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38 Around Venice

So beautiful this city

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MONDAY 29th in Venice began with local guide taking us on a walking tour of the streets around this old city, away from the usual tourist gaze. St Mark's square lovely in the daylight..
Even saw the rubbish collection method which is done daily. Very tidy and straight into barges on the canals.... On the other end of the scale, we saw the Hotel where Mr and Mrs Clooney were staying across the canal...they tied the knot on Saturday here...but today Monday they were to cross to where we were to sign the official Italian documents at the Council Chambers above us in the room we were looking at, to make the marriage legal under Italian Law. Media with their cameras at the ready waiting across the canal from us. Our guide said the city were fed up with it all.
After this walk-about we boarded a bigger ferry and went to the famous Murano Glass Blowing factory and shop. Watched the talented blower make some beautiful items as examples then into tne shop. Wowwee, what amazing stuff. Of course they had special deals but not tempted. I just got a nice pendant piece to remind me.
Next, past the flash Hotel where the guests were cor 'the wedding', on our way to Burano Island about 20mins from Venice. 120 Islands make up the city but this one was further out and quite different. Lovely coloured houses and quite different shops.
Fishing boats and nets lined the waterway. And a very leaning Church tower. The town here known for its lace making which was very pretty. No Hotels here, just the people who live and work here, shops and restaurants. Had a nice seated late lunch here before tour by some of the other islands and back to Venice.
Rest of the day to ourselves, so took a walk around the streets, over bridges over canals taking care not to wander too far and get lost. Found a nice cafe to share a Pizza at, a nice wine for me, Sprite for Ralph, then a wander back through St Mark's Sq to soak up the atmosphere and check out tonight's concerts. Sat, watched, smelled the air, looked at all around us and just soaked it up, so we can revisit in our minds at home. Ahhhhh!

Posted by RuthWinmill 12:47 Archived in Italy

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