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A shopaholic bitten by the travel bug

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photo via j|y on flickr

Last night, I was transported back in time in the little village of Dogliani, in the province of Cuneo (region Piedmont), Italy. Magic comes alive as the sun sets and villagers convert their home into the Medieval Age at the Presepe Vivente literally translated as “crib living”.

Presepe is a tradition in Italy where instead of christmas tree, you will find miniature models depicting the night of the birth of Jesus in every home. Presepe Vivente at Dogliani takes a step further as the villagers re-lives the scene instead. Wandering around the streets, you will find soldiers on patrol, women weaving at the loom, blacksmiths forging with anvil and chisel and all the other ancient crafts.

I regretted not bringing my camera… it was hopeless trying to capture the moments with my iphone. Here’s some pictures of Presepe Vivente from another town that I found online.

If you are in Italy this christmas, google for the nearest Presepe Vivente. It is usually only on the night of 23rd and 24th of December where the magic happens. Tonight, it will be exciting as they put baby Jesus into the manger when he is born.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Buon Natale!

Be merry and keep warm!

I got myself the perfect winter scarf at the Missoni outlet in Alba yesterday.  Another christmas present to myself. hohoho!


xx cs


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