Sunday, May 26, 2024

Venice, Days Day Three

On Sunday we took a boat to the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano. The weather was lovely. White-Anna worried about burning but she did well with the sunscreen.

Our first stop was Murano, which is known for its glass. Because the Venetian government feared fires in Venice they moved all glass work to the island in brick buildings. We watched a glass blowing demo and walked around looking for something for my collection jars. I asked for broken glass but they told me it was illegal to sell Murano. 

The next stop was Burano which is famous for its lace work and brightly colored buildings. The colours of the houses follow a specific system, originating from the golden age of its development. If someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. The island is considered among the ten most colorful places in the world.

We also visited a lace museum. It is just amazing all the time that goes into a piece. Along with glassmaking, it is a dying art. 

We returned to Venice and had a late lunch followed by a siesta. Later I had drinks with a woman, April, I know from work who is from the states but living in Vienna. It is crazy the two of us were in Venice at the same time! 

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