Venice ... Simply A-maze-ing!

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July 28th 2008
Published: August 26th 2008
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Venice was simply amazing, and also literally a maze. After getting repeatedly lost in the maze of twists and turns through streets winding along the canals, and battling through the thick crowds of tourists in summertime Europe, we relented and bought a map hoping that this would be our saving grace. The map proved to be no more than a waste of money, so we succumbed to the moment and began to lose ourselves and let the city embrace us.

We watched the Gondolas float lazily through the back canals, and the ferries whizz along the main waterways. We wandered through streets lined with shops selling glass fashioned into stunning artpieces, jewellery and souvenirs; and on to quiet secluded streets home to local Venetians. We marvelled at the stunning Mosaics that adorn the interior of the Basilica San Marco - they’re so detailed that they appear to be painted.

We headed out to the island of Murano which is famous for glass blowing, and watched a live demonstration and then tried to escape from the eager salesman who mistook us for rich tourists interested in his €700 plate. The island of Burano was the highlight of our trip though - with it’s beautiful coloured houses, chilled out locals and slow pace of life. It seemed a world away from the hectic streets of neighbouring Venice.

Our Route
ITALY: Riomaggiore > Venice (by train)

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26th August 2008

Great photos!
Guys,Looks like you are having an amazing time..brought me right back to my trip to venice a few years ago-got totally lost and ended up simply buying a gigantic slice of pizza and loving the fact that I was in a maze! You're photos are brilliant especially the "I love Venice" heart.x
26th August 2008

Amazing photos guys! and sunny and bright! far from the Dublin 'Summer' your missing safe travels!
26th August 2008

Your "small canal" picture features the bridge of sighs. Ahhhh (sigh), Venice is divine....
26th August 2008

And wow again! That's all I have to say! Wish I was there too... far far away from the rain and pain. Njoy folks. Slainte
26th August 2008

Wonderful Pictures!
I wish I was there....
26th August 2008

I Love Venice
Very clever - well spotted. Brought back very many happy memories of our week there.
26th August 2008

Hi Suz, another great episode, keep them coming. We are off today to India no less.
26th August 2008

Love the Comments!
Thanks so much for the comments everyone! Lets us know that you're all still reading (and can tear yourselves away from facebook long enough to make comments!). Hugs, S+D
27th August 2008

See you in Koh Kood
Hey Guys.. Seems you are taking a slow ride down here to Thailand, getting down here by the end of August looks pretty ambitious to us. We have both been here for a week now and settled in a bit, rented a house with communal pool, so me and Niamh are splashing around while Grainnes working hehe... Okey, let us know about your plans...
17th February 2009

hi dave, long time no speak! glad to see you had such a great holiday. call me.
17th December 2010
Murano Glass Factory

Real art glass producion
I visited Vetreria Artistica Colleoni near faro station (light house) in Murano. They were creating a huge gold and cristal horse. Incredible!!

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