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Ready for the next adventures in your life. The group will provide each of us opportunities to meet new friends, plan travel opportunities, attend small-medium- or more social functions together, dinners, culture, dancing, explore our Northern Virginia area and also some excursions to MD and DC special events, informal gatherings to formal events/galas//social events, etc. Let's do dinner parties, cook outs, beach trips, travels to near and far off places; but mostly, let's meet new friends and share our experiences in friendly locations with others. Ready for your next adventures?

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2023 Carnivale in Italy 11 Feb to 21 February -- Ready to travel

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Carnevale in Italy brings a burst of color to the dark, cold months of winter.
A huge final celebration to eat, drink and be merry before the restrictions and solemnity of Lent, the festivities in Italy aren’t reserved just to Mardi Gras.
Starting about a month before Ash Wednesday, revelers in Italy celebrate for multiple weekends with sweeping parades, elaborate masks and plenty of brightly colored confetti. You can find traditional Carnival sweets in the bakeries and plenty of tricks and mischief. After all, a Carnevale, ogni scherzo vale! That is, anything goes during Carnival.

Though its history is pagan, the festival was so widely celebrated and the tradition so strong that it was quickly adapted to fit into the Catholic rituals. During the 40 days of Lent, parties were forbidden and meat, sugar and fats were off-limits. Carnival fit in perfectly as a last hurrah and a way to finish all the stores of rich food and drink before Lent.

I have belonged to one of the oldest Italy Carnivale Associations for many years and attended 6 different annual events.

The overall schedule for Carnivale is:

Our association https://www.amicicarnevalevenezia.net will be publishing their events in the Fall of 2022. I will post these when received. The Association typically have 5 events each year. A chocolate party, three major parties, and a lunch. This does not count the extras you might attend.

I am asking who would like to attend in 2023.

Here is a taste of what you may experience.


You can make your own lodging arrangements or I have in the past arranged for a rental and up to 4 of us have split the cost of lodging and food.

Look forward to taking some of our members to Venice. I love exploring and we will have lots of time to do so.


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Walking French Impressionism Art Tour & LUNCH

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