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Venice days two and three

On the water

sunny 32 °C

The next day is a day on the water. We are heading to Murano to see the glass work over there. We get to watch a vase and a horse made, neither my taste but the process is interesting. We spend a fair bit of time in one gallery and after that it looked like we had seen all on offer in Murano.Murano canal

Murano canal

We jumped back on the vaporetto out to Burano, the fishing village which gained a reputation for making lace. There is plenty of it on sale but it is impossible to know if it locally handmade or imported for the tourists. The other interesting thing about Burano is the custom of painting the houses in bright colours to welcome the fishermen back from their fishing trips. It makes for a colourful and picturesque setting to wander about, take photos and eat gelati.
Fishing houses, Burano

Fishing houses, Burano

Even the washing is colourful in Burano

Even the washing is colourful in Burano


We then head over to Torchello to have a look at the original Basilica in the lagoon of Venice. Although it has been neglected for a long time, there are a couple of great Byzantine mosaics preserved here.
Torcello

Torcello


Love the Vaporreti

Love the Vaporreti


We get the boat back to Venezia and head out for dinner. It is only average and they have the cheek to charge for a carafe of tap water!
It is the morning of the gondola ride. We are not going out in the densely packed area around St Mark’s square, rather we are situated closer to home around San Polo. We have a good 40 minutes floating around the quiet canals watching the world go by. It is very restful, and also great to watch the gondolier in action as he guides his craft within a few centimetres of obstacles while keeping up a smooth glide the whole time. It is also a different feeling, being so close to the water. No bargaining about the cost, the standard is 40 minutes for 80 euros.
O sole Mio

O sole Mio

On the grand canal

On the grand canal

under the bridge

under the bridge


We then made a quick visit to the Peggy Guggenhiem Collection a very pleasant visit with some really good works on show.
Anish Kapoor strikes again - Peggy's

Anish Kapoor strikes again - Peggy's


We had promised G a visit to the toy shop, so we had a bit of time to get through before they opened. So we hopped on the No2 vaporetto which heads down the grand canal, over past the car parks at Tronchetto and then down the Guidecca canal and back to St Marks. It is a slow old trip but gives a look at the other side of life in the island state.
Not your everyday sight on a canal

Not your everyday sight on a canal

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As expected, everything in the toy shop was too expensive (in Venice, go figure!) so we left empty handed.
We said our goodbyes to Daniella and carried all our stuff over the bridges to the train station. There were no trains to Mestre! So I asked and guess what every train goes to Mestre (they’ve got nowhere else to go) and boy did we get dirty looks when we threw in a bike box and two suitcases to block up the entry way.

Posted by lostagain 15:15 Archived in Italy

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