Thursday, October 4, 2012


The Grand Canal in Venice
Buongiorno everyone! I am off for a vacation with my husband and his sister and her husband. We are going to Italy for a litle over a week. I am very excited. I have been to Italy twice before, but with the exception of Venice, we will be seeing lots of new places. Italy is quite large to travel and our first trip we saw Rome, Naples, Capri, Positano, Florence and Venice.

The second time we visited Italy, which was with a large family group, we did Rome again, then went up to Santa Margherita ( where we saw Rod Stewart. He was getting married there!) and then stayed in Tuscany, and finished up the trip in Venice.

This time we will fly non stop into Venice, and travel to Verona for a few days, then onto Bellagio which is on Lake Como, and then come back to Venice for a few days before we leave.

Rod Stewart in Santa Margherita, Italy
Don't forget me while I'm gone. I will check in when I get back. Wish me luck with sticking to my eating plan. Forget the two glasses of wine each day. We all know that isn't going to happen!

Sending you all love and hugs!


Our first stop, Hotel Villa del Quar, in Verona.
Yes those are vineyards. Looking forward to some great wines!

Hotel Belvedere Bellagio
We will be spending three nights at the Hotel Belvedere in the town of Bellagio on Lake Como.
George Clooney has a house here. Maybe we'll stop by for a drink on the patio!

I love Venice!!
We stayed at the Hotel Colombina on our last trip to Venice, and we will finish up our trip here again. You have to arrive by boat. The main lobby entrance is between the blue and white poles. There really are no streets in Venice, and everything, trash, police, taxis use boat transportation.


  1. So it IS called Bellagio! Love that place and all of the little shops and restaurants on Bellagio. Went to one little place there and had the best wine and sandwich! Maybe it was the ambiance that made the food taste so good, but either way it was memorable. Have a blast! I'm sure the weather will be so much nicer in Oct. than it was in August (waaayyy too hot)when we went.
    Carey :)
    PS-Have a nice Pinot Grigio or 2 or 3 for me.

  2. How exciting!! Have a great time, I wish you safe travels :)

  3. Safe travels to all. Looking forward to seeing pictures and reading stories when you return. It looks beautiful!

  4. All your pictures look so beautiful and I wish I was going too. Have a great time - take lots of pictures - and don't forget about US too...Big Hug and be SAFE :-)

  5. Pattie have a fabulous trip! Thanks for sharing the pictures of all of the beautiful places you'll be visiting! My husband took me to Venice for my 50th and we stayed at the romantic and charming Hotel Columbina! Wishing you lovely weather and safe travels!

  6. What a beautiful trip. Thanks for sharing and welcome home.