Dad with umbrella in Venice
Christmas Even in Venice!! Luckily many shops and restaurants were open today, contradictory to what I had read on the internet.
First thing was a walk to Saint Marks Sqaure and the Basilica. The square was completely flooded and the only way to cross was on temporary raised platforms.
Lanterns in St. Marks Square
view from St. Mark's Square
St. Marks Square
While walking around the square a man approached and asked if we would like to go to the island of murano where all the glass is made. The taxi ride is free and we would get a tour of the factory.
It didn’t take long to say yes to free and found ourselves on a water taxi for 15 minutes before arriving at Murano.
Murano Glass Factory
Here an Italian met us and brought us in to their factory. He said most people don’t get to see the display area except for retail buyers.
Still making the glass horse
Making a glass horse
During the holidays they make an exception and bring visitors. First a glass blower gave us a demonstration of how to make a horse. The glass is made of a very fine sand and can only be out of the oven for about 1 minute before you cannot manipulate it anymore. It was amazing to watch the blob of glass form a beautiful colored horse.
Next was a walk around the display area where no pictures were allowed. Intricate chandeliers were hanging from every spare inch of the ceiling and started at 100 euros and up. The things in there were too rich for our blood but a candle holder in the gift shop made a nice memento. Luckily another free water taxi dropped us off at Saint Marks square again.
street in Murano
Dog in Murano
A row of souvenir stands lined the water way and amazingly enough Curt and I found a paper mache lion head that was perfect for us.
Saint Mark’s Square was abandoned in search of food which ended up being a nice and very busy pizzeria. The food is my favorite thing it Italy and you can never go wrong with pizza or spaghetti.
Flooded St Marks Square
Navigating our way back to the basilica to have a look inside proved to be a challenge but eventually we arrived. We each spent a few minutes admiring the mosaics on the ceiling but were ready to have a rest and get out of the rain.
According to all my research reservations were a good idea as lots of places closed for the day.
Vecio Fritolin Restaurant
I had a reservation at Vecio Fritolin which turned out to be the worst meal we had. The place was stuffy with no music and not a smile to be seen on the servers faces. I got scampi thinking it would be shrimp but was wrong. I got little squid instead. Everyone made the best of it but the meal really actually sucked. Since most of us were still hungry we had cheese and crackers with wine in the room.