW alone... that area of the world knows how to celebrate the true Christmas and they are world renown for their artful wood carvings. We feel blessed for having several of them in a smaller scale.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Never experienced a white Christmas it is too bloody hot for that here and it doesn't snow here no matter how cold it feels, that said I liked these pictures

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      You are right about that and we too can forget about a white Christmas as snow is so very rare and IF, it only lasts for hours...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Omg my friend its magnificent, how special that you get to visit such a truly beautiful and magical place..
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year....

    Hugs~
    Mari

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      No, I did not visit this magical place, we just passed through this area when working and living in Italy. A dear blogger friend got to visit here!
      Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Oh so beautiful!!!!Lovely photos!!!!Lovely place!!!!
    Merry Christmas, with health, love and joy for all the world!
    Love & kisses & hugs my dear friend!!

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    1. Dearest Georgette,
      Thank you and wishing you also a Merry Christmas and lots of blessings!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Wishing you and your family a most joyful Christmas Mariette! Filled with joy and love.
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Merry Christmas Mariette I hope you enjoy these festivities with your family

    FELIZ NAVIDAD

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      Thank you and Feliz Navidad to you and yours in Spain!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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