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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Venice with friends.

Hi there,
Back from a super weekend in Venice, just about getting back to normal now.



We hit Venice on Friday around lunch time after an early flight departure from Stanstead Airport.
I could say that was when the fun and laughter started, but I'd be lying because as soon as we met up with our four best friends the laughter started!!

Laughing about Snapchat - if you've never looked at this app I suggest you do - it's hilarious as you can see by our faces!  Videos of distorted facial features and high pitched voices - enough said.😂!


We were picked up in our private transfer & whisked away to alight our private water taxi - such an impressive way to meet this beautiful city, passing through narrow water ways, under magnificent bridges, spying waterside cafes and restaurants.  Marvelling at the stunning buildings, the architecture, the domes and the towers that spread across the skyline.


Soon we were speeding across to the Lido & our Hotel Helvetia where we were spending the next three nights.



A quieter destination which at one end has a gorgeous beach.  We stopped there for a bit - deciding to have a little snack & to quench our thirst.  Taking in not only the prosecco, but the ambience and surroundings - this journey had finally come to fruition, it had taken five years of planning (& persuading) now we were actually here!



The sunsets over Venice were simply stunning, the vivacious colours of blue, purple, red, orange and yellow were awesome - leaving memories that will stay etched in my mind forever 💞💞.......


Saturday was filled with sightseeing, stopping for food and drinks, all with lots of laughter.  I have to say it was very busy through the streets, with a mixture of people from all nationalities around us.
I also spotted stacks of platform walkways in the alleyways and squares - I'd heard that Venice had flooded but assumed it was a joke - clearly not!
Early evening we made out way back to the hotel to get changed and head out to eat on the Lido.
The food was typical of Italy, pizza, pasta & meat, we were spoilt for choice - but between us we all had a taste of nearly everything on the menu!


My Roman originals jersey dress fitted in well with my trip, non-crease (always a bonus) & warm enough for the slight chill in the air.  My white denim jacket was just right for the whole weekend - it goes with anything.  Love this abstract pattern in these transitional colours, & it was a flattering fit too.  I'm going to be looking out for a similar style for Winter.




Sunday morning and again we visited Venice by Water Bus - which is quite an experience!  Hopping on and off the boat to the jetty with undulating waves was a feat in it's self.  All managing to get aboard in one piece. They were packed to the brim with locals and sightseers, it's such a great way to see Venice from a boat.

Another lovely meal on Sunday night in the Hotel Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, one of the best on the island - so you can imagine how wonderful that meal was.
The hotel was full of ornate furniture, paintings and old pictures, the lights were elegant and big! Everything about the Hotel was stunning.  We dined on Steak with dauphinoise  potatoes ( sorry no photos I ate it too quickly!) Finishing the meal with apple pie and cream. Washed down with the obvious! Prosecco of course.
I wore my Next jersey dress that I took away to L'Escala earlier this year.  It's one of those dresses that fits like a glove making you feel at ease in it.  The colour navy suits most people and the length is great for a classic, sophisticated look.  Paired with white accessories, I felt great in it. X





Monday arrived way too quickly and it was time to return home.  Sad to leave, but happy to see the family.  So Venice will be a memory to look back on, but maybe the first of many trips aboard with our friends.



I bought this pretty bead necklace as a little reminder of my weekend in Venice city, however it wasn't from the shop in the pictured above - that shop window had items displayed that didn't have price tags attached ..... I'll say no more!!!!

I'd like to send a big "Thank You" to my hubby and four friends for making my second trip to Venice a very memorable one.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll be back again on Monday.

Until then it's be great re-living Venice - if you've never been it's one to check out for sure.

Bye ... X





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  1. What an amazing weekend break. I loved Venice 50 years ago and I've fallen in love with it all over again from your great shots. And with many travel companions, you didn't struggle to find a photographer! Great to see you lovely ladies enjoying yourselves and looking gorgeous in your outfits. Hugs, x.

