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Good morning, my favorite Goalgetters – it’s time for summer goals with me and Steph!  This is going to be our last seasonal goal linkup for awhile.  Steph is trying to keep with life with a shore house and I’m trying to just keep up.  I look forward to following everyone’s progress though!  Link up and share your summer goals, summer bucket lists, and to do lists.  Let’s make this summer productive!

 

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Summer Goals

  • Plan a short getaway – This has become an imperative after the beating I’ve been through in the past few weeks.
  • Staycation – This will probably happen in tandem with the preparation for principal’s presentation.  I’m so overdue for pool time.
  • Finish editing Europe 2017 pictures – I’m actually further along on this than I usually am, so I just need to power through.
  • Rock out Principal’s Presentation

Spring Goals Recap

  • [Win!  I’ve updated some stuff and I’ve been working on some blog reorganizing!] Reformat, refocus, repurpose and reorganize older blog content.  I’ve been going through some of the really old stuff on my blog, and I want to update it.
  • [Win but Fail.  I tried to save the drive, but it couldn’t be saved… then I promptly implemented a home back-up system!]  Try to troubleshoot the hard drive with our December 2016 Europe photos on it before spending the big bucks to save it.
  • [Fail.  I’ve done Rome.  I just need to do Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.  L.O.L.] – Create a book from our April 2016 adventures…. now that all the photos are edited!
  • [Mostly done.]  Finish off the so-close-to-being-done home office.
  • [Fail.]  Figure out the next big home organizing project.
  • [Fail.  Life has been hard.]  Give the good things some brain space.  This week has been rough when it comes to college admissions decisions… but there are some great things, too.

 

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  • Rachel - Oooh these are good goals. I need to have a digital sort out, my photos are everywhere. I haven’t made any photobooks ever so I’d like to start doing that before the backlog is insurmountable. As it is it’s pretty significant… Anyway good luck in your goals and I hope work quietens down a bit so you can achieve some outside-work things!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - You had a good mix of wins and losses last season. Love staycations and little getaways when I’m not planning a big trip!!ReplyCancel

  • Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... - I like the simplicity of your summer goals. I did that, too. Have a great summer!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - I love that you’re wanting to do a staycation! Sometimes those are exactly the little breaks that you need in order to stay sane! And I know what you mean about being behind on photobooks! I’m still trying to catch up from 2015! Hopefully we can knock some of that out this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - You definitely need a getaway and a staycation so I hope you get both of those things done. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • pinky - Staycation and a get away. Sounds awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - Yay for trip planning and staycations, both are so good for the soul! Can’t wait to see the rest of your Europe pictures <3
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  • Ashley - Such great summer goals! I want to plan a fun staycation too!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Coats - Great goals!! I need to get my summer goals written down since it is officially summer now, ha! Have a great weekend! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SMD - I love staycation. That is essentially what every shore moment is for me.ReplyCancel

  • Bri @ My Life As - I love a good staycation. Good luck with your goals!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis - Fun goals lined up for Summer and I’m sure they’ll be easier to achieve that some of the Spring goals! Have a great weekend girlie!

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For more Venetian Island Postcard Photos (plus tips & tricks):

 honeymoon in venice, hotel danieli, best tours in venice

venice postcard photos – 2015, venice postcard photos – 2016

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  • Pinky - Girl, these are so gorgeous. We were only in Venice for a very short time on our trip, basically a stop where we met our cruise ship. So we didn’t get to see it in all it’s glory. These are magnificent.ReplyCancel

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  • Setarra - Oh man, I’ve always wanted to go to Venice and ride a gondola! Hopefully one day sooooon. Venice seems like such a photogenic city, love your photos Sara!ReplyCancel

After three consecutive visits, I think I have a pretty good idea of the best tours in Venice!  Whether you’re a first time or returning visitor, there’s always something new to see.

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you book one of these tours.  I only recommend tours I have personal experience with.

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Best Tours in Venice – Venice by Night Walking Tour

We booked and missed this tour twice due to transportation issues.  (This is why the Hotel Danieli was SO perfect for this trip!)  Third time is the charm, right??  Hands down, this is one of the best tours in Venice.  We were the only people signed up on the tour, and Andrea did an incredible job tailoring the tour to areas we had not explored on previous trips.  We learned about Venetian doge history, the origin of casinos, explored the Castello Sestieri (district), and ended near San Marco.  Andrea was a fantastic guide, and we really enjoyed exploring an area of Venice that we haven’t spent much time visiting.  Everyone needs to spend more time exploring Venice in off-peak hours and this is a great introduction to why its such a magical city at night!

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Best Tours in Venice – Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

This was one of the first tours we took on our honeymoon in Venice, and it is one of my favorites.  We opted for the early evening tour. It started at the Accademia, wandered through Dorsoduro, and ended with a shared gondola ride during blue hour. A shared gondola ride may not be the most romantic, but this a great way to have the experience on a budget!

