Tuesday, March 1, 2022


Tales of the Traveling Tote

 Welcome to another adventure of The Tales of the Traveling Tote. This is where my fellow Tales of the Traveling Tote friends and I share our latest travels, projects and our most current events. You will have an opportunity to visit other members at the end of this post and learn about our giveaway. 


Today, I am sharing a past trip to Venice. 

First, let's think about the people of Ukraine


Pray for Peace

Love and support for the people of Ukraine


Venice, Italy

 The Carnival of Venice for 2022 began on Saturday, February 12 and ends today, Tuesday, March 1. Carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, which is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. A world-famous festival know for its elaborate masks and costumes. Since we haven't traveled before Covid I am going to the archives for photos from a previous post from one of our trips to Italy. With a little help and fun from BeFunky, Miss Courtney joins us on this fabulous trip to Italy for the Venizia Carnival.

We traveled by train from Rome to Venice. Jim is standing on a bridge over the Grand Canal before we hopped on a vaporetto, a water bus to St. Mark's Square.

Our hotel was located on Piazza
 San Marco. My sister stayed here on her trip and highly recommended the hotel. When I called for reservations I mentioned this and on our arrival we received a beautiful welcome basket from the management. How nice was that! 

Outside our window was St. Mark's Basilica. 

  I loved hearing the bells chime

The masks and costumes were stunning!

Well, you know I couldn't go to Venice and not take a Gondola ride!

Meet my Gondolier, Marco. After this trip he appeared on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.
Marco was very charming!

Under the Bridge of Sighs

When we checked out of our hotel an escort was provided to the water taxi to get to the Vaporetto for our ride back to the train station. Then it was back to Rome

This was a short trip and good excuse to return one day. Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.

Now for our Giveaway

As always, The Traveling Tote girls want to thank you for following along with our travel adventures. For a chance to win this MacKenzie-Childs luggage tag just leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. I will contact the winner for your mailing address. Thank you and good luck!


I hope you will visit my Tale of the Traveling Tote friends for more fun adventures.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Cherry Kay and Carrie and Hall @ Entertaining Women


Please join us for our next Tales of the Traveling Tote post and giveaway

June 1, 2022 


  1. What a fabulous opportunity to be able to go to Rome and Venice, and during a time with this relevant celebration! Those costumes are amazing. Your photo with Marco int he gondola is absolutely priceless! Happy March, Emily! May peace be with us and pandemic be gone, I pray.

  2. Oh, this brought back fabulous memories for me. Venice was one of our favorite cities and we spent a few days exploring, enjoying the vaporetto during the day and at night, too! Your hotel room reminded me of ours, so unique and pretty. I would love to return some day!

  3. Good morning, Emily. I so enjoyed seeing Venice through your camera lens. It is one of my all time favorite destinations. We have journeyed their twice and hopefully we will return one day. Your hotel looks fabulous!

  4. Oh Emily, what a dream trip! Venice and Rome, how beautiful and romantic, that hotel, wowza, your room looks like it's in a palace! My husband hated to travel so I haven't been to Europe and love to armchair travel with my adventurous friends~ the Carnival costumes and masks are amazing! Thank you for hosting our giveaway and enjoy the pretty weather this week!

  5. What a wonderful experience seeing all the great costumes and being able tp enjoy their Carnival.
    I love how all you ladies just find the most interesting tings to share with your readers.
    I always get inspired on places to travel to.

  6. What a wonderful experience seeing all the great costumes and being able tp enjoy their Carnival.
    I love how all you ladies just find the most interesting tings to share with your readers.
    I always get inspired on places to travel to.

  7. i enjoyed your travels. CC

  8. Wow, love your travel. How special to travel to Rome and then Venice. So many wonderful photos. We want to visit. Love the colorful masks and the gondola ride would be heavenly. Thank you for taking me on this fabulous virtual tour.

  9. Emily, what fun to see your photos from the Venice trip. Venice is still on my travel list. Hopefully one day! It's special to look back on these amazing trips. I know you appreciate all your fabulous adventures abroad.

  10. Thank you for sharing your visits to Rome and Venice! I would love to visit both of those places, Emily. At least I was able to travel through your photos. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Thank you for sharing "Mardi Gras" in Venice. We need to plan on that next year.

  12. Oh, how I would love to be in Venice for that festival. It must have been fantastic. I love your chick pulling the egg cart. That is the cutest Easter decoration ever. I came over from Rita's blog and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't have wanted to miss learning about the Bridge of Sighs. What a great name. It's so poetic that it takes one's imagination to a place of all sorts of fantastic impressions. Thank you for the MacKenzie-Child's give-away post. Reading your blog was an enjoyable thing to do on this dark late-winter afternoon. I no longer have a URL but my email is foxandfinch at A O L

  13. Oh, Emily, this is a glorious adventure for you all. Venice is still on my bucket list, and to be there during the festival takes it over the top! I was late to the party this quarter, but I am finally up and posted. Come visit me. CherryKay

  14. Emily, I enjoyed seeing your trip to Venice through your photos. I can't wait to show Joe as he loved Venice so much. It would be wonderful if we could visit Venice again while you and Jim are there. Your Gondolier Marco looks very charming! Ours was not LOL.

  15. What a fabulous trip. That bed is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing your fun adventures!

  16. Coucou Emily, merveilleux ce séjour à Venise ! J'ai adoré te suivre dans ton escapade en gondole, quelle chance et vraiment cet hôtel est à recommander, magnifique.
    Superbes également les photos de costumes et masques vénitiens, merci beaucoup du partage. Sur mon blog, hier, une petite mise en scène carnaval !
    Bon mois de Mars, gros bisous.

  17. How exciting to be in Venice during Carnival. The costumes are so elaborate and it was exciting I am sure.
    I love seeing your travel posts and I felt as if I were there again. Your hotel was in a fabulous location.
    Praying for Ukraine.

  18. Well, I'm thrilled you went into your archives because I've never been to Venice but one of my favorite mystery series (Donna Leon's Brunetti mysteries) is set there and so this will help me visualize. And what a wonderful trip you had. This looks like it was during Carnivale. Wow -- what perfect timing. Did you see the Hallmark movie "The Wedding Veil: Legacy" that was on last week? Set in Venice! Don't worry -- it will be seen again-and again-and again!

  19. Thank you for your beautiful tour of Venice! I enjoyed seeing all the Carnivale scenes. Simply lovely!




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