I believe in miracles.
I try to change the world every day.
I love my husband, my friends, and my family.
I plan my next great adventure constantly.
I think most occasions call for a dress.
I write what I know and believe.
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!
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.
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!
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.)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.