Ti Amo, Italia (Part 2)

Hello dolls!

 

I hope my first post about my European adventure whetted your appetite for more. So, without further ado, let’s continue my Great Italian Travelogue!

 

Milan, Italy

 

After my unforgettable visit to the Italian Riviera (read more about it here *link*), my friends and I headed over to the beautiful city of Milan.

 

Milan – a fast-paced Italian city that is more modern compared to the old world charm of Ferrara, Florence and Cinque Terre. Milan is home to the world famous Milan Cathedral and the opulent Sforza Castle. It is where you can view most of Leonardo da Vinci’s artworks.

 

Dolls, a stop in Milan is a must especially for art enthusiasts. I must admit that I am not an art expert but seeing and immersing myself in classical art has tapped a well-spring of inspiration within me. I hope I can translate it soon through new designs of KANDI Treats bags!

 

Shopping is an activity that Milan offers tourists because, hello, it is a major fashion capital of the world. Is it expensive? A bit, but Italian quality craftsmanship does not come cheap, dolls! But instead of buying tourist souvenirs, why not reward yourself with a luxury item that will sweep you off your feet? Trust me, it is worth it.

 

Basilica cattedrale metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary)
                Basilica cattedrale metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente                                     (Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary)

 

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Milan Cathedral
                                                     Milan Cathedral

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Mall housed in a glass-covered 19th-century arcade)
                                        Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II                                                                             (Mall housed in a glass-covered 19th-century arcade)

 

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                                        Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II                                                                         (Mall housed in a glass-covered 19th-century arcade)

 

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Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle)
                       The massive and impressive Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle)

 

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                                                          Navigli Canal

 

 

Venice, Italy

 

Raise your hand if you’re a romantic at heart! If you are, then don’t miss out on the lovely, floating city of Venice.

 

You know, when I was younger, I used to dream of visiting Venice. There is something about riding a gondola during sunset that made my little girl heart beat with so much love. So dolls, imagine my excitement when I set foot on the water taxi and making a childhood dream come true! (The funny thing is I felt like a little girl all over again!)

 

Here is a Kathy Herrera Travel Tip: Plan your adventures with well-traveled and research-obsessed friends. My friends taught me that Venice is actually situated on a group of 117 small islands which are separated by canals, popularly known as Venetian Lagoon.   These small islands are connected by bridges that actually add to the charm and beauty of the city. Before my friends and I actually headed to Venice, we stopped by two popular islands, Murano and Burano.

 

Murano has seven smaller islands connected by bridges and separated by eight channels. There, I discovered that the place is well-known for glassmaking hence the term Murano glass! I found Murano a great place to shop for souvenirs – my nieces and friends will surely love the Murano glass pendants I gave them!

 

Murano Island
Murano Island

 

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Murano glass artwork
Murano glass artwork

 

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Burano, with its brightly colored homes, is such a sight to behold. If you want Instagram-worthy and Pinterest-pinnable photos, Burano is your place. Dolls, even the clotheslines complement the home exteriors!

 

If you find yourself in Burano, make sure to dine in Riva Rosa, one of Michelin Guide’s 2016 Restaurants of note. Their risotto and frito misto are to die for. Just thinking about them makes me want to hop on a plane and order a plate! (Okay, two plates.)

 

The very picturesque Burano island
The very picturesque Burano island

 

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One of 2016's Michelin Guide restaurants
One of 2016’s Michelin Guide restaurants

 

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Dolls, not all travel adventures go according to plan. After a very satisfying lunch and ample time for snapshots with my friends, we hopped on a water taxi and headed for Venice.

 

As I was boarding the water taxi, my mobile phone accidentally slipped off my purse and sank in one of the Venetian canals! As my mobile phone descended into Italy’s waters, thousands of things crossed my mind. Chief among them is how I will communicate with my family as I have one more week in Europe. Also, I kept thinking of the hundreds of photos I tool with my mobile phone. Is this how Venice is gonna welcome me?

 

Thank God for friends who know you very, very well. In my state of gloom and confusion, they attempted to cheer me up by bringing me to a Chinese restaurant – comfort food at its finest. While it did not restore my glee, it did make me feel a bit better.

 

Towards the end of the day, I still felt defeated and decided to head home and rest. As the water taxi traversed the Grand Canal, Venice unveiled one of the most beautiful sunsets I have witnessed in my life. To describe it as picturesque is an understatement. The sky’s yellows and pinks unfolding before my eyes, along with the cool gentle breeze, left me in awe of God’s magnificence.

 

Dolls, at that moment, I knew what the word awesome was meant to describe. It’s for something that leave you in awe – and the Venetian sunset reinvigorated my spirit that a mobile phone can be replaced, but enjoying life’s moments is a gift to yourself that you have to take. I took that moment, immersed myself in gratitude and realized that I truly have so much to be thankful for. Now that was a proper Venetian welcome.

 

Venezia
Venezia

 

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Thank you, dolls, for trying to cheer me up :p
Thank you, dolls, for cheering me up :p

 

Basilica si San Marco
Basilica si San Marco

 

Intricate and magnificent details
Intricate and magnificent details

 

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My unforgettable and pretty pink Venetian sunset.

 

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Thank you to my talented and very dependable friend, Paolo Porquez, for all the beautiful photos. :)

 

More of my Italian rendezvous on my next post, dolls!

 

 

Love and light,

Kathy

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