Salute e Cent’anni!

1 Jan

Last evening, the final of 2020, the moonlit view over the lake was spectacular. But this year,  although there were no fireworks, there was something particularly unique that caught my eye – a large 100 illuminated on the face of The Drake, a storied Chicago hotel. I quickly learned that The Drake was founded in 1920, hence its 100 year celebration. 


Quickly I found myself thinking of Italy.

When Italians celebrate many of life’s happy occasions – a birthday, a wedding, an anniversary, etc., they often raise their glasses in a celebratory toast and proclaim: Cent’anni!  (May you live 100 years!)

Sometimes you hear them say Salute e Cent’Anni! (to your health and 100 years!)

Given  2020, I’ll choose the second toast as my wish for you in 2021:

Salute e Cent’Anni!  

To your health and 100 years!

Wishing you a very Happy and HEALTHY New Year!





17 Responses to “Salute e Cent’anni!”

  1. jean parisi January 1, 2021 at 12:16 PM #

    Anche a te!  Salute e Cent’Anni e tanti baci I am so glad to see your posts.  Grazie Jean

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  2. Hilary Martinez January 1, 2021 at 12:40 PM #

    Salud you you and Len for good Health and Happiness in 2021 ! Stay safe,

    Warm regards,

    Gustavo and Hilary

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Magdolna Csaszar January 1, 2021 at 12:42 PM #

    Thank you Judy.

    The Drake Hotel brings back memories, when Albert was practicing to drive,we used to stop there for the afternoon Tea on Lakeshore Drive. There was when I first tasted mayo on a tea sandwich they served us. I don’t know if I would like tto o live to be a 100, but Tanks anyway Sent from my

    HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best to you and yours.

    Love, Magda


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    • blogginginitaly January 1, 2021 at 12:55 PM #

      Magda, I love all the memories you are sharing! And yes, if anyone can make it to 100, it’s you! Hugs to you and your family and best of health in 2021!🥂


  4. jeanfromcalifornia January 1, 2021 at 1:11 PM #

    A perfect toast for all of us! I shall get you to teach me to pronounce it properly when we meet in October and will use it for all occasions. After all, if the whole world last night was singing an old Scottish song that no one understands, we should be able to spread your wonderful toast!

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    • blogginginitaly January 1, 2021 at 1:19 PM #

      Absolutely, and in exchange you can tell me what that ol Scottish song finally means!! 🥂


  5. Sandra January 1, 2021 at 2:28 PM #

    Many thanks, Judy and love and blessings to you and Len as we move ahead! So happy you’re enjoying your condo so! Chicago is a beautiful, historic city and the waterfront is spectacular in so many ways! Just to show you, this is our family in Chicago for out 55th! We took them there for the weekend! 3 childhood, 5 grandchildren….our daughters both sides of me, our son at the back, 3 in from the right. Spouses are on back right, 1-4 omitting our son. Grandkids speak for themselves – 3 girls in front, grandson then Zoe, grandaughter behind him. Such a fun time! Cent ’Anni a voi!

    Sent from my iPad


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  6. Maureen (Mack) Lawler January 1, 2021 at 2:45 PM #

    What a wonderful view of our amazing city. Wishing you and your family a very special new year! 💖

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  7. Larry Goldhar January 1, 2021 at 3:42 PM #

    Sorry to play “I can top that” but Jews say “I wish you 120 years”. Leonardo

    Sent from my iPhone


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  8. The Holswades January 1, 2021 at 4:58 PM #

    Happy New Year Judy!  I hope 2021 takes you to your beloved Italy once again.  Love, Sandy

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    • blogginginitaly January 1, 2021 at 8:19 PM #

      Thanks, Sandy, we hope so too. In fact, we’re optimistic for a fall trip! Hope you and Larry are well! xo Judy


  9. Royce Larsen January 2, 2021 at 2:53 AM #

    As usual– informative and interesting Thank you


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