Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Home from Italy…a couple of days in Venice

As you can imagine…I have several hundred photos from my recent trip to Italy! As one of my friends put it while following my posts on Facebook…”there is no way to take a bad photo in Italy”…I agree!
I flew to Milan, Italy with my friend Jackie to attend the Salone de Mobile International Interior Design Expo…and to do a little sight seeing of course! There is just too much to share in one post…so today I will share a few shots of our trip to Venice.
Stepping out of the train station…here is the first thing you see. This is a “pinch me” moment, as it is so beautiful and exciting to actually be in Venice, Italy!
Riding the water taxis on the Grand Canal
Under the Rialto Bridge
Serenissima Hotel…so very charming!
Love the windows and shutters in our room
the colors of Venice are stunning!
exploring the city…
Live in Venice? Why yes…I would LOVE to!
UPS Delivery day…via boat of course!
Piazza San Marco…me and the birds!
We had the most perfect weather…the sky was a shade of blue unlike any I have ever seen! We filled the 2 days with walking, walking, eating, drinking, site seeing, shopping, and more walking! I could have definitely stayed a few more days to see more of the city…guess I will just have to plan a return visit. Hopefully soon!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time to Pack my Travel Bag…

This week I am busy getting ready for my trip to Milan, Italy! I will be leaving on Friday morning, so today I am gathering all the necessities for my travel bag.
Itnerary – check.
My friend Jackie typed up our plans for the week…it is going to be amazing! First stop Milan, for the International Interior Design Expo. We are then taking the train to Venice for a couple of days…and hope to take another day trip to Lake Como, and Belaggio.
Magazines – check.
Always good to have a little reading material. I will also bring my i-pad that has several books already loaded. However, nothing beats a good rag mag like People and my all time favorite Vanity Fair!
Travel Pillow – check.
I recently purchased this oh so cute leopard print neck pillow for the 12+ hour flight. I have never used one before. If this helps me get some sleep on the overnight flight I will be happy!
Passport & Euros – check & check.
I will not get very far without either of these!
Umbrella – check.
It is Spring in Italy right now and there is a chance of showers. I bought this little plaid travel umbrella at the Gap several years ago on another trip. It is the perfect size to carry in my bag and will come in handy when needed.
Snack – check.
I like to pack a couple of bars to nibble on. These Nature Valley Salty Sweet Peanut bars are one of my favorites!
Journal & Pen – check.
I will try my best to keep some notes about the trip in this travel size journal. I am not very good about journaling, and always regret it.
i-phone Earbuds – check.
Currently working on my i-tunes library to be sure to have plenty of music for  the plane ride.
Lip Balm, Hair Band, Glasses – check, check, check.
I always have these items in my bag. Not pictured but also included are some hand lotion and travel tissue. These are all necessities for every day!
I will be away for my computer and posting while I am gone. I will do my best to share some photos on Instagram. Follow along here. Looking forward to an amazing week and sharing with you all the details when I return.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Travel State of Mind…

A very stylish vintage travel look from June 1956. Yes, please!
It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. I shared my DIY Sunburst Light project…which I still LOVE every time I walk down my hallway. Now, DIY projects are far from my mind.
world traveler
I am currently in a travel state of mind! I have a couple of trips coming up and wont be DIY’ing or posting much in the next few weeks.  First trip…beautiful, sunny, warm, Palm Springs, CA.
The Aestate: palm springs style
I am so looking forward to traveling to Palm Springs! I have never been before…and have heard such wonderful things about it. This trip will be with my husband, and is hosted by his company, Sherwin Williams Paint. We have some fun activities planned…and lots of rest and relaxation on the itinerary! Details and photos when I return.
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs California
Next destination…Italy! Yes. I am traveling to Italy in April..and I am VERY excited about it!
mailand -Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy ~ via
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy ~ via
On this dream trip, I will be traveling with my friend Jackie Jordan. We are going to Milan for the Salone del Mobile Milano… the international interior design exhibit and fair, featuring the latest in kitchen, bath, furniture, and accessory design. This is the same show that Jackie and I attended in Paris back in January, 2013.
The show is based in Milan, so we will start there. Then plan to travel to Venice and hopefully a day trip to Lake Como.
Bellagio, Lake Como Italy
Bellagio, Lake Como Italy ~ via
Eeek!! Did I say that I am EXCITED!?! I will be sharing snippets of my trips on my Instagram…if you would like to follow along. Full details and lots of photos to come!