Hello Everyone! I'm back from the Mediterranean with pics and, of course, a story. My bags are still unpacked, the house is a mess, I'm battling jet lag and what is one of the first things I do....log on to tPF! I missed you guys and will spend the weekend catching up! First of all, whew, what a whirlwind vacation! What was supposed to be a fabulous 12 night/9 port Mediterranean cruise with the family, turned out to be a 9 night/3 port disappointment! If you have time, check out the brief USAToday article regarding my cruise: http://blogs.usatoday.com/cruiselog/2007/07/a-tough-week-fo.html I'll be happy to share details with those that are curious, but otherwise I'll stick to BV-related news here. Despite the cruise debacle, it was fab to be in Europe again - turned lemons into lemonade and made the most of my 16 days in Europe. Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately!) I only managed a little time to visit the BV boutiques in one city, Venice. What charming stores! Just a couple of blocks away from each other - the little beauty on Calle Vallaresso (first 3 pics below) and the larger gem on Campo San Moisé (last pic). Sorry for the brief shots, it was extremely difficult to get unobscured photos with all of the foot traffic - soo many people! The first boutique has a couple of the new colors in the window - green "Azzardo" Campana and "Camel" flap handbag - I am loving both colors! Pardon, I'm not sure of color/style the single large tote in 3rd pic, but isn't it handsome! Alas, there wasn't sufficient time to properly drool over the goods and drill the salespeople. A color that I had not heard of and they had a few styles in stock was "Favorite" (not sure of spelling). It is a beautiful salmon color, soft, yet not pastel - my description can't justify its beauty. Anyways, it's GORGEOUS and IMO the fall color that will be as popular as Magnolia was in spring! The larger boutique had so much in stock! Every time they pulled open one of their drawers, I and clapped my hands in glee! They at my enthusiasm. They had all of the new Fall colors in stock and so many accessories/wallets! There's one particular new style that I really liked - an extended version of the small zip card case...an added pouch on the side & card slots...adorable!! I did not take any of my BV's on the trip and thank goodness I didn't. They would've taken a beating (planes, trains, boats and buses!) and it did drizzle a couple of days. I traveled with my trusty and lightweight Prada nylon bags and rugged LV Mono carry on and brought my "delicate" pieces for evening (clutches). Of course I had to return with a little somethin' somethin' for moi! I'm working on piccies of my new baby, but meanwhile, I'll give you guys some clues -- it's petite, in a new style and a rich fall color. Needless to say, I it and can't wait for you guys to see it! Any guesses??