Monday, February 11, 2008

Carnevale di Venezia

As many of you already know, Opus and I went to the carnival in Venice just before the start of lent. It was wild, fun, crazy, exciting, and beautiful! Lucky for us, a whole bunch of our friends were able to join us in the celebration. Our good friends Sassy, Momo (the cat),Percy, Ruis, Karl, Mrs. Oz, Emil, Asta, Charley, Momo (dog), and her little brother, Pinot. Momo, the cat, also brought along a few new friends for us to meet. It was wonderful to get to know Charlotte, Scylla, Charybdis and Socks while spending the day with them at the carnival. Be sure to check out our friends's blogs as they have posted photos of our adventures as well.

Little by little, we all arrived via the gondola. Lucky for us Momo was working as a gondoler that day or it might have cost us all a fortune to ride in the expensive gondola! It pays to have friends in high places!

Sassy, Rusi and Karl arriving by gondola with
Momo behind the wheel, er paddle.

(photo by Karl; edited by Momo)

Momo's cousin, Charlotte, was there to greet us
as we arrived by gondola.

(photo by Momo, the cat)

Everyone was dressed to the nines in the most incredible outfits I had ever seen! It was like we had stepped into a fairy tail (hehehehe) with Venice as its backdrop! Here are some photos of all of us dressed up in our fabulous costumes!

Emil dressed for joking and ready for the party to start!

(photo by Karl)

Ms. Oz looking lovely with Piazza San Marco behind her.

(photo by Karl)

Sassy and I (Roscoe) trying to find our friends in
San Marco's square (Opus is behind the camera).
It was just packed with people!

(Photo by Sassy)

Charlie looking eloquent in front of the beautiful
Basilica di San Marco.

(photo by Charlie)

Our new friends, Scylla, Charybdis and Socks,
enjoying the party in San Marco's square.

(photo by Momo, the cat)

Opus and I in the thick of the fun at San Marco's square,
wearing outfits made for us by Sassy.

(photo by Sassy)

Momo looking radiant in her Venetian carnival costume.

(photo by Momo, the cat)

Miss Sassy on display in San Marco's square

(photo by Opus and Roscoe)

Opus and I posing for cat treats
in front of the church of San Marco.

(photo by Opus and Roscoe)

Percy and Sassy enjoying a sunset stroll near the lagoon.

(photo by Sassy)

Pinot with his big sissy, Momo, enjoying his first ever carnival.

(photo by Momo the cat)

The party was fun, but it was a bit chilly this time of year. After spending all day outside enjoying the festivities, we got a little cold. To help warm us up, Asta treated all of us to hot chocolate at the famed Florian cafe.

(photo by Asta)

Once warmed up, we all went back to our hotel to change. We had all been invited to a special costume ball that was held in a private palace!

Waiting outside the hotel for everyone before the costume ball.
Group shot: l-r: Karl, Ruis, Momo, Asta, Charlie, & Emil
Sitting: Sassy (we missed the photo as we were changing our costumes)
(photo by Karl)

The breathtaking Miss Asta, in Venice at twilight,
with the island of San Giorgio in the background.

(photo by Asta)

Sassy, Opus and I with a bird's eye-view of the costume ball below.

(photo by Sassy)

The morning sun was already shining when we said our goodbyes, jumped into a gondola, and headed back to our hotel for a nice, long, catnap.

(photo by Opus and Roscoe)

Arrivederci Carnevale di Venezia!
Ci vediamo la prossima volta!

(Good bye Venice carnival! See you next time!)

**Friends, please feel free to use any of these photos for your blog. Just be sure to give to credit to the person (or pet) who made the photo. Thanks!***


Sassy Kat said...

So glad that ya made it back safely! I was so worried that ya two were left in Venice. Stop by my place and check things out. Plans are now being made for next year!!!! We will go early and stay late.

Daisy said...

I love seeing all the beautiful outfits everybody is wearing!

Jan said...

What beautiful photos. We posted yesterday but we added the gondola shot to today's post. Thanks for sharing it. We love seeing Percy with all his friends.

jans funny farm

Asta said...

Opus and Roscoe
I think this is going to have to be a yeawly event..It was too bootiful fow wowds!! I loved youw utfits and photos..Isn't Flowians the best??
theiw hot hocolate is incompawable!!

see you soon mi amici
smoochie baci

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I just love those costumes. I am eagerly awaiting picking one out for me next year!

MoMo said...

What a great recap of all the fun we had in Venice! You two look smashing, as always. No party is complete without having you guys around. I am sure us party animals will be back there next year in force.

Momo & Pinot said...

Opus and Roscoe!!
We had pawsome time in Venice. Thank you for welcoming us at the last minutes. It was fun, wild, breathtaking and memorable!

We marked our calendar for our next adventure to Venice. :)

Thank you for taking these pawsome pictures. We've posted some of them on our blog.

Momo & Pinot from frozen Canada

Orable & Charlie said...

Hi guys, aren't we all just gorgeous in those photos? Had such a great time!


The Cat Realm said...

Oh yes - it was wonderful!!! You have some pictures up that I hadn't even seen yet! Everybody looked just gorgeous! Next year we'll do it again!

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