Day 11 - afternoon
Right after our gondola ride, we had the rest of the day free to do whatever we wanted to do but since there was an optional excursion planned for the afternoon which promised us quite some excitement, well, how could I resist! So that's what I chose to do.
We boarded a private water bus at exactly 1:00pm and immediately cruised along the Venetian lagoon and around Venice’s many islands. I chose to sit on a wooden bench right next to the exit doors as opposed to the lower deck of the boat which had better seats but there was a reason for this! I had better views of the landscape and no obstructions such as the glass windows to block me from taking pictures.
We were heading to the island of Burano, an island situated 7 kilometers away from Venice. Known for its lacework and brightly colored homes, this very popular touristic island was also well popular with artists and recognized as being a photographer’s paradise! Having all these facts, well I wouldn't have missed it for anything in the world! So you bet, I was quite anxious to arrive!
After a good 40 minutes of cruising in which the views were wonderful, as we approached the small island, the vibrant colors of the homes started to appear as well as a bell tower which kind of leaned on one side!
It was exactly 1:40pm when we all disembarked and followed our guide down a cobblestone street where I immediately loved the beautiful, brightly colored houses everywhere I turned. Lots of tourists were on the island but still, it didn’t feel crowded. We were heading to one of the island’s restaurant, the Cecio where lunch was included as part of this excursion.
Three long rectangular tables were reserved for the group at the restaurant’s exterior terrace. For various reasons, I chose to sit at the last table overlooking the other ones. We were immediately served with homemade bread and olive oil to dip it into. While drinking water, we browsed through the menus and listened to their specials! The bread was really good and freshly out of the oven! Plus dipping it in the olive oil…..hmmmmm…..delizioso!
And then our three meal course arrived shortly afterwards. It was a delight to eat as well as the wine to drink but since we had limited time here on the island and since I was quite anxious to start and explore it as opposed to sitting here and gaining weight from eating all that pasta, ha, ha, ha, I passed on the dessert and immediately left the restaurant heading down the street to see what I could discover on this island of Burano!
To be continuedMonique :-)