Mama’s birthday in her favorite place

Clockwise from top L: Mama’s birthday spritz with Elisa & Anna at Il Caffe Rosso; Paisley gives Mama birthday love; Beautiful wooden puzzles of Venice at Signor Blum (Francesca of Signor Blum in center); Mama and our Spezzatino dinner at Osteria Ai Do Pozzi

Today we celebrated Mama’s 76th birthday in her favorite place in the world: Venice, Italy!

I brought her coffee and pastry from a local bar, which we enjoyed at home. Later we ventured out in the direction of a campo she loves. Along the way, we found ourselves at a shop we’ve long adored, called Signor Blum. We got to chat with Francesca, one of the shop’s owners and artists. They make wonderful wooden sculptures, some of which fit together like puzzles. Many of our friends’ refrigerators are adorned with magnetic, colorful wooden Ferros (the symbol on the front of the gondola) from this shop. Our own fridge has the full rainbow of Ferros!

In the evening, we met up with friends at the bar with the red door in Campo Santa Margherita. Since it was pouring rain, we had to relocate our celebrations indoors. But we had a wonderful time together.

Mama and I were planning on going straight home, but a friendly face at our neighborhood tavern beckoned as we passed their windows. We were cold and wet, and decided yes, eating and getting warm sounded lovely. We tried the Spezzatino, which the chef Alessandro explained was like goulash. It seemed to us like stew on a plate — and it was the perfect dinner to warm us from the inside. It was so good that we ordered some more to go, and they sent us on our way with a bag of bread and many happy birthday wishes!

Today’s #OneGoodThing was celebrating a special birthday in Venice with Mama!

Day 274 of 365. And Day 1,005 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the following 365)! 

1 year ago today: Mama’s birthday adventures

2 years ago today: An unexpected birthday

What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments!

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