Pictures from Venice And A Giveaway

Hi everyone!
We have over 700 pictures of our trip we need to get through and organize.  Don’t worry…I don’t intend on turning this into a “my vacation” blog.  I did want to share a few pictures with you today so you know we REALLY were in Venice and Greece.
After we have more pictures ready to share I will add a page to my sidebar so you can take a look if you like.




Venice was as beautiful as it was twenty years ago when we were married there.  The only thing that seemed to have changed is now there are a lot more people and boats!



Mykonos was our favorite stop on this trip.  Steve and I were one of the few off the boat as soon as it docked at 7:00 am.  We wandered through the quite alleys where there were no other tourist and the locals were just sweeping off the streets in front of their homes.  It was so peaceful and beautiful it almost seemed unreal.  The town is famous for it’s beautiful jewelry and I took some time to do some shopping.
I came home with an pretty blue enamel bracelet and earrings that remind me of the color of Mykonos.




We loved Santorini  for the beautiful views and architecture.  I braved the cable car to the top which was shaking and moaning the whole way.  Here I bought some handmade Olive Oil soap for myself, a couple of trinkets for the giveaway and I discovered Cappuccino Freddo which is an iced coffee with a cold milk froth on top…delicious!  
Now for the giveaway. 
I hope you like the things I selected for you on our trip.
The giveaway includes a pretty pouch with silk flowers and a vintage square 32″ linen table scarf both from Venice.  Also included is a bar of pure olive oil soap and a six strand necklace of natural coral, amethyst and turquoise from Santorini.
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment telling me your favorite vacation spot.  For an additional entry help me spread the word by adding the giveaway to your sidebar or FB page.  Be sure and leave a second comment.


The giveaway will end at midnight on 9/22/11 and I will contact the winner the next day.  If you don’t have a blog please make sure and leave your email address so I can contact you should you win.
Good luck to everyone and don’t forget to link up here Wednesday evening for the Open House Party.



134 thoughts on “Pictures from Venice And A Giveaway”

  1. I think of all my trips, which certainly does not compare to your trip, would have to be St. Croix. We use to go every winter to get away from the cold winter for a few days. I love it there.

  2. Sherry,
    I enjoyed looking at your beautiful pics…what a great place to visit. Some of my daughters friends were there during the summer and came back with some great pics too. Sad for her she didn't get to go…her sister had all our money with her wedding:( My favorite trip that I have made in the last 26 years (that's how long I have been married) was to CA..spent 10 days seeing all over that wonderful state.


  3. The pictures are gorgeous both, Venice enchanting and Greece lovely!! you both look so nicely tan and beautiful and so happy to be where you got married years before!! I'd love to be there too, I'm going to have to propose to my hubby! LOL! Thanks so much for the adorable and generous giveaway and for the chance; I've always been your follower as I love your blog! Have fun and lots of hugs. FABBY

  4. I am jealous of your trip; I would love to go to Venice sometime and the Greek Isles always look amazing. My favorite vacation spot ( from our Med cruise in 2009) was Barcelona. I hadn't expected to be impressed by it, but I fell in love. Hope to get back sometime and spend a few days there.

  5. Hi Sherry, and however did you come back? Greece looks beyond stunning. We have been to Italy but not Greece-yet. We prefer cruising to just about anywhere as long as I depart from the USA and no plane is involved. hugs♥O

  6. If you want to relive your trip to Mykonos and Santorini, I suggest you rent the movie "Summer Lovers."

    It came out in 1982, with Daryl Hannah and Peter Gallagher. The plot is thin, but you get to relive the beaches, mopeds and parties in technicolor.

  7. I ve never traveled a lot, but my fav memories are about Paris. This year I visited Florida and I really enjoyed March climate, sea, air and temperature there. thanks
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  8. Welcome back Sherry! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I would love to go there some day.

    My favorite vacation spot is Maui. We went for our honeymoon many years ago and with the kids a few years ago. They keep asking when we're going back. 🙂

    Great giveaway. I'd love to win!


  9. What beautiful pictures, and a thoughtful giveaway! We travel very, very little–and I don't imagine that will change until we have fewer children at home! But the last non-family trip we took was to Island Park/Yellowstone, and I *loved* it. I want to go back in the worst way!

  10. Sherry what an amazing trip. I have been to Italy, not Venice though. Loved Santorini!!

    Your Giveaway is a wonderful selection, the coral necklace, the table cover…


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  11. Oh wow, what beautiful photos of what I'm sure are some of the most gorgeous places on Earth!

    Of all the places I have traveled to, tropical & not, I still love NYC best.