My husband and I both love the Dorsoduro Sestieri – it seems very liveable.  There’s a large promenade overlooking Guidecca, beautiful canalside walks, and many galleries and museums.  Our favorite restaurant, Da Gianni, is also in Dorsoduro, as is my favorite gelato shop, Nico’s.  (Try the bacio.  I love the bacio.)

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Best Tours in Venice – Venetian Island Tour

I visited Murano on my first two trips to Venice (2004, 2010), but I don’t think I “saw” Murano.  Individual vaperetto tickets are 7.50 euro each, so a tour including Murano, Burano and Torcello seemed like a great deal!  Our tour was delayed by 40 minutes, so our times were a little abbreviated but it was still a great introduction to the Venetian islands!

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Murano – 35 minutes

We arrived at Ducale and were ushered in for a glassblowing demonstration.  The prices in the showroom didn’t seem too bad, but we wanted to explore the island instead.  There are several churches with Byzantine influence on the island, so I would encourage you to skip the glass, too.  If you’re going to Murano for glass, another one of our tour guides warned us that the mark up is 20-30% on Murano, so negotiate!

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Burano – 40 minutes

As soon as you step off the boats in Burano, you’re greeted by lace shops galore.  Again, we skipped the shopping and headed off on a walk through the island to enjoy all the brightly colored houses.  We found cheap gelato for 1.50 euro, but it was the worst gelato ever – no flavor, icy, and the cone was of the boxed variety.  I didn’t even finish it.

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Torcello – 50 minutes

This was my favorite Venetian island!  From the boat dock, there’s a 10 minute walk to the more populated area.  It’s so serene and completely different from Murano and Burano.  The best part, however, is the oldest Byzantine church.  There are no photos allowed inside, but it’s 100% worth visiting.  Make sure you get the audio guide.  It was possible to complete it in the 50 minutes, but I could have easily stayed there longer.  It’s incredible.

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For more on the Best Tours in Venice (and tips + tricks):

 honeymoon in venice, hotel danieli, best tours in venice

venice postcard photos – 2015, venice postcard photos – 2016

venetian island postcard photos

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April adventures included a Hilton Head wedding for my sweet friend Amanda!  She and Jay married on the beach at sunset followed by an intimate reception at Crave.  Since today is her birthday, I thought I’d share some of the dreamy pictures from her Hilton Head wedding!

Her mom MADE her dress to replicate one that she fell in love with online.  Yes.  Her mom MADE that dress.  Amazing, right?  She also added sparkles to my dress.  I bought a sample from A Bridal Closet (the Stardust Bridal outlet) for $35 and had it altered down to my size!  Win of the century!

I was honored to be Amanda’s matron of honor and join her sister as part of the bridal party.  Jay’s best friend and his son were best man and groomsman.  One of her best friends from college officiated the ceremony.  Allie, her best friend since first grade, made the trip with two of her young children.  Her nieces were the sweetest flower girls.  Her dad played the saxophone for their first dance.

All photos by Hilleary Photography.

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  • Amanda Elizabeth - Meet at the Barre - Wow!!!! These pictures are absolutely dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - It looks like such a beautiful wedding, especially being on the beach! I can’t believe that her mom made her dress! It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Elizabeth - Her mom MADE that dress?!? Insane! Beautiful bride and you look gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - Beautiful! I hope you loved HHI 🙂 My favorite place.ReplyCancel

  • Pinky - Such beautiful pictures, you look gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • SMD - Her mom made that dress? Good lord. Gorgeous!

    Everything about this is gorgeous. congratulations to them!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - I can’t believe her Mum made that dress! The woman has serious talent. If she hadn’t already considered it, she should start her own business making dresses – and she could use your photos as marketing shots! Glad you all had a beautiful day, it looks like a good’unReplyCancel

  • Heather - Absolutely gorgeous and I love her colors!! I love knowing people that can still sew incredible pieces like that. I have a dress my grandmother made for me and I will treasure it forever.ReplyCancel

For more Vernazza Postcard Photos:

manarola cinque terre postcard photos – 2016, manarola postcard photos 2017,

riomaggiore postcard photos – 2017riomaggiore cinque terre postcard photos – 2016

cinque terre hike photos – 2016, corniglia postcard photos – 2017

monterroso al mare cinque terre postcard photos – 2016, monterosso al mare postcard photos – 2017

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For more Vernazza Tips + Tricks:

cinque terre trip planning, best place to stay in cinque terre

making pesto in cinque terre, wine tasting tour in cinque terre

best gelato in cinque terre, best restaurants in cinque terre

why you need to stay in cinque terre

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