Saturday, April 1, 2023

Arrivederci Venezia!

 Finally, it was time to say Goodbye to Venice. 


We got up early to catch the Aliliguna vaporetto to the airport. The Aliliguna uses smaller boats and only goes to the airport.

Final scenes of Venice:

     I left my shoes behind as I wore them out and had no room in my suitcase. 

Corrina Cooke Suggests Lunch

For Venice planning,  Paula bought a terrific book, "Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Venice: Fantastic Finds In The Most Unique City On Earth" by Corrina Cooke. It was so interesting, I plan to get a copy once I'm back home. 

Corrina suggested two restaurants for Burano. We chose the family-run restaurant called Trattoria da Primo.

The delicious bread (especially those sesame seed sticks) came wrapped in a napkin in a wooden box. We encountered this frequently in Venice.
I ordered sea bass which the waiter filleted at the table. I also ordered a side of grilled vegetables. This was a very generous portion with onions, carrots, eggplant and zucchini. 

For desseert - B
uranelli cookies. They are made in the shaped of an S and served with zabaglione cream.
Our serving of cookies also had a "ground cherry" which I encountered for the first time at a farmer's market last summer in Cleveland. They are "wrapped" in a very thin papery material, are small and orange and quite tart. I had never seen them before last summer.
This man's jacket shows you are never far from the City of Brotherly love...


 We had originally planned to visit Murano, Burano and Torcello all on the same day! We quickly discovered this was impossible. So, the day after Murano, we explored Burano and saved Torcello for the next visit to Venice. 

Burano has a smaller town vibe with its brightly painted houses and laundry drying.

This man with his border collies caught our attention.   


The main square with the bell tower.

The small, colorful plaque to the left of the doorway is enlarged above. I liked the message.

The Lace Museum was the highlight of Burano.



Map of areas for specific kinds of lace.

                                           Lacemaker, bronze, 20th century

Descriptions of different lace-making techniques.


 These photos are easier to read.






Bridal gown
                                                         Different kinds of lace borders

Lace collar                                                            Gloves

Some lacy outfits...

                                         This lace piece includes lions, the symbol of Venice.

A Burano lacemaker hard at work on "pillow lace" because of the pillow she is working on. Another lace technique is bobbin lace.

The different between embroidery and lace is that lace "floats;" embroidery is attached to the fabric.





Ferries and Water Ambulances

 I've been super impressed with the ferry system in Venice. For the most part, the schedules are easy to read and the system runs on time. The only tricky part was that not all stations have a way to buy tickets, so we had to have a ticket (or have purchased a pass) before approaching the station.

Schedules are big and bright at frequently used (and possibly other ones - not sure) stations. 
After you validate your ticket at the kiosk, you enter this "waiting room" which is a floating dock.
There are lots of seats both inside and outside the ferry.
Steps up to the embarking area.

It was fun to see how expert they were with looping the mooring line around the cleat.

                                    Emergency Room entrance, Venice style.

Occasionally, we heard boats with sirens wailing. These water ambulances are part of the Venetian Emergency Medical Service (SUEM) and are equipped with advanced life support equipment.  

 On the way back from Murano, we saw a water ambulance racing through the water and decided to walk past the hospital to see where they were docked.

                      Off to the rescue!

One of the docking areas.
This boat and the two photos below show an ambulance turning around. They are the experts at this kind of maneuvering.