  12. My favorite vacation spot is Washington DC. I was fortunate to visit twice in one year, once in the summer and then nearer to Christmas. I couldn't get enough of the Smithsonian. One of my favorite things that we did was to visit Falls Church, VA and walk around the chapel that was attended by some of our founding fathers. Looking at the grave markers in the cemetery was a spiritual experience I'll never forget.
    I'd love the win the give away. You've chose such lovely things, and I enjoyed your beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Great giveaway! Thank you for your generousity. My favorite vacation had to be Southern France where we rented a beautiful home and had 3 glorious weeks to relax and enjoy the countryside.

  14. Welcome home friend!! What an absolutely incredible trip and you looked so gorgeous in that photo…your hubby is pretty handsome too! 🙂 How sweet to do a giveaway with some of the treasures you brought home. Ok…my favorite vacation spot is a toss up between Maui and the Napa Valley!

  15. sign me up please. Your photos are super Sherry and I love the ones of you and Steve. I loved Venice and Paris and Brugge but my fave place is still my little piece/peace of tranquility at the Outer Banks. xoxo

  16. Welcome home! I think you didn't miss any wild weather or tectonic plates shifting while you were away.

    Your photos are just lovely and you seem to have captured the amazing blue of the Greek sky!

    My favorite vacation spot is southwestern Colorado.

    What lovely give-away goodies. You are too kind!


  17. Hi Sherry,
    I love seeing your photos! We are going to Venice as part of our trip to Italy at the end of the month and your pics have made me crazy with anticipation! A lovely and wonderful giveaway…you need not enter me as I am blessed to be able to travel myself this time! Looking forward to more pics! 🙂

  18. Those are beautiful pictures, Sherry. My guy and I are planning a trip to Italy next year and hadn't thought of going to Greece but I do believe your pictures have changed my mind! I remember that gorgeous scenery from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. My favorite vacation spot is Destin, Florida where the gulf water is this wonderful blue green color and the sand is the whitest I've ever seen. Please enter me in your giveaway. Love that sweet flowered pouch….

  19. Thanks for sharing the great pictures. I have traveled most of the 50 states and just returned from a two week trip to Alaska. It was beautiful so I'll say it was one of my favorites.

  20. Beautiful pictures! My dad took me to Europe for 2 weeks when I was in 10th grade, and I would have to say that has been my favorite vacation ever. We started out in Germany and went all the way down to Italy. We didn't make into Venice, but I sure would have loved that!

  21. Welcome home, Sherry! Your photos of Venice are fantastic. I have not been there since college! My favorite vacation spot is Beaver Creek, Colorado.

    Thanks for hosting such a special giveaway. There is nothing more beautiful in the world than Venetian table linens!

    Ricki Jill

  22. Hello, the pictures you posted are fabulous. I have been to Venice several times, and by far that is my favorite vacation destination. My husband presented me with a new diamond ring on our 25th wedding anniversary right in the middle of St. Mark's Square! Wonderful memories! Susie

  23. Sherry your photos are pretty! I always wanted to go to Venice. I really enjoy Jamaica but would love to go to

    The pouch is gorgeous!! Please enter me in your awesome give away!

  24. Sherry ~ Your pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing you lovely vacation (the lovely parts not the spoiled food parts). My favorite vacation spot is Dauphin Island, Alabama.
    You can contact me at my E-mail: mparker46 (at) Centurylink (dot) net
    Marilyn in Missouri

  25. Such GORGEOUS photos! Wow!! I just love those photos of churches in Greece.

    It's funny–I think my favorite vacation spot is Kiawah Island. But my favorite trips have been to Europe–one to London, one to Paris, and one to Switzerland. I'd love the fact that you were able to take this trip with very little $$ spent. I'm so proud for you!

  26. The pictures are beautiful!! The giveaway is wonderful! Unfortunately I haven't been on a vacation in so many years I can't even remember when or where the last one was!! I did go to Paris thirty one years ago and LOVED it also went to Holland several times and loved it as much as Paris!! Deb

  27. Sherry, your pictures are just gorgeous! I wish I could ask you about every shot. You two are so fortunate to be able to go back to where you were married, in such a beautiful place! Ok, and this is my comment for your very generous giveaway. Such lovely things.

  28. What a fabulous place to vacation – hubby knows it's my dream vacation destination. Your pix made me want to go even more now, but I'll be patient and wait until the time it right.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. To date, my favorite vacation was the time we made a spontaneous weekend trip to the Grand Canyon – we had a blast!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your vacation photos.


