Friday, July 01, 2011

I Remember ... Burano

Our optional excursion for today is a 40-minute lagoon cruise from Venice to Burano for lunch. We were taken by private vaporetto to this nearby island. It was a refreshing change to be out on the water and feel a gentle breeze ... cooling us off.

As soon as we docked I fell in love with this island ... the bright, cheerfully painted houses with drying laundry instantly grabbed my attention ... a vintage village feel in this lagoon known for its lacemaking. I was also fascinated by the leaning San Martino church bell tower.
The island is very small and has stayed well protected from tourism. There are no hotel accommodations so tourism is limited to day trips. The only way to get around this island is on foot and the biggest attractions are the Lace Museum and the colorful homes.
We dined outside at Cafe Vecio Trattoria enjoying many seafood dishes and biscuits called Essi, made in the 'S' shape and yellow in color. They were quite light and delicious. It seems each meal is a feast in Italy and served in a different order than in US. Just when you thought the meal was over ... we were served shots of almond amaretto and cappuccino. We could hardly breathe after moving away from the table.
Pictured below: Shrimp Risotto
We enjoyed great conversation with our table "mates" ... the Aussie group. It was fun explaining things we do in the US. They were quite intrigued by my explanation of my monthly Bunco group. The conversation then turned to camping and S'mores. Even something as common to us as graham crackers was new to them. It was a great way to spend an afternoon of leisure!

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