For those of you that guessed “Italy”, well done! Gold star for you! *applauds*
We decided that it was high time we went and discovered something a little more South of us before Winter really set in. We narrowed it down to the three cities that we wanted to see most, and then proceeded to visit them from North to South and East to West. We began in Venice!
This is the main road from the airport, Marco Polo, out to the islands on the lagoon.
Our first full day we decided to head out to see some of the more famous, smaller islands, and we took ourselves off to see some glass work first of all at Murano.
There was so much glass to see, and it was in every possible shape and colour imaginable! Figurines, animals, vases, bowls, flowers, insects, fish, chandeliers, and then there’s the jewellery! It gets a bit overwhelming quite quickly!
So we decided to take a break and stopped for lunch before heading over to the neighbouring island of Burano.
I personally found Burano with its coloured houses much prettier to visit and walk around. But for me there was a special mission in their lace work!
Yes, I actually got to watch this wonderful lady making some of the most beautiful and delicate pieces of lace I’d ever seen. It’s unfortunate that it’s a dying art, as the younger generation are all leaving the island to look for work rather than learning how to sit around making lace for tourists who won’t pay for the lace they come to see … Understandable, but sad.
I also got the impression that though the locals rely on the tourist trade for a living, they get a bit sick of them turning up to look at the houses and not buying anything, as the pressure to buy was really heavy handed, and quite a bit off putting. I did buy a few things, but couldn’t afford the pieces I was hungering for, and was really put off by the sales tactics.
Of course, owing to re-scheduling, we turned up on the one day of the week that the Lace Museum was closed.
Back to the main island grouping, and no matter where you walk or turn there are the most beautiful and picturesque scenes to revel in and lose yourself in.
Also, ample opportunity to separate you from the money in your wallet and bank accounts! Stores full of the most intricate and amazing costumes and masks are everywhere! At the end of our week in Venice, we did eventually even find a couple that were just right for us!