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“He liked the fact that Venice had no cars. It made the city human. The streets were like veins, he thought and the people were the blood, circulating everywhere” ~Patricia Highsmith

April 30, 2022

Today after a delicious breakfast and a good night’s sleep we met our guide and took a water taxi to Murano. It’s probably the most famous island of the Venetian Lagoon, it’s composed of seven minor islands. It is well known worldwide for the art of blowing glass. All glass factories were moved to the island of Murano in 1295 to preserve the city from fires that often were caused by factories themselves. We had a private tour of one of the glassblowing factories.

The teamwork and precision to create each item take years of practice, and each item is one of a kind. If I were Cia, the singer, I do not think I would want to swing from the amazing chandeliers!

After a leisurely wander through the shops where photography was forbidden, we took another taxi ride to the island of Burano which is also located in the Venice lagoon. Burano is also known for its small, brightly painted houses, which are popular with artists. The colors 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 colors permitted for that lot. It is said that sailors coming home often drunk, might mistake their homes from being away for so long so they were painted bright colors so they would not forget.

Another highlight of Burano is its lacemaking. The first laces date back to 1500 and initially, their workmanship took place in posh houses, employing needle-and-thread without a canvass as a prop. Here the “punto in aria” combined with geometrical designs, flowers, animals, and spirals took place. It takes seven lacemakers, specializing in one stitch each to create the intricate lace patterns.

Today was one of the more relaxing days so far in our travels. We had a lovely sunshine-filled day beginning with cappuccino and tea, an afternoon treat with gelato, a spontaneous Italian meal, and some after-dinner drinks in the courtyard. Life is good.

“Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.” ~ Unknown

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