I was looking at some old photos on my laptop and came across some of a beautiful stationery shop in Venice that we visited 18 months ago.
On our family trip to Europe over Christmas 2013 we spent 4 fabulous nights in Venice. I think we all counted it as one of our favourite spots on the trip.
After an early walk one morning, Will and Henri came back with breakfast to tell us they'd found a shop I was certain to love. So the 6 of us set out on a winding exploration of the tiny streets of Venice. Thankfully they both have an excellent sense of direction and were able to find it again. It did not disappoint. This is my kind of shop. A letterpress print shop that prints personalised calling cards and notepaper. Can it get any better? I don't think so.
We all spent nearly an hour in this shop, taking in every fabulous detail.
The owner, Gianni, was lovely to chat to and full of life.
There he is pointing out something that I just had to look at. He's definitely passionate about his trade.
The children found it interesting too and particularly loved seeing the printing presses in action.
I spent a long time looking through his stock of stamps for something that was sewing related. I was hoping to find a 'needle pulling thread' or similar to incorporate into some personalised stationery. I didn't think scissors was such a good thing to have on notepaper, and the thimbles were not immediately recognisable as thimbles.
In the end I chose this:
I love these notecards. I've used them many times since. If I return to Venice I think I'll have to place another order with Gianni. He's a traditional guy. He has a landline or you can write to him by hand. There's no email or mobile phone. So placing an order from Melbourne isn't really an option. I'll just have to wait until I'm lucky enough to travel there again so I can visit Gianni in person. That's definitely something to look forward to.