Ornate 4: Extravagance, Indulgence

Self’s niece, Irene, treated her to a day trip to Venice. We got off at Ferravia, opposite the beautiful Santa Lucia church, took a vaporetto to San Marco Square, and spent the rest of the day exploring adjacent shops. Mama mia, the luxury! The Asian women throwing their money around!

Self and her niece were often mistaken for Chinese. Which earned us A+ service in all the stores, including Prada, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, etc.

Handbag Detail: Either Gucci or Prada, Venice

Handbag Detail: Either Gucci or Prada. The handbag costs a measly $1,500, a real bargain!

Mannequin's Hand: Prada or Gucci or Ferragamo, Not Sure Which

Mannequin’s Hand: Prada or Gucci or Ferragamo, Not Sure Which

And then we had late lunch at Café Florian on the square. What an opulent dining room, self is sure dear blog readers will agree:

Café Florian, San Marco Square

Café Florian, San Marco Square

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ornate 3: Everything is Ornate

Still in Florence, still searching for the “ornate” as self goes through the city.

The restaurant interiors, the piazzas, the palaces: everything, the whole Italian sensibility, is ornate.

And self loves it. She loves the ornate.

La Falterona, a homey restaurant on via Zannoni

La Falterona, a homey restaurant on via Zannoni. Niece and self ate there twice.

Sunday Night: Piazza della Signoria

Sunday Night: Piazza della Signoria

One Day in Venice: Self in Front of the Doge's Palace in San Marco Square

One Day in Venice: Self in Front of the Doge’s Palace in San Marco Square

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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