Monday, January 2, 2012

Venetian New Year

We're back from our European holiday in sunny, (too warm!) LA and massively jet lagged. It feels like we haven't slept in days, but we're trying our hardest to stay awake and go to bed at a reasonable hour so we just may sleep through the night. Le mari took some amazing photographs of Venice.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Oscar running through an alley, scaring off the pigeons.
Our favorite restaurant we stumbled upon. This pasta was tossed in the cheese wheel - it was so, so good. 
 These lovely sights are at every turn, it is so hard not to photograph everything. 
Although is the most touristy thing to do, yes, we took a gondola ride at Oscar's begging. But we were so happy we did. It's such a lovely and peaceful (once you're off the Grand Canal) way to see the city.
These taxi boats are the sexiest taxis in all the world. Never thought you'd here those two words together, huh? Sexy and Taxi. Go to Venice.
We discovered a small leather goods company called Officine 904. One of the owners, Omar, who I'm talking to in this picture was interesting - he makes bags out of Italian leather in Italy, we make bags out of Italian leather in LA - it's a very different endeavor. He was excited that our one Italian store is Luisa Via Roma, because he said it was one of, if not the best store to be sold at in Italy. Yay. We just shipped them, so hopefully it will do well. 
I also drooled over some better known Veneta leather goods stores...of this one in particular, I can't help it, I'm a huge fan.
This was the candy stand at the market on the square outside our apartment. I liked the lettering. Oscar liked the goods.
I love the way the red stands out on this dreary Grand Canal picture. It looks like a painting.
Oscar's look pretty much sums it up for all of us: we were in awe of this beautiful city with such a rich and complicated history it seems it would take years and years of study to understand the how and why of it all. 


Yoanna said...

Hi Clare,

Such beautiful photos! I have been following your blog since I bought your beautiful pochette, which makes me so happy each time I take it out of my bag. Your blog inspires me and fuels my creativity. Thank you for sharing.

Happy New Year!


Emmy said...

Beautiful pictures!! I miss Venice and I can't wait to go back!
Oscar is sooo cute!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing, I'd love to do the same trip! Marie

D said...

Wow luv these pics!:)

jora said...

I love this post! Especially the first photo :-) Happy New Year!

caitlin said...

that last photograph summed it up nicely. great post.

Megan Taylor said...

What a wonderful city!!!

amelia said...

it's all so beautiful!! absolutely love the shot of Oscar smiling in his giant green coat. said...

Thanks for posting this - I have not been to Venice, sadly, when I still lived in Europe. Now, from the West Coast, it seems sooo far away - yet, I am definitely planning to visit it! Gorgeous town -- and I love the little Italian bag shop you've discovered. Hopefully you'll do great in yur Italian retail location! Cheers--

Heather Taylor said...

these are truly inspiring. what a way to ring in 2012! it's going to be a great year, I know it!

thisiswhati'dwear said...

Gosh, these are stunning photos!!! :) What a beautiful holiday you must have had!


Natalie (Fashion Intel) said...

Pasta in a cheese wheel? I'm dying!