Today was definately one of the best days of the trip! Luckily the rain had clearned up and we had sunny skies ahead of us. We took the water taxi into Venice and were apsolutely amazed by the beauty. There were no cars anywhere! The only transportation available was by boat. Each "street" was a tiny, winding canal. The bridges, sidewalks, architecture , EVERYTHING was amazing here!
Our first stop was the Murano glass blowing factory. For those of you who dont know much about Italian culture, Venice is famous for their impressive glass art. Although there are many replicas and copies, the authentic and finest quality glass pieces are blown in the Murano factory. First we watched one of the artisans produce a delicate vase. To do this he heated a block of glass in a huge oven that was stuck on the end of the stick. Then he directed his breath through the other end of the stick to form shapes, while twisting the piece. It was truly amazing! Then,we toured the rest of the shop, they had magnificant sets of wine glasses, tea sets, serving platters, vases and even clown sculptures.
Next Mom and I headed off in search of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum! We followed our map through the windy, cobbelstone streets and finally arrived! Her collection included pieces by Jackson Pollock, Duchamp, Picasso, Klee, and Picasso, as well as several Venician artists and sculpters. It was very impressive and is supposedly one of the worlds greatest collections of modern art.
Next we met with the rest our travel companions for a lagoon cruise to Burano, the island of fisherman. This town was dazzling! Each of the houses were painted different colors, vibrant blues, oranges and pinks. Also, there were considerably fewer tourists than in Venice. We went to a lovely restaurant for yet another HUGE meal!! We were served seafood lasagna, mediterranean seasoned peshe, crab risotto, crispy calamari-(some of the best ive ever tasted) and biscotti dipped in desert wine! Im going to be so fat!
After our huge lunch we headed back to Venice. ( I could barely move). But, since we missed our Gondola ride last night we were going on the lovely serenade today! This was such a wonderful experience! I've never done anything like it! The Gondola "driver" for lack of a better word, wore the authentic red and white stripped shirt and we were served glasses of Prosecco for the cruise. We even had an accordian player on board. I will never forget this!
That evening mom and I were absolutely exhausted. It had been such a great day! We stopped at a cafe on the Grand Canal for some wine then headed back to the hotel.