About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Murano and Venice

This morning we had a light breakfast in the hotel before catching the vaporetto to Murano, the island of glass.

Brandon loves to draw on the maps we pickup when we travel. He can literally spend hours drawing and scheming.

In Murano we walked along the canals and enjoyed the many glass shops. Katrina especially enjoyed the glass shops, finding several necklaces for herself.

On the way to Murano we stopped at the cimetero. They don't allow pictures, but I snuck one for the blog. The graves sites are well tended and decorated with pictures, flowers (fake or fresh) and other interesting objects.

One of the local regatta teams

Mid morning snack - hot dog, of course!

Glass sculpture in Murano. I've posted pictures of this on previous trips.

We wandered through Murano for a couple of hours before finding a cafe for lunch. After lunch we headed back to Venice. The day was warm and the sun was out. Brandon found a park in an area of Venice we had not explored on previous trips, so we wandered through the streets and alleys until we came out on the waterfront.

The Arsenale, for centuries this was the backbone of Venetian power and the biggest industrial establishment in the world

Looking across the water towards St Marks Square

It must be laundry day in Venice

Brandon watches a Vaporetto go by

Katrina has become such an amazing photographer. If you haven't seen her work, check out her blog.

Brandon found the gardens and the park. He headed straight for the swings. Katrina and I found a bench in the shade and relaxed.

After sitting for quite awhile, it was time to head home. It took two Vaporettos, one train and three hours in the car to get home.

It was a fantastic weekend getaway for all three of us. I expect that there will be a few more trips to Venice in the next 14 months.

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