Return to Venice


VeniceHi everyone,

Since my last blog I’ve had a week off, part of which was spent in one of my favourite cities in the world – Venice! My sister Loraine and I gave our mum the trip for Christmas, but we decided to wait until April to actually go, so that we might get some nicer weather. It was fabulous – Loraine and I had both been twice before, but it was mum’s first time, and she absolutely loved it.

It’s such a magical place, and we spent a lot of time just wandering the cobbled back streets, popping in and out of quaint little shops, stopping for coffee (or wine…) and taking photos of the gondolas and beautiful 15th century buildings. The only downside was that it was very, very busy in the most touristy areas like St Mark’s Square, so we tried to avoid those as much as we could and explored the quieter streets (pictured above).

We also ate FAR too much pizza, and had the biggest ice creams EVER when we stopped for a breather near the Rialto Bridge.

Ice-cream at the Rialto Bridge

Lucky then, that when I returned, I could burn off some calories during my final long training walks for the London Moonwalk!

The marathon night is almost upon us now (it’s on Saturday 16th) and all of Team QVC have been training hard. I did a 20 mile walk this week and felt absolutely fine so I’m confident I can manage the 26.2 miles on the night. Superwoman Kathy Tayler is doing another walking marathon a week before, which is very impressive – you rock, Kathy! We have already smashed our £1,000 fundraising target (thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has donated!) but now we want to raise even more. We have all been touched by breast cancer in some way, and this is a cause very close to our hearts – it’s a cliché, but together we CAN beat this disease, one day.

Another highlight since my last blog was a night at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We went to see the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Guy Barker Big Band doing Frank Sinatra classics. I’ve always loved Sinatra – he would have been 100 this year, and it was a fantastic night. The concert went out live on BBC Radio 2 so maybe some of you heard it too?

In my next blog I’ll let you know how the Moonwalk went (gulp!) – and the next day I’m going to see our lovely QVC friend Lulu who’s currently in the middle of her UK tour, so I’ll tell you about that too. I always love working with her, so can’t wait to see her doing her stuff on stage and belting out those tracks!

Have a fabulous week.

Love Jackie x


  1. Susan May 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Gorgeous photos Jackie! It’s a place I long to visit someday! Glad your mum loved it too. Good luck for Saturday!!! X

    • Jackie Kabler May 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Yes it’s a fabulous city. Thanks so much for the good luck message – think we’re going to need it!
      Love Jackie x

  2. Lorraine May 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie just read your blog about venice somewhere my husband and I are thinking of visiting this year been fortunate enough to visit lots of places australia being the farthest away and Morocco America and lots of other places but never been as close as italy is nice to see your sister spells her name the same as I do people do try and correct it which is annoying sometimes anyway glad you had a nice time and good luck with the moonwalk I with Ali Keenan also I’m sure you will do it no trouble after all the training you have all done best wishes to you love Loraine x

    • Jackie Kabler May 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

      Hopefully you will get to visit Venice this year, it is a wonderful place! Very much looking forward to the Moonwalk, exciting but scary too, thanks!
      Love Jackie x

  3. Denise May 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I’m absolutely green with envy at your Venice trip!! It looks fantastic and how wonderful to share with your mum and sister. I Haven’t been there myself but it’s on the list. A couple of years ago I went to Pisa and Florence – first time to Italy and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to return and when we do go back hope to explore more of the lesser known places. I still remember the delicious gelato having to have maybe 2 a day as it was so scrumptious. The Jazz festival sounds fun too like you I am big Sinatra fan. I grew up listening it to it at my grandparents and I think his music is timeless. Good luck with the Moonwalk a girl who goes to my Zumba class is also doing it. I think she’s quite nervous but she will be fine.
    Best wishes
    Denise x

    • Jackie Kabler May 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

      I haven’t been to either Pisa or Florence but would love to see more of Italy, I adore it! Yes the Moonwalk is quite a challenge but I’m sure we will all help each other through it, I can’t wait!
      Love Jackie x

  4. Karen May 13, 2015 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie…Lovely photo of your mum and sister, looks like you all had a fab time!! All the best for your Moonwalk, am sure you will do great and then can reward yourself with a lovely meal and large glass of vino, hehe!!
    Also, love watching you on QVC – funny and fabulous!!
    Big hugs…Karen xx

    • Jackie Kabler May 15, 2015 at 5:35 am -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for the kind words! Yes, I think food and wine will definitely be on the cards after our marathon night!
      Love Jackie x

  5. Debbie Coyle May 14, 2015 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Looks like you all had a fab time in Venice and you all look lovely …. surely you have 2 sister’s your mum looks so young …. good luck for saturday remember to take tissues, snacks and water with you and have some epsom salts ready for when you get home
    Good luck and have fun xx 🙂

    • Jackie Kabler May 15, 2015 at 5:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for the tips! Yes, mum does look amazing, I hope I look as good at her age. Thanks for getting in touch!
      Love Jackie x

  6. Eileen Mc Donnell May 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jackie,
    I have been a fan of QVC for a few years now, I enjoy dipping in and out of shows. My favourite , at the moment is the lunchtime show, which I am watching at the moment. I love the top you are wearing, it looks like Navy blue and has a sparkly collar . I phoned and asked if I could get it from QVC to be told , it is your own top.

    It looks lovely on you and I was wondering if you could tell me where you got it.

    I enjoy it when you are presenting , you are natural and chatty without being over powering. Keep up the good work.! Eileen.

  7. Jackie Kabler May 15, 2015 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Elieen,
    Glad you’re enjoying the lunchtime show, I love working on it! That top was by Etoile if I remember correctly – it is a QVC range but that particular style is sold out on our website. However they do have some other styles with sequins and so on so do have a look and see if anything else takes your fancy!
    Love Jackie x

  8. Hester Tulloch May 17, 2015 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie it looked lovely in Venice one of the Italian cities I never went to but have to say when I have been in Italy the Gelato is one of the best bits. Well done in the Moonwalk 2015 you and the team did very well.

    • Jackie Kabler May 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hester,
      Thanks for the kind comments!
      Love Jackie x

  9. Eileen May 19, 2015 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hello Jackie,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply , I shall look for a similar top on QVC for Etoile products. I am glad you are enjoying the lunch time show , it makes it so much nicer to watch a show when the presenter(s) are enjoying themselves. Eileen. X

  10. Carol June 1, 2015 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Lovely picture Jackie we are off there in August any restaurants you can recommend, Carol xx

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