  29. Your photos are wonderful…more please…I have never been to Venice but I am hoping to hop on over there from Paris one day…so much better seeing your photos and reading your take on it than looking at travel sites so from my perspective you can't post too many.


  30. My favorite vacation spots are Greece & Paris! Took my kids to Greece this year for spring break & my birthday & had a fabulous time since it wasn't packed with tourists. My entire family loves Paris thanks to my life long infatuation with the city. Glad you had a great time on your travels. Thanks

  31. I have never traveled abroad, but I did go to Long Beach Island, New Jersey this summer and loved it! Next to going somplace for vacation…I can have a vacation every day sitting in my back yard or front yard watching my birds, listening to them sing, and taking pictures of their beauty!

  32. Beautiful photos Sherry. Congratulations on your anniversary, and what a way to celebrate going back to the beautiful city where it began. Jim and I have been to Venice and loved it, but my favorite spot has to be Paris. I love it for so many reasons. Jim's favorite is no doubt Roma, he loves history so this is heaven for him.
    Can't wait for more photos.

    The French Hutch

  33. Oh my word! How lucky you were to go there. I've never been. It's hard to not take a bazillion pictures when you're on a trip of a lifetime! Thanks for sharing. Your pics look amazing.

  34. My favorite vacation spot is Anna Maria Island, Florida — I loved it so much, I moved here 5 years ago and never looked back!

  35. I just love your blog and look at every day. your vacation looks wonderful. We took a cruise, 2 yrs ago, with our daughter and her family and about 20 other extended family members.We stopped 5 places in the it.Carribean. I love your giveaway and would LOVE to win
    Jeanne Bell

  36. Oh Sherry, what beautiful pictures! greece and italy are on my list of places i want to go. Scotland was so far my favorite as I felt I was HOME due to my ancestry. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Your wonderful pix took me on a mini vacation.. So very beautiful. I love the olive oil soap.. My dad used to buy me bars of that dial.. Such a great give a way.. Thx for sharing

  38. Hello Sheri!

    I think you can turn your blog into whatever you want and I think many, many people would love to see your photos.

    I love Venice and have been there many times, I am sure that you had a wonderful time.

    As for favorite vacation spot, too hard to narrow it down, but I will say PAirs, anywhere in Scotland and Italy!

    Sorry to hear about your power outage from the hurricane. In my neck of Virginia we only lost power for two days but even that was too long.

    Thank you for coming to visit my blog. I would be happy to tell you where I found my finds in Virginia. I will find the addresses and email them to you.

  39. Welcome back Sherry! We've missed you! So glad you had a wonderful trip. How fun to go back to where you were married. How romantic!

    My favorite vacation spot, oh that is hard to choose, but I must say I pine for the Rocky Mountains!


  40. What a wonderful trip you had! Many years ago I spent a few days in Venice. Since then I have vacationed in Ireland (twice) and in Hawaii. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite!

  41. I just recently found your blog. I have a little one started…nothing fancy, but I love getting inspired by reading others. What a wonderful gift to be able to travel to Venice and Greece! I would love to go there one day. I haven't been on many vacations in my travels (but my parents were missionaries in Belgium when I was young so living in Europe for a few years was wonderful and I had the chance to travel to Australia and Mexico) but the place I would love to go next is Ireland.

  42. Hi Sherry,
    I love the photos. Yes, Santorini was a favorite place we visited last year for our 50th wedding anniversary. I just became a follower. And my favorite place to date is London, England. I just returned from a trip to England and Scotland in June. Awesome…
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner~I love your blog.

  43. Welcome back,Sherry! It feels wonderful to see these beautiful pictures of Venice and the Greek islands…the colors and the architecture of the buildings is truly amazing… everything looks so relaxing… a perfect vacation spot! I was looking forward to pictures of Santorini… thanks for sharing them with us. Loved your beautiful selection for the giveaway!Have a wonderful week!~Poppy

  44. What absolutely gorgeous pictures. They make me want to escape on a little vacation myself. We always enjoy going to the Keys.

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  45. Wonderful pictures… I loved that picture of yours with white buildings in the background. You looks so graceful and so does the city of Mykonos. I wish I get a chance to visit the place some day!!

  46. Your trip sound fabulous! Beautiful scenery. I would love to take the same trip. Look forward to more pictures.

    My favorite vacation spot is between Paris and Provence. Both were wonderful.

  47. Your giveaway is great. I will post your giveaway on my sidebar. Glad you are safely home. Sorry about your food in the freezer. Please enter me for your giveaway.

  48. Hi Sheri: My favorite vacation trip was Hawaii. Our entire family went. It was a time I will always remember. Your vacation was amazing. I could look at your pictures all day. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks, Martha

  49. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures for I am sure I will never get to travel to such a beautiful place.

