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Monday, May 3, 2010

An extra week in Italy

I never really paid any attention to the news the whole time I was in Italy. I sort of heard about the volcano in Iceland, but I was truly shocked on Saturday night when I found out that the airports were closed and that I would not be leaving Sunday morning.

Thank god I did not book this trip on my own and the travel agency stepped up to take care of the re-booking of my flight home. If left to my own devices, I'm quite sure that I would still be in Italy today, and rather than having a fun, relaxing week, I would have been just as miserable as the people stuck in airports.

So, we were told that the airports would open on Wednesday, and that our hotel would keep our room until then, so I was pretty excited about my three extra days.

April 18th
First order of business was to return to a store in town that had a leather bag I'd been eying earlier in the week, but was afraid to commit to, in case I found something better later on. Which I hadn't, and was actually bumming about missing my chance to get it.

So, slouchy suede bag for €35 became mine.


The rest of the day was spent exploring all the fun alleways of shops in Garda and relaxing by the lake.

Another day in Garda!

Lace cammi TJMaxx - Grey top TJMaxx - Jeans Kohls - Black sneakers Converse - Bag Avon - Sunglasses Simply Vera - Scarf TJMaxx - Coat Vertigo Paris

April 19th
We decided to walk to some of the other towns along the lake, and stopped in Bardolino
Vine covered walls

It was such a beautiful day, almost 80 degrees and so bright and sunny!

Bardolino

And I was maybe a tad overdressed...

Floral skirt TJMaxx - Red cardigan Free People - Yellow scarf Market in Italy - Black sneakers Converse - Denim Military Jacket NY&Co. - Sunglasses Simply Vera - Bag Avon - Earrings Kohl's 

Streets of Bardolino


April 20th
Bread Bike

What I thought would be my last day...

Garda, lakeside at night

and my last night.

But then I found out we still had no flight. Only we no longer could stay at our hotel!

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Lace cammi TJMaxx - Skirt Desigual - Jacket H&M - Gold Wedges Onex - Earrings Gift - Bag Avon

A new hotel was booked, sight unseen.

April 21st
We left our hotel by the lake and set out to our new one, the Poiano. Our luggage was shuttled over, but we walked. I don't know why we walked - it was a five minute drive and we should have just taken a cab. Instead we traveled through some neighboroods that weren't too nice and began to get really worried about the hotel. I was having visions of some flee bag motel and was staring to get upset -- but then we go there.

First day at Poiano

Dress Simply Vera - Gold wedges Onex - Scarf Taken for Granite - Bag Avon - Earrings Taken for Granite

It was this absolutely gorgeous resort.

With this awesome pool.

Pool at Poiano

And I was feeling a whole lot better.

View from Poiano

April 22nd
The next few days were relaxation bliss, lying out poolside during the day, enjoying the karaoke piano player in the evening at the bar...

New Italian Dress

Dress Market in Italy - Sandals Naturalizer - Belt Gap - Swimsuit DKNY

I was quite content.

April 23rd
When the open air market was lake side again, we took the shuttle, and I bought the sandals that you already know about.

Waiting for the shuttle

Top Macys - Jeans Kohl's - Sandals Naturalizer - Scarf American Eagle - Coat Vertigo Paris - earrings Taken for Granite

It seemed like I was going to be in Italy forever, and I decided I was okay with that.

April 24th
But, all good things must come to an end, and I found out I finally had a flight home on Sunday.

Last day in Italy

Top DKNY - Skirt TJMaxx - Denim Military jacket NY&Co. - Sandals Steve Madden (borrowed from my sister) - Earrings Market in Verona - Bag Avon

I hope I get to go back soon.

Ahhhh and that is it! Sorry for the long post, but I think one whole week of Italy posts is enough! Italy was awesome, and I'm glad I got to share it with you!

15 comments:

Marie said...

Lovely lovely lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing them.:D

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Kristin said...

There are definitely worse things than extra time in Italy!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I have loved reading about your trip and what a bonus for you.

WildBirdVintage said...

I really loved all your posts on Italy! Thanks for sharing :)

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Nicola-x said...

Ooh lovely photos! Italy looks lovely!! So lucky for your extra time there so jelous!!!

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Audrey J. said...

Super cute outfits and seems like you had an amazing time even with the flight cancelled. Lucky you for the trip :)

wonderfelle.com said...

I can think of many things that would be much worse than an extra week in italy :) I love seeing these pics of your trip recap!

hannah said...

looks like a fun extra week! i love your simply vera dress so much :-)

Emilie said...

Great pics! I enjoyed reading about your trip in Italy!

Romany said...

Hi gorgeous! Sounds like a fabulous trip, filled with some fabulous fashion! It's like something from a movie, really. No need to apologise for the length, it's wonderful - it's like you've brought us on your trip with you.
And thanks as always for your sweet comments, sugar. :)
Romany
xx

chaoskontrolowany said...

Awesome photos:)

Moosette said...

I dont think I would have minded being stuck in Italy! Love the leather bag you bought!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Waao!!! All the pictures are soo beautiful! Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and you look so chic in all your outfits :)

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Jessica said...

Fate definitely intervened so you could go back for that gorgeous bag. It looks so, so soft in the photo. And that Italian dress - oh my goodness! So perfect for summer and so flattering on you!

I'm thrilled that your second hotel was so beautiful. I bet the stress melted away quickly!