Xo, Venice

After spending several history-tastic days in Florence, we took the Eurostar to Venice, where we arrived at our hotel via water taxi... Eek. I watched my suitcase like a hawk... I swear it was less than an inch from bouncing overboard. Thankfully, the insanely spectacular views were the perfect distraction. For our arrival, I wore my super lightweight and comfy coastal blue top from Bella Dahl

After settling into our hotel we took a charming gondola ride through the canals. Our ride was accompanied by an accordion player and a fabulous singer, who made the ride absolutely surreal and truly unforgettable. 

A major highlight of our trip was visiting one of the cities top mask makers workshop, where Venice's most dramatic and jaw-dropping masks are tediously hand crafted. After learning how to create these intricate masterpieces we were let loose to play dress up with the expensive showpieces. 

To survive the scorching heat, I slipped a scarf I purchased in Florence into my bag and tied it around my waist when we visited St. Mark's Basilica, in order to adhere to their conservative dress code. Once our tour was complete it was back to shorts. :) 

After touring the Murano glass blowing factory (so stinking cool) and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum (I touched a Picasso... twice), we finished the day at the Doge's Palace, where we toured the prison and passed over the famous Bridge of Sighs. 

For the last night, I wore my new prim geo print maxi from Gypsy05, which you can find here. The pastel hues were perfect for the waterside dinner. 

My favorite memory from our Italy trip occurred on our last night in Venice. After a delicious four course meal, Justin and I went for a stroll through St. Mark's Square, where a classic orchestra was playing the endlessly romantic music from Titanic and Phantom of the Opera. As they began to play "I could have danced all night" from the movie "My Fair Lady," Justin and I did exactly that... we danced the night away, under the stars in the middle of St. Mark's Square. It was a moment I'll never forget. 

This truly was a trip of lifetime. Every day was a memorable experience, each day more perfect than the last. I can't wait to start planning our next big adventure... Africa, anyone? :)