Burano, a feast for the eyes.


What a lovely place Burano is.  It must be awful to be a resident with so many tourists looking in your windows and judging the colour of your house and the state of the decoration, but as a visitor it is such a wonderful place to consider how much happier people would be if houses in other parts of the world were similarly decorated.



Doges Palace, Venice


I was fully ready to be unimpressed with the Doges Palace.  Indeed, anywhere where there are lots of tourists, and queues, I tend to get a bit sniffy.  I am a traveller, not a tourist!  And all that BS.

Well although we got to the Palace early in the morning, and for quite a while felt like we were, if not the only people there, in a pretty exclusive tour.  We had the headphones to get the info on the rooms we were passing through and what they were used for.  But in the end, I was just blown away with the amazing ceilings, the paintings, the reflections.

If you go to Venice, I recommend you get up early one morning and take the tour.

The Lace Makers of Burano


Taken in the lace museum in Burano, these ladies are the last of the city’s lace makers. Their work is so fine and they sit quietly stitching all day. A significant piece of lace can take years to make, and thus once a machine was designed that could do this work, the market for hand stitched lace disappeared. A document to a passing skill.