    I get so excited when I get to travel to Portland Oregon and Savannah Georgia. I love both cities and getting ready to go to Georgia next month.

    That give a way is so generous of you I hope to win. Also will post on my blog about your give a way

    keep enjoying your trip


  50. Sherry, thank you for stopping by and for letting me know about this fabulous post!!! OMgoodness, you and your hubby were in paradise! Great photos, I cannot believe the blue sky and blue water there!! I am your newest follower, too. xo,

  51. Venice is amazing right? My favorite place is Venice, absolutely loved every minute of my two days stay there 6 years ago. Thanks for sharing the pics and the wonderful giveaway.

  52. What beautiful pictures of your trip. I so want to get to any part Italy or France someday. I would have to say that my favorite trip was to Aruba. I just love the clean blue water of the islands.
    Marianne 🙂

  53. I dream of a vacation like this! Still I enjoyed one of my favorite places in the world…Sanibel Island, FL

    Sweet giveaway and I would be thrilled to win these gorgeous items! Thanks for the chance. Linda

  54. I have seen some of Italy, but it was almost twenty years ago. Right now, if I could go spend a week anywhere, it would be Vermont.

    The photos are breathtaking, Sheri…thank you for sharing them, and for hosting a generous giveaway.

  55. What gorgeous pictures!!!!! Our favorite spot to vacation is Napa Valley. We are saving for a family trip to Ireland in a few years!


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  56. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your beautiful giveaway sweet lady.Im going to post your Button on my blog.I also follower you !! All your photos are georgous. I also love the Country French look. I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  57. Sheri, how lucky you were to go to Italy, I have that on my wishlist! We went to Maui this May and I just loved it! What a beautiful giveaway. Thanks for all the inspiration. Lisa

  58. What gorgeous pictures and how lucky you are to have traveled to such beautiful places. I would to travel some day but so far have not been many places. I did like Hilton Head when I was there many years ago. I would to win your contest.

  59. Great giveaway! Id love to bath with that soap the whole idea is romantic.My most favorite place to visit is local I am afraid Hot Springs Arkansas. So much history and romance.

  60. Love that handsome husband of yours!! These are wonderful photos of what I'm sure was a perfect trip.

    My favorite vacation spot? I'm not picky … I love anywhere with sand and salt water. This fall, we are going to spend Thanksgiving with friends and we're going to Key West. I'm really excited.

  61. Gorgeous pictures of a dream vacation. My dream vacation would be to Paris, France. But for now it is anywhere my family is and I don't have to cook the entire time!
    Great giveaway. thanks Sheri!

  62. Hi Sherry…

    Ohhh my goodness! Sherry, your trip to Venice and Greece was FABULOUS!!! I loved looking through your beautiful photos…the photos of Venice reminding me of our trip there! I have never been to Greece and would LOVE to go! You know, the thing that struck me about Greece was that all the buildings are white! Soooo very beautiful! The one photo that you shared in Mykonos…of the alley way leading downward…was just sooo awesome! I've never seen anything like that! Thank you sooo much for sharing a few of your photos with us…I'm looking forward to seeing more, sweet friend!

    How very sweet and thoughtful of you…to host a gift giveaway for us! Ohhh my…the gifts are lovely and I would love to have them! from Venice and Mykonos…how dreamy! Thank you so much for doing this sweet and generous giveaway for us! You're such a dearheart!!!

    Love ya,

  63. Ooooh those pictures of Venice made me drool it is so beautiful. And Greece sounds mysterious. I love your pretty orange floral top too.

    My favorite place to go is "I don't know" I have never been out of the country unless of course you call being in Southern Florida out of the country. Oh well, maybe someday!

    I do love going to the Smokie Mountains though lol

    The Olive Oil soap looks inviting along with all the other lovely goodies! How kind of you!

  64. Thnk you for sharing the pics of venice i felt like I was there.. my favorite place to vacation is Clearwater Florida the beach is very calming to a hectic week.. and a good time for me and my husband to catch up on things … and the shops has so much creativity going on in them P.S thanks for sharing on the chalk paint 🙂

  65. What amazing photos and fun stuff you brought back! I found this post through art is beauty and I'll never go back! My favorite vacation spot so far since u haven't traveled much has been Maui where we went on our honeymoon. I'm looking forward to a trip to Tuscany, Greece and Paris in a few years though!

  66. Your vacation looks heavenly! My favorite vacation so far has been a toss-up between the Western Caribbean and Hawaii. Warm water scuba diving beats cold water every time!

