Seeking Glass Horses & Seagulls in Venice

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Venice beckons more than two days of exploration time. And yet, if you plan right, two days might just suffice. On our second day we headed to the island of Murano. Vaporetto services connect each island to another. Barring the afternoon sun – the journey is a fun ride. And wish as you may; it will be truly hard to ignore the brightly painted block houses. Although, I’m not sure why we don’t have any snaps of them. Our main purpose was to visit the glass workshop. And the minute you set foot on the island, ushers will lead you towards the demonstration area. It’s easy to book a seat on the spot.

OK. So, I don’t remember much of the process of glass making. Forgive my rusty travel memory. But, here’s what I do remember: the fine craftsmanship of the Murano glass-makers, their eye for precision as well as detail, and remarkable ease at their craft. Anyone who has tried to create something from scratch, will truly appreciate the finesse that goes into making objects, as delicate as these. The colour changes from blazing red to cooler hues depending upon the temperature and raw materials. The glass-maker has to be quick and nimble to bend the hot glass into the desired shape. The outcome? A spectacular glass horse, bird, or vase!

Souvenir shops abound the island. From tiny trinkets, colourful figurines to exquisitely crafted glassware; the depth of your wallet will decide the size of your purchase. We picked up miniature birds as souvenirs.

If you want to see it all – head to Burano. And then there’s Lido. Or else, choose to walk in the warm summer sun and settle below a sunroof umbrella. We enjoyed our afternoon meal with a seagull and emerald-green water for company.

Each alley will look new and similar at the same time. From washed clothes to quaint cafes – tucked in a forgotten corner; it’s fun not knowing what you will come across. But, the best part of the long walk, will be the fact, there’s so much to see without having to necessarily see it all.

4 responses to “Seeking Glass Horses & Seagulls in Venice

    • They are truly pretty. The way they transmit light is wonderful. It’s a combination of the substances they use that give the colour to the glass. The moulding is done, quickly, after being taken out from the furnace. But,it’s easier said that done. It was fantastic to watch. 🙂 I remember that.

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