Author: Lauren Bowman

The Venice Saga: A trip down Gondola lane

Typically when I think about Venice, I imagine a romantic sunset ride in a gondola with a man rowing and singing Luciano Pavarotti in his masculine operatic voice:  Te voglio bene assaie ma tanto tanto bene sai (I love you very much very very much, you know). This picture is one the most iconic of Venice attractions.  Each year hundreds of couples get engaged while sailing through these beautiful canal streets.  But there is so much more to the gondola than simply romance and opera.  The gondola itself is a form of art, passed down from generation to generation. The...

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Top 5 reasons to have a wedding on Hilton Head Island

Recently, I attended a gorgeous wedding on a sailboat at Hilton Head Island.  The whole experience was just fab!  The views, the food, and the company pulled off simple elegance in the best way possible.  For a relaxing, yet chic wedding, these are the top 5 things to look for! #5:  Plenty of accommodations A destination must have a variety of hotels to choose from to accommodate those out of town guests. For this particular wedding, guests were located at three hotels, each one providing a little different experience for the guests.  The bride and groom stayed at a luxury...

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Venice – The Bridge of Sighs

I stood in Venice on the Bridge of Sighs, a palace and a prison on each hand. I saw from out the wave her structures rise As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand –Lord Byron The Bridge of Sighs is a beautiful limestone structure standing between the Doge Palace and New Prison. The bridge hangs ominously over the Rio di Palazzo with sculptures staring down at the waters with faces of anguish and despair. This architectural ingenuity was created to connect the interrogation rooms located within the Doge Palace and the criminal quarters inside the prison. This bridge...

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