The ride to Murano was about 45 minutes, and we got there early enough that many shops and showrooms weren't open yet. Our first impression of Murano was that it was very pretty, but not quite as ornate and "fancy" as Venice. It was also much less crowded!
We stopped at a nice cafe and had an espresso and a cup of fresh fruit for breakfast. As we walked around waiting for shops to open, we found several fun glass sculptures in public spaces:
After all that bug shopping, we were ready for lunch! We stopped at a nice canal side cafe, looked at the menu and made our choices in no time. David had a pizza, which he really enjoyed:
And I had spaghetti con sieppe. That's squid ink! I've been wanting to try it, and it's a Venetian specialty--so today was the day! Here's my big plate of yummy squid ink pasta:
I did think of my dear, dear friend Brenda, and just how much she would love this dish! ;=}
It was time for the next boat to Burano, and it's a short ride. Burano is an even smaller island than Murano, but no less charming. It has it's own historical specialty, lace. As in Murano, much of what is sold now is not even made in Burano, but imported. We did see some beautiful lace, though.
The real charm of Burano is it's colorful buildings--just like a rainbow! Each house is painted a different color from it's neighbor:
It had been a long and wonderful day wandering around these two islands. The boat to Venice was at the pier, so we made our way aboard and found a couple of great upper deck, open air seats.
It was a beautiful ride back to Venice as the sun was setting on another great day in Italy: