Sunday, October 30, 2011


Hello, Dear Ones! I have come down with an upper respiratory infection and have been as sick as a dog! Been on meds and have had bad side effects! I've just been a mess. But I did want to share with you the final few days of our trip - Venice!

We flew from Houston to Venice and that is where we boarded our cruise ship. Mr. Precious and I decided before we left that after our cruise was over we would spend a few days in Venice since we had never been here before.

Oh, what a lovely olden place. Looks like a city floating on the water. Well, I guess it is! :)

Canals run all through the city. Here you can see everyone's little boats parked just waiting for them to take a ride.

Now we're Hilton folks. We love them and have stayed in them all over the world. Mr. Precious found this Hilton for us...right on the Grand Canal! As you can see, it's not your regular variety! :)

How fortunate for us ~ they had their own water taxi for us ~ free of charge to take us across the Grand Canal to other areas. This in itself was fun for me. Don't take too much to make this gal happy!

Little sites around the city! See that boat in the bottom left hand corner? Well...

this was the boat that took us to Murano to see the glass factory! I was like a little kid and kept poking my tiny head out the back window and snapping our journey! The water was so beautiful!

When we got to the glass factory, of course I had Reba and was just snapping away. The guide came up to me and said I wasn't allowed to snap pictures because everything was copyrighted. Oops! :) Those are gorgeous chandies, aren't they? Now don't go out and copycat these! :)

Here is where all the magnificent glass pieces are made. This family has been making Murano glass for years and years. This young man was demonstrating his technique on making a tiny glass horse. See the snap with the fire? Well, when the horse was finished he laid a little slip of paper on it and it went up in blazes it was so hot! Glad I didn't try to touch it! :)

This charming Italian lady used her charm and finesse trying to sell us some glass pieces. It worked and we fell for it! :)

These three beautiful pieces are on their tiny way to Galveston! Mr. Precious bought these for me. They are so delicate and beautiful! I will treasure them forever! I feel a tablescape coming on! :)

Here is a mosaic of St. Mark's Basilica, one of the most famous churches in Venice. They were doing some upkeep on it and there were canvas and cranes everywhere. There weren't many areas inside where I was allowed to snap. But I did what I could. Do you see me snapping for you in the bathroom of the basilica? Oh, what I do for you, Dear Ones! :)

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade. Masquerade! Hide your face, so the world will never fine you...oh, I just can't help myself! I get carried away sometimes. :) Aren't they cute?

Shopping! One of the things we ladies do best! :) No, I didn't buy that mask but I know I would have looked just so gorgeous in it! Well, you wouldn't be seeing my most gorgeous face would you, so maybe I wouldn't look so gorgeous...hmmm...looks a bit heavy to hold anyway! You know I'm teasing. :)

I got such a kick out of walking around seeing all of the laundry hanging out of the windows. It made me very thankful for my dryer!

The gondolas! Don't you just think of these when you think of Venice? They were gorgeous too! So fancy. I didn't realize they were all fancied up like this! Now I know it's awful, but we did not ride in one! I guess the retirement mode has set in. Although I am certainly not of retirement age yet, just wanted you to know that. Mr. Precious robbed the cradle when he married me! :) There I go getting side tracked again. Well for about a 30 minute ride it cost over $100 and we just didn't do it. I would rather have spent the money on a little gift to hold in my most dainty fingers! :) I did! Just sayin'...

Hope you've enjoyed seeing our Venice trip. We walked and walked and then had to walk back ~ my tiny knees almost fell off! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Mambo Italiano

A girl went back to Napoli
Because she missed the scenery
The native dances and the charming songs
But wait a minute, something's wrong
Hey, mambo! Mambo italiano!
Hey, mambo! Mambo italiano
Go, go, go you mixed up sicialiano
All you calabraise-a do the mambo like a crazy with a
Hey mambo, don't wanna tarantella
Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella
Hey mambo! Mambo italiano!
Try an enchilada with da fish a bac a lab and then a
Hey goombah, I love a how you dance a rhumbah
But take a some advice paisano
Learn how to mambo
If you gonna be a square
You ain't a gonna go nowhere
Hey mambo! mambo italiano!
Hey mambo! mambo italiano!
Go, go, Joe, shake like a Giovanno
Hello kess-a-deetch-a you getta happy in the feets a
When you mambo italiano
Shake-a Baby shake-a cause i love a when you take a me
Mama say "stop-a or I'm gonna go to papa"
And a hey ja drool you don't a have to go to school
Just make-a wid da beat bambino
It's a like a vino
Kid you good a lookin' but you don't a-know what's cookin' till you
Hey mambo, Mambo italiano
Hey mambo, Mambo italiano
Ho, ho, ho, you mixed up Siciliano
it's a so delish a ev'rybody come copisha
How to mambo italianoooooo!
'Ats nice!
~ sung by Rosemary Clooney


  1. Oh Sheila, what a trip! I have always wanted to go to Venice and someday will get there. Do they really hang there laundry like that? Looked kinda cool though. Gorgeous pictures, thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi, Shelia,
    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. I always couldn't figure out how they built those building on the water. :) Glad you got to go. I wouldn't have paid that much either.

