Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Burano Colour Loving

Burano, what a DREAM you are! An insta lover's dream. A colour lover's dream. A rainbow lover's dream. A photographer's dream. A paradise hunter's dream. A truly magical island decked out in all the colours of the rainbow. If you don't already know it, it's an incredibly peaceful, sleepy, tiny island (apart from the tourist influx on the ferry each day!) set out in the bay of Venice a little further beyond Murano.

We too a ferry from Venice over to the Island for the day, to wander, explore, photograph and have fun!

Our favourite parts of the island were those where we stayed away from the touristy main street and ducked into narrow, empty back streets, quiet green squares and the waterfront all the way round the island. Streets with little more than the washing hanging out or the locals going about their simple daily business of watering the plants, posting a letter or catching up with the neighbours.

As an aside, how much would you love to have a doorbell with you name on it like the one above?! Adorable!

It's crazy to think of this as a permanent home for the island's small population. Seeing evidence of 'normal' life in a place like this really gets you thinking. Washing hanging on the line, delivery trolleys, Mac packaging! All a little incongruous in such a quaint chocolate box village!! What, this isn't just a movie set?!? REAL people live here and go about their lives each day?!? That's just so wonderful. 

The whole of Venice was a Mecca for selfie sticks and Burano was no exception! In fact, the prevalence was so high I'm surprised there aren't more accidents on the island - folks shuffling backwards in search of that perfect angle while staring longingly into the reflections of their own faces....until they end up plummeting backwards into a canal!! :p Now THAT'd something worth catching a selfie of! ;)

But on a few of the liveliest backdrops we couldn't help snap a shot or two of us both, in the old fashioned way!!

As I took this picture, the home owner suddenly popped out from behind her gorgeous striped curtain to throw a bowl full of breadcrumbs to the pigeons. She didn't seem to mind the fact that I had just been snapping away at her front door! But guess it comes with the territory of having such a cute front entrance! :) 

Needless to say, I snapped away along with the best of them. So here are a few of my favourite shots for your perusal.

THE most amazing platter of fritto misto ever for our lunch stop. Plus a bowl of delicious fresh tiny artichokes that were super tender and full of flavour. Mmmmm....

If you love colour and have not yet visited Burano. GET YOURSELVES A PLANE TICKET!! It's a sweet ferry hop from Venice over to the island. It's more famous big sister Murano is a popular stopping point too, but trust me, you won't be disappointed if you stay on the vaporetto for the extra hop out to the cuter, smaller sister island! Why are baby sisters always infuriating cuter and sweeter eh?! (Yes, I mean you Izzy!!!) ;)

So after such a thoroughly fun day out on Burano, I'm now on a hunt for other magical places to visit that are filled with colour, if you have any brainwaves I'd love to know!  

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