November 8th, 2015 @ // No Comments

Winter in Venice. Part 2

 The following day I woke up full of anticipation, immediately I rushed to the windows of my room to enjoy the beautiful view to the old city. I was full of energy, although I knew that a difficult day was waiting for me. I had big plans for that day.

I decided to have a typical Italian breakfast. It became such a tradition for me to have national breakfasts in all countries I visit all around the world. It moves me closer to the culture and traditions of those countries. So, not thinking for a long, I dropped into a local café near my hostel. It was really lovely, and the perfect smell of Italian pastry spread through the streets for many kilometers.

I ordered breakfast, which consisted of latte macchiato, brochette with mozzarella and tomatoes, and a croissant with jam. It was not so hearty and nutritious as the Englishmen have, so I ordered famous panini with a fried egg, cheese and bacon. I didn’t regret – it was very delicious. While I was eating, my iPhone that was completely discharged after the night (unfortunately, I didn’t charge it during the night) was charging with Volts Lightning Cable.

After my tasty breakfast I was ready to go on traveling. That day I was planning to do a great journey to visit Venice’s outlying islands in the Venetian Lagoon. I booked a tour in advance. Our first destination was Murano island, where glass is still being made. There you can find old twisted ways, the museum of glass with unique showpieces, the Church of Santa Maria e San Donato which is known for its twelfth century Byzantine mosaic pavement and is said to contain the relics of Saint Donatus of Arezzo.

Our next destination was Burano island, which is situated beyond Murano. It is known for its brightly colored homes. The colors of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development. We visited the Church of San Martino with its bell tower and a famous painting by Giambattista Tiepolo.

The atmosphere on these two islands is very quiet and peaceful, they are ideal places for those who want to simply relax and run away from overwhelming noise and crowds of Venice. But it is not for me, I liked those islands, but I’d rather prefer noisy places.

I came back to Venice at 7 p.m. and, fortunately, I managed to see the carnival. It was unforgettable! I had never seen such event in my life. There were crowds of people in various costumes of middle-aged kings, queens, different scarecrows and so on. And of course, they wore famous Venetian masks, which are considered one of the symbols of Venice. All that procession was smart, extensive and pompous. I was amazed and had a passionate desire to join them, but I didn’t have appropriate clothes.

What I could do was to buy such a mask in souvenir’s shop as a keepsake – and I did it. I spent some time looking at the carnival and headed for my hostel to have a rest after such an eventful day!


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