Found my real-life winter wonderland in Stockholm ❄️ I've been lucky enough to see snowfall on both of my recent trips but embracing the snow has been both a challenge ~ and ~ a blessing... ✨
Might look like a lil puffy 🐥 here as I'm wearing literally 7 layers but Stockholm was the purrrfect 5 day birthday break 🎈 #TheTravelKitty
Every year, in January, takes place the traditional feast of Le farchie di Fara Filiorum Petri, a little town in Abruzzo. The farchie ritual has its roots in the 1799 French invasion of Abruzzo...thanks to the the Saint Anthony of Abate miracle, the French was rejected as they approached the nearby oak trees that burst into flames thereby engulfing the hapless attacking forces. The farchie celebration likely has pagan roots with fire as the main symbolic feature, served as a form of purification...Two pictures of my ongoing project; in the first, Antonio, "contradaiolo" of Contrada Colli (the Contrada that kindly hosts me every year) during the preparation of the farchia; the preparation takes about a week. In the second, a moment of the celebration.