It was the night before Christmas. Actually, it was two nights before I left our apartment in Italy to spend the holiday season at our home in Garland, Texas, but as we wandered the winding medieval streets of Siena it felt like Christmas Eve. The air was brisk, swags of Christmas lights hung above us and Christmas decorations adorned shop windows, while we walked by people carrying shiny bags of Christmas gifts.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of happiness and peace.

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My life as a global nomad (about 22 years) continues to influence my writing and photography. When I lived in Shanghai, I went through a sea change of sorts, resulting in a major shift in my writing (from fiction to memoir) and a great new love, photography. Currently my husband and I live in Garland, Texas, near our daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Charmiene. It was such a magical night.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 3 years ago

    A beautiful holiday feeling. Love this.

  • So glad you love this, Marjorie. This image brings back such wonderful memories.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Patty Gross
    Patty Grossover 3 years ago

    Absolutely magnificant, Deborah!! What a quaint and beautiful Christmas card this would make. I love this nighttime street scene. Very well done!!

  • Thank you, Patty. I love the fact they don’t put up Christmas decorations here until shortly before our Thanksgiving.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Mojca Savicki
    Mojca Savickiover 3 years ago

    Nice night shot Deborah! :-)

  • Thanks, Mojca. It was such a beautiful night.

    – Deborah Downes

  • moodywalia
    moodywaliaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you. And thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

    – Deborah Downes

  • DebbieSmartt
    DebbieSmarttover 3 years ago

    Wow I love it!

  • Thanks, Debs. That was such a delightful night.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 3 years ago

    festive moods… stunning POV and lighting!

  • Thank you, Nikolay:)

    – Deborah Downes

  • Lozzar Landscape
    Lozzar Landscapeover 3 years ago

    Truly wonderful.

  • Thank you, Lorraine. This scene is very dear to me. Not only does it represent a special moment, but reminds me of a miniature handmade scene my Grandma Clara displayed each Christmas. It was among her treasured family gifts from Germany, where her parents were born.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    What a lovely shopping scene, the architecture is amazing and it’s a great clear focused shot!

  • Thanks, Joanne. That was such a magical night.

    – Deborah Downes

  • queenofcups
    queenofcupsover 3 years ago

  • Wow! Two of my photos featured on the same day. Thanks so much, Jacqui.

    – Deborah Downes

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