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Oh Hotel Danieli.  You were so good to us.  I’ve been to Venice five times since 2004.  I stayed on the mainland (when I was a poor college student). I’ve stayed at the Hilton twice (with my mom and later with my husband).  I stayed at the JW Marriott on Isole della Rose (on my honeymoon).  Nothing even came close to our stay at the Hotel Danieli.

I wish we had stayed at the Hotel Danieli on our honeymoon.

But then the theme of Italy 2017 wouldn’t have been The Rooms with All the views, so maybe there’s a reason we didn’t?

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Hotel Danieli – Arrival

We arrived in Venice via train around 2:00 in the afternoon.  Typically, we’ve grab a water taxi to our hotels, so my husband wanted to try the vaperetto.  We grabbed the 2 and settled in for the 40 minute ride to San Zaccaria.  From there, it was a short walk to the Hotel Danieli.  I headed to reception and my husband handled the bags with the porters, who were so welcoming.

Once I finished check in, we were escorted upstairs and over to the newer building, where we grabbed an elevator up to our floor.  We had been upgraded to a lagoon view room (Room 376).  You couldn’t tell a difference between the buildings – both are decorated in similar dramatic styles.

Our luggage was delivered efficiently and promptly.

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Hotel Danieli – The Room

The first thing I noticed was the plush red curtains.  It was romantic, luxurious, and it almost felt like we were stepping back in time.  The wood floors, the mirrors, and the deep hues of the room had a certain mystery about them.  I could imagine getting ready for Carnivale in this room – mask and all.

Then, I stepped out on to our terrace.

And I never wanted to leave.

It had a table and chairs, a privacy wall, a retractable shade, and it overlooked the lagoon.  (We actually ended up picking up stuff from the grocery store and having dinner outside on our first night.  We also enjoyed wine out here on subsequent nights.)

The marble bathroom had a deep tub, a rain head shower, and the European standard half wall to keep water in.  It looked a lot like the bathroom at the St. Regis Florence.  Water pressure was fantastic.  We had no issue with hot water.

The bed is the most comfortable one I can remember in Venice.  We were able to cool our room down with the thermostat in the room, which was nice. (The Hilton hadn’t turned on the AC when were visiting in April last year.)

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Hotel Danieli – Service

I sent laundry out when we arrived.  The prices weren’t as high as you would have expected.  It was close to what I pay a quality dry cleaner in the United States.  My husband wanted to make sure we got it back quickly, so I dropped the bag off downstairs.  They were less than impressed and said that the room would have been fine.  Whoops.

I never went upstairs for breakfast, but my husband did.  He was disappointed that I wouldn’t go with him.  He said the views were amazing and the food was incredible.  I will rectify this next time.

Housekeeping and turndown service were unobtrusive.  We did have them service the room while we enjoyed the terrace one evening.  The truffles they leave in the evening are delicious.

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Hotel Danieli – The Location

We chose the Hotel Danieli because we wanted to be able to stay out late and enjoy the cafe culture of San Marco.  We also wanted to be able to get up early and experience San Marco without all the tourists.  The Hotel Danieli certainly delivered in that aspect.  This is as close to the Doges Palace as you can stay without being IN the Doges Palace.  It’s quite remarkable.

On our previous trips to Venice, we booked evening tours of Venice, but we never quite made it because the tour didn’t start until 9:45pm and we were always concerned about being able to make it back to our hotel.  Staying at the Hotel Danieli made this so much easier.  We were able to go to dinner, head back to the hotel to relax, and then walk down to San Marco a mere minutes before our tour.

One evening, we were able to take a late night gondola ride through the canals (magical!).  And still, another evening, we were able to stay in San Marco and listen to the dueling orchestras until our hearts were content (or until I had taken enough pictures).

Staying on the island and in Venice proper afforded us a lot of magical moments that we had not been able to take advantage of by staying further out.  The Hotel Danieli was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Now, the question is – do we go back for our anniversary in September?!

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For more Venice Tips & Tricks:

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My first thought yesterday was “June?  Already?!”  It’s funny because at times it feels like this year has flown by.  Other times, it feels like it has gone so very slow.

The last few weeks have been hard.  In my struggle, however, I have found a resolve and resoluteness that I didn’t know I had.

When we’re young, we’re taught that the person who raises their hand first or makes it to the front of the line is the leader.  As we grow older, leadership extends to how well we can manage our sphere of influence.  How many people can we get to vote for us?

We are never taught the value of quiet leadership.

The power of introverted leadership.  (Susan Cain wrote a book about this.  It’s still on my shelf.  Summer reading?)

What I’ve learned is that leadership doesn’t have to be any of those things.  You have the power to dictate change without being the first to raise your hand.  Sometimes you don’t even have to speak up.  You can dictate change through your actions.  Through your expectations.

Leadership doesn’t have to be at the front of the line.  While it’s nice to be recognized for your efforts, most leadership comes from the middle.  I do a PD session on this, actually.  How you need to be comfortable leading from the middle – because that’s where most people are – somewhere in the middle.  Only one person can be at the front.  How do you influence those around you?

Have you ever stopped to watch a line of elementary school children go by?  When the leader’s back is turned, it’s up to the ones in the middle that set the expectation.

It can go one of two ways.

It can always go one of two ways.

And then that sphere of influence… how are you going to use it?  Are you going to be a dictator?  Do you say “Do as I say but not as I do?”  Will you lead by example?

Are you going to leave the impression that you will walk through fire for those you seek to influence?

That’s me.

I’ll walk through fire for you because I believe in what we’re doing here.  You won’t see me demand that you find people with the hose.  I’ll simply grab the hose and get to work.

Because our neighbor’s house is on fire.

P I N I T

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It’s raining.

I want to believe that the city of Dallas is mourning with me.  Crying with me.  But they’re not.  At least not where I am right now.

This morning I woke up to news that we lost one of the members of the David W. Carter Class of 2017.  He was shot.  And killed.  On his graduation day.  He won’t use his football scholarship.  His life – his beautiful life – is tragically over far too soon.

My heart is breaking.  My head is screaming.  And yet, all I can do is cry.

There’s no chance to “pay his mom back in 4 more years” as he posted a mere 3 weeks ago on twitter.

It’s not just the shooting that stokes a fire within me though.

It’s his friends.

The one who say, “This city is getting crazy, we have to get out of here ASAP.”

The ones who say, “All he ever talked about was trying to move his mama out of the hood.”

The ones who say, “Another Dallas football player shot and killed.”

The ones who say, “Lord, I ask for you to watch over me and my loved ones and my brothers while we try to fulfill our dreams.”


Their fear reminds me of the fear I felt for them last July.

That I had to get them out of here as fast as I could, but I couldn’t.

That I couldn’t save them fast enough.

This.

This is why I’m crazy.

This is why I want to change the world.

Because there are people in my community who are counting on it. Because they have dreams like I did – but because of the zip code they were born into – it’s much, much, much harder for the to reach them.

This.

This is what inequity looks like.

To our David W. Carter High School Class of 2017, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I will continue to fight for you.

All of you.

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For more Riomaggiore Postcard Photos:

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