Murano, Burano and Doges Palace

Italy knows how to use color for sure, in its glass and in it’s painted houses, not to mention in its food.

Today I went to Murano, famous for its glass makers and Carol Clay, Cathie Anderson and I got to see glass making first, followed by a tour of nine rooms of glass…the things the master glass makers produce are amazing…full sized clowns, turtles, aquariums (complete with bubbles), chandeliers of all sorts and colors, owls, elephants (no, I resisted), wrapped candies, and of course jewelry and glass ware. All Murano glass is made without lead, but from sand from France.

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After leaving Murano, we went to Burano, which is another island about 40 minutes from Venice, known for its brilliantly painted houses and for its lace making. I went crazy taking photos I can tell you that! The island has canals all through it, lined by brightly colored houses. It’s a popular tourist stop, but the one quiet place was the beautiful church, and the parks were pretty quiet too.

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Back in Venice I went to the Doges, or Duke’s palace which is magnificent, and included a view of the “river of sighs”. The palace crosses over a couple of canals.

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Tomorrow it’s off to Umag in the afternoon for the ITF world championships for Cathie and Carol and for watching and working the world championships for me.

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