Monday, April 25, 2011

Absolutely Fabulous Venice

When the #1 vaporetto lets you off at the San Marco stop. You are forced to walk down alleyways lined with deluxe shops. "Name, names, names Sweetie-Darling"
Missoni, Pucci, Cavalli.
Bottega Veneto.
You instantly feel the pinch in your purse.
These diamond-encrusted shoes do not have your name on them.
Not mine anyway.
Italianos or touristas?
What's your guess?
This is why I suggest don't bother with the 3 euro cioccolata.
And ante up 9 euros at Caffe Florian.
At least here you can feel like a principessa.
Fortunately gelato is universally democratic for principessas and the rest of us.


  1. Beautiful!
    Caffe Florian is my favorite place on earth.

  2. I love those patterned dresses! I suppose it will be several summers before the trend reaches the middle of nowhere - er, Minnesota - where I live!

  3. I love Missoni dresses!
    You do show case each city really well when focussing on an aspect or two throughout your post. There are so many layers to Venice it is sometimes hard to articulate. I had to write a 7 page poem just to let it all out.

    Another great post!
    Hope you had a great Easter weekend
    The Wanderfull Traveler

  4. You've got me hooked on Donna Leon books now.....they go quite well with your postings lately....thanks for writing about her...i had never heard of any of her books....they are well written.....

  5. Buon giorno, Principessa!
    Davvero sempre bella, la Serenissima!

  6. Justine3:45 PM

    I think the couple is Italian..
    Well certainly the woman is - grey, big gorge bag, the shoes, the hair - very elegante
    The guy - I'm not so sure...

  7. Anna-maria A.3:47 PM

    I LOVE AB FAB!!!
    Perfecto for this post..
    Love that YouTube clip
    BIG merci!!

  8. Great photos, Carol - I love the reflections in the opening shot.
    Venice was the most expensive city in Italy when I visited many years ago - I guess it still is :)
    I wonder how many of those diamond sandals sell?

  9. Megan in Seattle7:24 PM

    Luxury in Venice...
    Is there anything else on offer?
    It is a pricy town indeed.
    Except for the gelato thank Gawd!

  10. Anonymous7:33 PM

    Bonjourno principessa! You gorgeous photos take me back there x

  11. I used to want to go to Paris! Now I want to go to Venice! Wait, why not both?!!
    thanks for the link to the insane dog!

  12. Carol, once again you are summoning up my travel memories.

    Isn't there a lovely old Post Office across the piazza from St Marks? I remember finding some fabulous, anachronistic place to sit and write out post card messages, and then getting beautiful stamps to send those cards across the ocean.


  13. ah, gelato! The cure for all ills. Great photos, Carol.

  14. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Aren't you just loving Venice??? I want to go back someday!!!

  15. Oh my Carol, gelato, that fabulous bag, all of the wondrous sites to see!

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  16. Brava! Principessa Carol!!!

  17. Mmmmh that gelato looks so delicious!!! Very lovely photos.

    Xoxo ♥
    Rocio R.

  18. Great blog. The more I see the beauty and attractions of Venice, the more convinced I am it deserves to be on my bucket list. Meanwhile, am enjoying reading and imagining I am already there. Thanks for posting these. Looking forward to the other places you will be visiting.

  19. Italian tourists!



  20. I like the clothes and other accessories and I also think Venice was the most expensive city in Italy.


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