  3. My daughter went there a few years ago and said it was her favorite place of all. Loved what he bought for you..and the chandies, the everyday life pictures...what an amazing place!!! :D

  4. I have really enjoyed seeing your wonderful vacations photos Sheila. You are so lucky to be in such a romantic and beautiful place with your dear hubby! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. I sure do hope that you feel better soon, though, so please take care of yourself and keep resting!

    Best wishes,

  5. Ahhhhhh, Venice!! Did you get to St. Marks early enough to witness the feeding of the pidgeons??? When I was there, they spread the bird seed out in a pattern and when the clock strikes the hour, then the birds swoop down to feed and then you can see the pattern....they spelled out Coke a Cola, very neat!!!

    Sorry you are sick, get lotsa rest, you know the drill!! Enjoyed these pics oh, so much, thank you!!! Also did not take the gondola ride, but did buy some pretty glass what your hubby bought are both very lucky!!! hugs...cleo

  6. I totally love these pics of Venice, Italy! I am so thrilled Mr. Precious bought you the absolutely gorgeous, no make that Gorgeous! glass figurines, they are more than Gorgeous I don't even have a word for them. I cannot wait to see them in your house, a tablescape! Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us, and I hope you feel better very soon. Try to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and call me in the morning :)

  7. I totally love these pics of Venice, Italy! I am so thrilled Mr. Precious bought you the absolutely gorgeous, no make that Gorgeous! glass figurines, they are more than Gorgeous I don't even have a word for them. I cannot wait to see them in your house, a tablescape! Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us, and I hope you feel better very soon. Try to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and call me in the morning :)

  8. YOur pictures are just fantastic. Such a wonderful trip. I am so happy you had such a great time. I also hope you get to feeing better soon. I will keep you in prayer. Hugs, Marty

  9. Oh you've filled my eyes with more gorgeous scenery! It looks like a very romantic magical city. I don't blame you for not wanting to spend so much on a 30 min boat ride. That probably doesn't even include the tip! Your glass objects are very pretty. I bet you can't wait to receive them. Hope you start feeling better soon. You probably got run down from your trip. That has happened to me before.

  10. I haven't been to Venice, but my son brought me back a piece of Murano glass which I love. Hope you feel better soon. Sally

  11. I love the Murano pieces that Mr. Precious bought for you. I loved Venice, one of my best highlights was the gondola ride. I don't remember what it cost 20 years ago, I don't think $100!!! Feel better soon. xo

  12. Lovely photos of your trip to Venice looks like a fun place so much water. You were so right, makes one glad to have a dryer seeing the laundry hanging out of windows. Trish

  13. Yes, Venice is an awesome place to visit. The Murano factory is one spectacular place to see ... we so love Murano, but seeing it in person is the best ever. So glad you had such a grand visit, Shelia. You truly captured it in your pictures. Such a romantic city filled with beauty & sights it is hard to take it all in ... your memories will forever will you with joys.

    I am so sorry you are sick, & hope that you recoup quickly, my friend.

    BOO-T-ful Halloween wishes ~

  14. What gorgeous photos of such a romantic and scenic place. Thanks for taking me along!

  15. Oh, Shelia...your pictures have me convinced that Venice is a place I have to see. And hubs and I, too, love the Hilton hotels, this one is magnificent. So are all of your pictures and those glass figurines...can't wait to see them displayed in your home!!


  16. First of all I hope you feel MUCH better SOON!!!! Get your rest. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pictures! I agree about the gondola ride, would much rather HAVE something to remember the trip. It all looks so wonderful. I DID notice the bathroom snap:):) XO, pinky

  17. Hope you feel better soon!

    Venice was one of the favorite places I visited while in Italy. I would go back their in a second! I loved everything about it.

  18. Shelia...what a trip!!! I would have come back penniless because I would have wanted everything in the Murano glass factory. That's where there first made those fab Venetian Glass mirrors, right? And you got to see it in person!!! Awesome! I'm so glad you sneaked (snuck?) a pic or two before they caught ya. They don't want you giving away their trade secrets. ;) Welcome back!

  19. Know wonder you call him Mr. Precious! Your trip to Venice and the cruise sound divine! Your pictures are just beautiful. I have been, but they certainly make me long for another trip! I'll be anxious to see more pictures.

    Thank you so much for taking me along to Venice and for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  20. What a trip, Shelia. Your beautiful glass gifts will look great in your lovely home.
    I'm sure glad you made it home before you got sick! Get well soon.

  21. Looks like you had an absolutely fantastic time! Hope you're feeling better soon.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. I sure hope you're feeling better soon. I love your pictures! They are absolutely beautiful. Are you going to frame some of them for display in your home? What a wonderful trip you had. I could never tire of seeing your pictures of the places you visited. Keep 'em coming and get well soon!