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    1. We really did have a fantastic time Mary, came and went far to quickly though! Yes we have an abundance of photos, so plenty of choice. x

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  2. Ohh Jacqui Venice is wonderfull. Last time we where there in november 2010 and it 's raining the whole day.
    Thank you for this little trip. This necklace is amazing:)
    XO Tina

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    1. We were very lucky with our weather - but we also do when we're together! Same you visited in the rain, more time for beverage stops though! x

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  3. Oh Jacqui, what a great trip! I feel a little bit like I got to tag along. And your outfits! All so pretty. I really love the white top in the feature photo. Thanks so much for sharing with us. P.S. I just gave my almost- identical white jacket away, and now I am sorry!

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    1. Glad you could share this - I aim to please. x Thanks for your lovely comments and yes that's such a shame - I'll be doing a post on mine - it's a funny story. x

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  4. Oh what a great weekend! I have never been to Venice! Not even to Italy! You brought back home a beautiful necklace.

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    1. It's a fabulous place to visit & Venice along with so many other destination in Italy are simply stunning! Love the necklace, but I have to add I did by two!! I couldn't resist! x

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  5. Oh wow, what a great trip Jacqui. Looks like lots of fun. Hehe snap chat is so much fun :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing at Creative Monday:)

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    2. It really was a great trip and I wish we were still there. You're welcome Claire, thanks for hosting. x

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  6. OMG Jacqui, these photos are so gorgeous and you all look so beautiful!Venice is at the top of my travel bucket list! I wish I were there..I'm sure you had a great time there!
    xoxo
    Claudia

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    1. You are so kind Claudia, it sure is a place to visit and well worth it! Good luck I hope you manage to go there one day. x

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  7. How absolutely lovely! You all look beautiful in your black dresses.

    Carrie
    astylishfit.com

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  8. What a fabulous time, Jacqui!! You are lucky to be so close to so many wonderful countries!! And how fun to share it with friends!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes I often think we are very lucky having Europe on our door-step! We bumped into a couple from the states who were traveling round Italy, which is also a great idea. x We all had a fantastic time Jodie - thanks for stopping by. x

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  9. Wow this just looks like an amazing time! Such a pretty town and how fun to get to do it with friends!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Ruth - kind words. x

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  10. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This looks like you had great fun. You look stunning in the white blue dress

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    1. You're very welcome Nicole, thanks for your kind comments. x

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  11. What a lovely post Jacqui! I adore Venice and loved to see you in your glamorous outfits against that beautiful backdrop. Yes, maybe over too quickly, but you can always plan for the next time...

    Have a great weekend!
    Anna x

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    1. Many thanks Anna, it was a stunning city to visit but yes I can't wait to plan another trip! x

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  12. Lovely pics Jacqui and you and your friends looked so elegant! I had a brief holiday in Lido di Jesolo a few years ago and had a couple of days in Venice. Beautiful place.

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    1. Thank you Gail, I'll let them know they'll be chuffed. Beautiful place isn't it, so pleased to visit again. x

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  13. What a wonderful trip! Venice is on my must see list. Loved all your outfits!

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    1. It's a place you must see if you get a chance, thanks for stopping by and leaving lovely comments Lana. x

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  14. Looks like a super weekend Jacqui. My daughter and I exchange Snapchats every morning! xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. It really was Laurie, so pleased to re-visit with my friends. Yes me and the girls send them all the time, such a fun way to keep in touch. x Thanks for stopping by. x

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  15. How cool! Sounds like so much fun! You all look great!

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

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    1. Edwige, thanks for stopping by, we have an amazing time, and can't wait to go away again. x

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  16. What an awesome trip!!! That white tunic is darling and I love Snapchat!!! Have a great week! XO

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    1. Lisa, thanks for your lovely comments, glad you agree with me on the snapchat app. x Have a great week. x

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  17. Looks like you all had so much fun! Venice is such a pretty city!

    <3 Shannon

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    1. It really was a fabulous trip, so pleased to take our friends there. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  18. wow, that sun set! i hope to be able to take a pic like that when we are there next spring. love that you did a girls trip.
    b

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    1. Stunning isn't it? So pleased I've got the photo of it to look back on - we made some fabulous memories. thanks for stopping by. x

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