My supposed four-star hotel, Albergo All Angelo, may have been a complete disappointment but on the plus side, walking to and from the crummy establishment to the city hub, Piazza San Marco, a few short steps away required us to pass some of the most exclusive designer stores just outside the square perimeter. Naturally, this would mean that I would give in to temptation eventually and it was just a matter of deciding which shop to swipe my credit card at.
I decided to delay spending any money until I had done some of the more touristy activities with my family without the inconvenience of holding onto shopping bags for these would have just hindered my walk through the crowded alleys to the Rialto Bridge and taken up space on a packed gondola which could only seat six people as a legal limit. I was the odd seventh member and since I had experienced gondola rides at least four times during the day and night, summer and winter, I decided to sit this one out and chilled with the gondoliers on a wooden bench under a shaded area instead. Handsome and tall, Diego was a strappy gent who skillfully rowed my family past Casanova’s residence to the Grand Canal and back to the water’s edge at Zacharia.
Back at San Marco, I finally fell victim to the Pollini store where stunning shoes were calling my name. In desperate need of a classic black pair ideal for wear to the office, I chose a patent sling-back pair in practical black. It has a medium-sized heel and the closed-toe means I can skip painting my toenails 🙂 My next, more ‘for fun’ pair was a ravishing red snakeskin beauty with a hidden plateau. It’s a closed-toe sling-back shoe that will look smoking HOT with skinny jeans and cocktail dresses.
Satisfied with my gorgeous purchases in-hand, I met the rest of my family back in San Marco’s square where we took a table amid the romantic setting of lights dotting the monumental buildings while orchestras took turns to serenade the crowds who follow their instrumental tunes. A perfect ending to a perfect day…