  23. Oh, the thrill of being in Venice! Love all of your photographs, they are fabulous! Seeing Venice through your eyes is awesome! We were some time back and it sure does bring back memories!

    I'm so sorry you are a sickie! Poor darling! Take care, drink water till you slosh! Sending you that little healing angel.


  24. I ADORE the Murano glass pieces Mr. Precious bought for you !!!!!!
    Bathroom snap in the basilica -- haaaaaaa... only you Shiela !!

  25. Looks like you had wonderful time! Great pictures, thanks for sharing, Laura Cottage and Broome

  26. Wow! That was a trip of a lifetime Sheila! I just got caught up on your last few posts and it sounds like you had an absolutely incredible time. Venice looks just magical and I hope to make it there someday. Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us at Inspiration Friday!

  27. I am just so jealous, I can't stand it. What a beautiful trip. Thanks for taking me along, even if it i only in pictures. Love it all. The glass especially. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  28. Shelia, what a bummer to be sick after such a fantastic vacation. Take your meds and obey the doctor's orders and you will be making a gorgeous tablescape with that gift from Mr. Precious, before you know it.------Shannon

  29. Hi Sheila, What a wonderful trip! I was blogstocking the other day when I saw your other pics...they were wonderful. I was looking forward to seeing Venice! I have actually been there before. It was on a 9th grade art trip, so it's been a while! I do remember it well though...all those good looking italian guys! Opps! I was supposed to be looking at the scenery! lol...I guess I should bave paid more attention, but I do remember the gondolas and neat old buildings. It was a fun trip! Actually, I did meat a boy there named Dominico, we wrote back and forth for a few years...I still have his letters in italian and wonder what in the world they say! lol...I did try to translate them, but I think I finally gave up and just quit writing! Ha! Your trip brought back some memories...I don't think I could have paid $100 to ride in a gondola either.

    Thanks for your nice compliment on my spooky wreath! I will definitely do a tutorial on adding the mesh ribbon to trees. If you looked back through my Christmas posts, there might be one, not sure. Have a great Saturday! Kristen

  30. What a beautiful city! Have really enjoyed your pictures and commentary on your trip! And the Murano (sp?) pieces are beautiful! Can't wait to see your tablescape to highlight them!

    Hope you are feeling better real soon!!! :)

  31. Picture Perfect!!!

    Happy for you and thanks for sharing---

    beachside cottage

  32. Venice is my most FAVORITE place in the world! I would love to go back some day.....and we DID ride a gondola :)

    My daughter just got married and Venice was our inspiration for the decor. Check it out

  33. So sorry you've been under the weather. Thank you for taking us on a tour of Venice. Can't wait to see your beautiful glass pieces in your home decor. Feel better soon!


  34. Oh, you lucky, lucky girl! What a dreamy trip, I would just love to go there one day. The flowers on the balconies and all the water, even the laundry had romance all over it - how gorgeous and charming!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely snaps. I hope you feel better soon!

  35. What a beautiful trip! Your photos are excellent and show so many things that you saw. I enjoyed your post very much. I'm sorry you are not feeling well and hope the meds soon do their trick. Blessings and hugs, Pamela

  36. What wonderful memories of an enchanting place! Take care, my friend - and get well. Please!

  37. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    I am SO sorry you aren't feeling well...that you have an infection. I hope the medication will help you get better soon. That isn't a nice way to end a vacation.

    Your pictures are wonderful. The clothes lines across the buildings are so interesting. I can't wait to see where you put the special pieces you purchased.

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us...lovely memories...

    have a wonderful evening

  38. Shelia,
    Now dear friend, you please take care of yourself and get well. I'm ordering chicken soup for you and am sure Mr. Precious will see that you get some soon!
    Your photos of Venice are gorgeous! The smiles on Mr. Precious and your faces tell the story as well as the photos!
    The snapshot of the laundry brought back memories of our years living in Germany. There they threw the feather matresses out the window to air every morning!
    Do get well soon, dear!

  39. What a magnificent trip you have
    Venice.... Land of Dreams ... And I am so happy that you share all that with us... really enjoying the trip...
    Happy if you come to see me at
    with love from

  40. Hope you are better by now, Shelia. I am waaaayyy behind on visits! Thanks so much for sticking with me.:-)

    Happy Halloween!

  41. Shelia, you took some fabulous pics. I have been to Venice and love beautiful! My fav is the laundry - so European - so charming! Hope you feel better soon! Linda

  42. Shelia,

    Your pictures are inspiring! They gave me goose bumps.

    Thank you for sharing them with us.

    I hope you feel better soon!


  43. Popping back in to check on you & make sure you are coming along better, Shelia.

    Take good care, my friend.
    TTFN ~

  44. So sorry you've been under the weather, Shelia. I have enjoyed looking at all of your pics! What a fun, FUN trip!




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