Venice, A Love Letter

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Oh Venice, where do I begin? Derek drove us overnight from Positano to Venice, and we arrived just in time for breakfast. There is (of course) no driving in Venice, so we parked our car and walked our luggage to our Hotel. After an overnight drive we were pretty exhausted as you can imagine, and our hotel didn’t have check in until 2pm. We figured we’d inquire with the front desk anyways and made our way to Hotel Moresco soaking in the sights of Venice in the morning before the tourists were awake along the way.

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When we walked into Hotel Moresco it immediately felt like home away from home. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel and delightfully intimate with it’s petite garden and library bar. The hotel’s staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. They took our bags and set us up with a private breakfast in the library. Bacon, pastry, cheese, fruit and of course all the cappuccino we could drink. Before we knew it an hour had passed, and they opened the library doors to take us to our sweet little suite.

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The room was adorable and the most comfortable bed we had layed on in all of Italy. The walk in closet was my particular favorite, so unusual for a smaller hotel but much appreciated. We took long showers, had tea and took a long (much deserved) nap. I woke up from our snooze before Derek, so I decided I would take my time and actually blow out my hair for the first time of our vacation… I suppose I had been giving my hair a vacation as well? Anyways, I put on a plush hotel robe and slippers then blew out my hair. I took my time and did my make up. I grabbed some champagne from the mini bar because I figured, why not? Our last day in Italy! It was so peaceful and quiet and such a luxury because with two little boys at home it’s very rare I get more than 15 minutes to dress myself! When Derek woke up, we left Hotel Moresco in search of caffeine!

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Strolling through the canals and listening to the gondoliers, so cheesy and adorable all at the same time!

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We found the espresso holy grail, Caffé Florian. We lingered and paid their outrageous sitting fee and listened to the classical musicians that we knew our little Emerson would obsess over. This historic spot is worth the hype.

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After a bit more sight seeing, snacking and shopping we popped over to Hotel Bauer where we enjoyed drinks and dinner. This is a must if your in Venice, as the view is perfection and the gondoliers are frequently passing by singing. Magical. A perfect ending to what felt like our second honeymoon. We sat and reflected on our time in Italy, we laughed over busting our asses on slippery rocks in Positano, we day dreamed about more places we’d like to see in this gorgeous country and we made plans to bring the boys back when they are old enough to handle the grueling international flight. I won’t ever forget these moments. Ever.

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We left the Bauer at sundown, enjoyed the cocktail hour back at Hotel Moresco and managed to FaceTime with the littles before turning in for the night. The next morning it was back to Milan, to New York, and finally to Houston to squeeze our sweet sons in person! Even after this incredible vacation, nothing could top reuniting with them. We were so lucky to have the boy’s amazing grandparents providing so much fun, love and care for them while we were away. I’m sure it’s something they will look forward to every summer! Right Nana & Chief?! Ha! Until next time…  Arrivederci Italy!

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Picture Perfect Positano

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If there were ever a cure for the Monday blues, it’s got to be a post on Positano! We arrived on Sunday late afternoon and as we always do, we checked in and freshened up and left to explore. Positano is the most picturesque little beach village. It’s charming, romantic and truly feels like a living post card. We popped into a little bar for some chilled limoncello and then made our way through the shops.

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We picked up some beautiful linen outfits for the boys and a handsome made to measure shirt for Derek. Then we sat down for a beer and called Le Sirenuse for a dinner reservation at their champagne bar.  We lucked into a reservation in half an hour, so we dropped off our purchases and made our way over.

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The view from Le Sirenuse is lovely, and the food was wonderful and my date wasn’t too shabby either.

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All around it was a lovely start to our time in Positano. We stayed at the champagne bar sipping rosé way past our bedtime!

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If you were wondering what Positano looks like at 2am… It’s still beautiful!

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We slept in, grabbed breakfast and put our swimmies on. We had to check out of our hotel, but were able to leave our car in the valet and our luggage stored. With our belonging taken care of we began our care free day in paradise. We went to the cutest little local market and stocked up on beers and Bellini to take on or afternoon boat ride, then hit the beach!

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We swam, we collected sea glass for the boys, we napped… Hard! Ha! Before we knew it, it was time for our boat departure!

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We rented a small boat for just the two of us. We decided on the four hour Amalfi Coast excursion and away we went!

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We took breaks from our cruise to swim in several caves and eventually made our way to Amalfi. We got off the boat in Amalfi to grab some gelato and walk off our drinks! It was just gorgeous.

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We walked over to Hotel Luna Convento, a convent turned hotel to take in the views. It is truly unreal how beautiful the Amalfi coast is!

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We said ciao to Amalfi and got back on the boat where our next stop was a small cove with a waterfall. Derek had been talking about finding a good spot to climb a small cliff and jump, and he decided this was the place… I wasn’t so sure.

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We climbed up, grabbed hands and before I could change my mind… We leaped! I hesitated for a quick second, and when I did I managed to scrape my forearm on some coral. Luckily due to copious Bellini I was feeling no pain! I swam back to the boat thinking Derek was just behind me, only to realize that our jump was just a practice run for him, and that he was making his way up even higher for one more dive. Sometimes I can’t decide if he is 31 or 13, but one thing is certain… He’s fearless!

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We popped into a few more caves after our swim, but stayed on the boat to relax and take in the sights.

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When we made it back to shore, we realized our 4 hour boat ride ended up being 5 hours. Our captain was so great and so fun, he didn’t mention time at all and we were able to just relax and enjoy the ride. After our goodbyes we went back to our hotel to get changed and have dinner. The restaurant at Villa Franca was the best meal we had in Positano. Five stars all the way, a dinner I will never forget.

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When we couldn’t decide on dessert, we opted for them all… Including a gold topped dark chocolate soufflé, otherwise known as the best thing I have EVER eaten.

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We concluded our dinner with espresso, as we were heading out for our most lengthy drive of our entire Italian road trip. Positano to Venice, 7 hours, overnight. Crazy? Absolutely. But we had a choice to make, a night of sleep or a day and night in Venice? We figured we’ll only be this young once and we can always catch up on sleep, it was worth it to us to not miss Venice so away we went… Buona notte Positano!

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