20th March 2008

Venice Travel Blog

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On our water taxi to Murano Island.

The previous day as we were disembarking of the hotel launch, we were approached by a gentleman enquiring whether we would like to go on a visit to a glass works. He explained that it was on another island but that he would arrange free boat transportation. We declined the offer as we had already made our plans for that day but said we would consider it the following day. That evening over dinner, we agreed that we should go as it gave us the opportunity to see another part of Venice that we would otherwise not see.

Getting of the launch this morning we were meet by the same gentleman, who discussed in more detail the trip to the glass works. He would arrange for a water taxi to take us to the Murano Island glass works, the taxi would take us through the canals and there would be arrangements made for our return - all free of charge.

Following a working oat on our trip to Murano Island
So we accepted his offer.

We got on the water taxi and proceded to go through the canals towards the north of Venice. This was great, because we saw places and in parts, the "working" sections of the canals that we would never have seen on foot. We eventually arrived at the open sea to the north of Venice where another surprise awaited us. I had assumed that we would speedily cross to the island in a straight line, but no. There are "roads" which are indicated by wooden piles driven into the sea bed and the rules of normal roads have to be observed. The trip was bumpy in parts but exciting. We docked at a pier on Murano Island and were meet by a representative of the glass works.

We went into the factory - only a small section of it - and watched a master blower at work.

The glass furnace
It was fascinating to watch and he finally showed us his skills by making a prancing horse in under a minute. This glass horse was fantastic and I only wish that I could have bought it, but no such luck. We then proceded to the show rooms where it is true to say there were some magnificent objects but also some tacky things. However, we did purchase a few pieces which we really like and they are now on display at home. After spending some time looking around and paying for our goods we were given free bus tickets to either return to the main island or to go on further to Burano Island. We chose the latter.

We eventually boarded the water bus and travelled to Burano Island, arriving some fifteen minutes later. Most of the men on this island are fishermen, providing the majority of fish for Venice.

The Master Glass Blower creating the prancing horse.
The women are lace producers, the lace as you can imagine, is expensive being hand produced. Lace production has been hit due to the cheaper imported foreign machine produced lace.

Buranu Island is extremely pretty, all the houses are painted in different colours, legend has it that this was to enable the fishermen to spot their house whilst out at sea and the tradition has continued. There are again canals throughout the island and there are some lovely restaurants and shops too. We had an extremely nice lunch in a canal-side restaurant and of course the obligatory bottle of wine. After several hours of sight seeing, we caught the bus back direct to the main island and then the hotel launch to the hotel. It was an an extremely pleasant day.

stephandadam says:
Looks like you had great weather too!!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2008
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On our water taxi to Murano Island.
On our water taxi to Murano Island.
Following a working oat on our tri…
Following a working oat on our tr…
The glass furnace
The glass furnace
The Master Glass Blower creating t…
The Master Glass Blower creating …
Ann shopping on Murano Island.
Ann shopping on Murano Island.
Passing the Venetian cemetry islan…
Passing the Venetian cemetry isla…
Murano Island.
Murano Island.
Ann waiting for water bus to Buran…
Ann waiting for water bus to Bura…
The water bus drivers view approac…
The water bus drivers view approa…
Cheers. Having lunch by canal.
Cheers. Having lunch by canal.
Our lunch.
Our lunch.
Colourful house alongside canal.
Colourful house alongside canal.
Ann and Eddie at last on the water…
Ann and Eddie at last on the wate…
A canal full of residents cars.
A canal full of residents "cars".
Leaving Murano Island.
Leaving Murano Island.
The only street on Burano Island.
The only street on Burano Island.
Colourful houses.
Colourful houses.
Our water bus to the main island o…
Our water bus to the main island …
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