Thursday, July 2, 2015
Second Look on the 2nd: Burano
Hi Everyone! It's July 2nd which means it is time to join up with Altered Book Lover's Second Look on the 2nd. It's a fun time where we re-post one of our favorites and then go around and visit everyone. I'm a little late today because of internet problems, but here is one of my favorite posts from September of 2007.
Burano is a pretty island a short boat ride from Venice. It has a population of about 4000. It is primarily know as the place where lace was invented. The story told to us by our guide is that the wives of the fishermen were inspired by watching their husbands mend their nets to use the technique to crochet elaborate lace. Needless to say, delicate lace in every form was available in every gift shop! Although we did not buy lace, we did buy 2 masks for our daughter. Carnival in Venice takes place just before Ash Wednesday & is a huge celebration. Masks play an important role in this festival, and, of course, they too are available in many forms & styles.
What fascinated me most about Burano was the colorful way the houses were painted. The photo above is just one canal. Again, the story related by our guide is that they were painted so vividly so that the fishermen returning home in their boats could easily spot their homes! When I first saw this view, it reminded me of the brilliant colors seen in the American Southwest--another favorite area of mine, and I fell in love with it!
All in all, another wonderful time! Plus, one shop we visited was playing Elvis music and had (the word)"Elvis" on their awning--so I could not help but like it!
Once again, thank you for all who continue to read my ramblings of our vacation!