The constant Corona news doesn’t let me forget Italy. I hold on to the memories of how I saw it last summer- breathtaking, bustling with life, impromptu street concerts, delicious food and wine to sign off each day.
I remember evenings in Venice, shadowy inky gondolas bobbing on the dark blue Adriatic Sea, under the indigo sky.
Across the Venetian Lagoon were Murano and Burano.
Our first stop was Murano in a noisy vaporetto on an extraordinarily clear day.
Murano was all sparkle and shine, transparent vivid hues that made me glassy eyed.
I was in the glass capital of the world!
The display cases blazed with spectacular sculptures and jewellery in a riot of colours but unfortunately all came with a caveat, ‘No Photography‘. We sat for a 3 Euros each, glassblowing session conducted by a silent glass blower and overseen by an extremely rude man. It wasn’t memorable and I suppose my photos reflect the disappointment. Hence none made the cut here.
Anyway, walking along the narrow canals and over the island’s many small bridges, popping into tiny shops, sipping a Bellini on a hot summer day was exactly what the doctor ordered. We were in high spirits.
The next island was Burano. I was told it was a lacemaker’s paradise, creams and white came to my mind.
I was in for a surprise!
Burano turned out to be a Wonderland and I was Alice. Every house and shop was drenched in splashes of brilliant colours.
As we walked deeper into the island, by the canals, exploring shops, alleys and backyards, neon greens clashed with sunny yellows, shades of pink, orange, red, rows of washing hung on the lines against bright purple walls, it was a feast for the eyes (the colours of course). Name it and it was out there.
Today I hear the colour palette has been reduced to a red (as in quarantined red zones). I am reminded of WW2 stories, every dystopian novel, zombie outbreak film I have read or seen. Not a pretty thought at all.
Anyway, it is the same all over the world and we are all in this together. I’m hopeful that we will be back to the full box of crayons soon.
Till then, sharing the joyous colours of the Venetian Isles!
On the hunt for joy challenge : Colour code
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