VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London

VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London | Luxury Trains | My journey across Western Europe continued, after lovely visits to the Amalfi Coast and a brief stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. This time, moving onwards to London, England, aboard the overnight luxury train VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express, with stops in Innsbruk, Paris, Calais and Folkestone. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance through the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite Mountains, Brenner Pass, Swiss Alps and Alberg Pass. If you follow my blog, you might know by now, that I love traveling by train, specially when they offer luxurious experiences like the VSOE. Other recent experiences you might enjoy reading about had been: The Royal Scotsman across Scotland, or the Day Luxury Train Hiram Bingham in Peru, and my absolute favorite, the Eastern-Oriental-Express from Thailand to Singapore.  This is an exceptional train: a time capsule, a dream. A chance to dress up, socialize and relive the golden age of travel. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on #GPSCarlosMeliaLUXURYTRAINS.   Continue reading VSOE Venice Simplon Orient-Express overnight from Venice to London

Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style

Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style | Venice, Italy | My visit to Amalfi Coast came to an end in Ravello. Early morning wake up, and my private car was waiting for at the front of the Belmond Hotel Caruso, to drive me to Naples Train Station to catch my Frecciarossa High-Speed train to my next destination Venice and the crowning jewel among Venice hotels, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. You can also read more tips and recommendations by checking and following me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Italy #GPSCarlosMeliaITALY. Continue reading Transitioning from Amalfi Coast to London via Venice in style

The Westin Regina & Europe

The Westin Europe & Regina by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Westin Regina & Europe  |  Venice, Italy  |  One of my stays while visiting Venice, was The Westin Europe and Regina Hotel. Inside the historic the 17 Century palaces that compose the Hotel, guestrooms and suites are nestled in a setting of relaxed luxury. Outside, the artistic and theatre district surround the Hotel; following Calle XXII Marzo, lined with luxury shops, makes a dramatic entrance to Piazza San Marco. Panoramic water views of Venice from San Giorgio island, across to Pinault’s Punta della Dogana, the beautiful S. M. della Salute Church, and beyond. I loved the location of the property, and of course the stunning panoramic views. I think it is a brilliant location and venue for idilic Venetian Weddings. I had not time nor chance to try any of their dinning venues. Chef Alberto Fol transforms the dining experience at Restaurant La Cusina into an exhilarating rediscovery of traditional dishes from the islands and the mainland. Dine indoors year-round in 3 intimate and welcoming dining areas, characteristic in style and rewarding patrons with unparalleled views across the Grand Canal from large windows and doors. I would define this hotel as a superior four stars hotel.  Continue reading The Westin Regina & Europe

Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva by www.carlosmeliablog.comExploring and Sailing Venice by Riva |  Venice. Italy  |  If there is a perfect way to explore and discover Venice, is by having your own private riva. This is an experience I enjoy very much, and try to do as long as it is available (have done this in the past in Paris along the Seine, Bath, UK on NarrowboatsBangkok, Thailand along the Chao Praya River on luxury rice barges, in Varanasi for the Ganga Arti, Istanbul along the Bosphorus, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to the Islas Marietas… among many others worldwide. It gives you a different perspective, and without a doubt the Riva is indeed unique and sophisticated experience. As you can see I am a big fan of boats and specially private ones.  Continue reading Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

The Gritti Palace Venice

The Gritti Palace Venice by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Gritti Palace Venice  |  Venice, Italy  |  I would risk to say that The Gritti Palace , by Luxury Collection, has been the best suite experience I have had in 2013. Since we are ending the year, it is worth highlighting this stay I had only a few weeks ago while in Venice. A place of exceptional art and elegance, the restored Gritti Palace retains its reassuringly intimate and familiar feel. Located at Campo Santa Maria del Giglio Square, off Calle delle Ostreghe right in the heart of Venice. Step outside to The Gritti Palace terrace over the Gran Canal and board your own private riva or gondola, off to explore this breathtaking and intriguing destination.  Continue reading The Gritti Palace Venice

Caffe Florian Venice

Caffe Florian Venice by www.carlosmeliablog.comCaffe Florian Venice  |  Venice, Italy  | A must stop and try caffe in Venice, right on Piazza San Marco. I am a huge fan of tea time, and this traditional coffee house delivers premium experiences. Yes I agree, it can be a bit touristy, but if you choose the time of the day to visit, wisely, you will be on your own just like I did. Later on reading and researching, I found my connection to this iconic Venetian coffee house, the Argentinean connection. Caffe Florian was Jorge Luis Borges’ favorite coffee house in VeniceContinue reading Caffe Florian Venice

Rialto Bridge and Market

Rialto Bridge and Market by www.carlosmeliablog.comRialto Bridge and Market  |  Venice, Italy  |  The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. I came to visit before I lunch at the lovely, recently opened, Aman Grand Canal, which is only steps away. Like Ponte Vecchio is to Florence, Ponte di Rialto is to Venice. This bridge dates to 1181, originally built out of wood, like it was painted  on the Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman painting by Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.  Continue reading Rialto Bridge and Market

Belmond Hotel Cipriani Venice

Hotel Cipriani Venice by www.carlosmeliablog.com
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
| VeniceItaly | One of the most iconic hotels in the world, if there is one. You name it, celebrities, head of states, tycoons, religious leaders, multimillionaires, influencers… all have either stayed of visited, this very first property of Belmond Hotels in the entire world. Yes, indeed, this is where the story of sophistication and luxury all began, hidden in the exclusivity of Giudecca Island, only 7 minutes away, on your own private riva, crossing Venice‘s Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco. And this time, was our time to stay, and enjoy this oasis of finesse, savoir vivre and refinement.  Continue reading Belmond Hotel Cipriani Venice

Venice Eyes Wide Shut

Venetian Masks at Il Caravaccio by www.carlosmeliablog.com Venice Eyes Wide Shut  |  Venice, Italy  |  Venetian masks can be found all over Venice, Italy and the world, but  do you remember the scenes and most importantly the masks of this Hollywood movie “Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.? Guess where all most of the mask were produced. It was in Venice at Il Canovaccio, where they make from scratch Paper Machè Masks and Theatrical Objects. By coincidence, looking for masks and souvenirs, we ended up at this darling store. Since the moment we entered, I had the feeling I had seen those mask before, but hey, I said to myself, I guess they all look the same. We indeed, I had seen them before, same as millions of others around the world. We bought four masks, and I will be wearing some of them from now on with my black tuxedo, as part of my costume for Halloween and Costume Partiers, and who knows, maybe some Illuminati and Masonic ones. (the one above is one of the four we bought, no hanging on our wall in New York).  Continue reading Venice Eyes Wide Shut

Trattoria Do Forni Venice

Trattoria Do Forni Venice by www.carlosmeliablog.comTrattoria Do Forni Venice  |  Venice, Italy  |  If there was a romantic and special night during are last visit to Venice, I would have to say Trattoria Do Forni was it.  Do Forni Restaurant history refers to the most peculiar and ancient traditions of Venice. During the golden years of the Serenissima Republic, here was placed the bakery which produced bread and sweets for the nearby monastery of San Zaccaria at the Ducal Palace. Do Forni Restaurant includes two nearby rooms; one with rustic and elegant furniture which reminds to the ancient Venetian tavern; the other called “Orient Express”, with the deluxe furniture and the tiny atmosphere reminding the dining car of the famous train which connects Venice to Istanbul and Paris. Of course, we chose the Orient Express room for our first romantic dinner night in Venice. Located conveniently off San Marco Square.  Continue reading Trattoria Do Forni Venice