    I envy you your vacation to Greece and Italy – I have been wanting to go there since I was a little girl! I keep telling myself some day, some day! Thanks for the giveaway; that's very generous of you.


    PS THANKS for the recipe for chalk paint! You rock!!! Even if I don't win, I still won! :7)

  67. hi Sherry, I'm visiting you tonight from WOW. I look forward to your pics on your sidebar. Thanks for sharing some of them on this post. Venice was a great city, we were there during Carnival and we enjoyed getting into the spirit of the festival with masks of our own. We sure didn't look like tourist that trip! Such fun and wonderful memories.

    The French Hutch

  68. Hi! LOVE your pictures and am totally JEALOUS now, thanks, lol. I have never been outside the good ole USA, but my fav vaca spot here is Santa Barbara, CA! I think its about as close as you can get to a European vacation without leaving the states…Thanks for sharing!

  69. This is a DREAM vacation! Just lovely images! My favorite vacation spot growing up was Kitzbuhel, Austria. We would go every Christmas break to ski! I was only 5 when we took our first trip there and I remember the HUGE mountains and the wind on top blowing me backwards! Now, with my husband and children, we love to go to Charleston, SC..the beach, the seafood, the Market and old historic homes…love. This is a wonderful giveaway from such a lovely place! Christie

  70. I'm new to blogging, so the idea to bring back a gift for a giveaway is so cool. The pictures are gorgeous! What colors! I'm following you now, and will add your giveaway to my blog!

  71. The photos from Greece take my break away…the vivid blue sky juxtaposed with the white architecture…amazing mix of man-made with nature!

    My favorite vacation spot is Sunset Beach, NC in the wintertime…long walks, collecting seashells, eating local shrimp and seafood, listening to the sounds of the surf…ahhhh! 🙂

  72. Oh, I just found your vacation pictures. I haven't been to Italy, but my husband and I were treated to a cruise on the Windstar, out of Istanbul,Turkey and then to the Greek isles. It has been 4 years and we both can't get over the beauty and serenity of Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes. I love decorating, art, architecture, and people watching……so needless to say Greece was Wonderful!
    So happy you had a chance to see Greece and Italy. Blessings Paula

  73. Hello! What marvelous and beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing, dear!I don't have a favorite vacation spot because I think it's amazing knowing new places. I'd love to visit Provence and Florence because I love embroideries!Loved everything here! Please enter me and thanks so much for this lovely chance! 😀 Rachel
    Follower's name: Rachel Berault

  74. Oh Sherry,
    THIS is my dream vacation! Italty and Greece. My heart was beating so fast as I was looking at these pictures. I kept telling Troy to come over and look at this picture or that picture and telling him "That's we are going to go!" over and over again. LOL
    Thank you for the chance to win this lovely giveaway. I am a follower!

  75. Your wonderful photos bring back memories of our Mediterranean vacation..13 years ago…I love how much it looks the same. My favorite vacation spot , though, is still Carlsbad, CA.

  76. Your photos are fabulous, Sherry. We travel a lot but funny that we haven't been to Venice and Santorini. I have been to Rome, Milan and other places in Italy and also Athens, Katakolon and Rhodes but not Santorini. My favorite vacation spot is still Paris, I think. I'd like to go back and go to their flea markets….Christine

  77. What lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them. You certainly found some lovely things; that olive soap must smell wonderful.

    Edinburgh in Scotland is my favourite place to go. I took Hubby there the last time we were in the United Kingdom and he loved it.

  78. Your pictures are wonderful and we are planning a trip to Greece soon, so I was loving those. We went to Italy and Turkey last year at this time and I must say Istanbul was a destination I would go to again.

  79. What a treat to see those gorgeous views's cold and rainy here and I can just feel that warm Greek sunshine through your pictures! My favorite vacation spot recently was Seattle WA..never been there until this summer and loved it! Not as exotic as your trip, but hey! If you like to read, you should check Donna Leon's mysteries, set in Venice, and Maeve Binchy (Nights of Rain and Stars, I think) that one's set in Greece…both great reads! Thanks for the great giveaway! Hope to win!

  80. Hi, Sherry. What a wonderful trip to celebrate your anniversary. Looks like a fabulous time. My favorite vacation spot is Paris. 😉 Hope to be there soon!
    ~ Sarah

  81. You could share all 700 with me and I'd be here daily to delight my eyes and take a virtual Trip with you! *winks* Beautiful photographs of a Dream Trip… lucky Gal!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

  82. Poland… Boleslawiec, Poland. The most charming place I have visited although I am considering your trip as my next. 🙂 Much love to you this week.

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