Lido, Burano and Murano...
These are pretty islands that surround Venice. It is very interesting that in spite of having such a prominent neighbor, these islands have managed to maintain a very unique personality.
Murano is a little island that is very famous for it's glass work. This place is teeming with glass factories, and beautiful shops that sell exquisite glasses. More than once did my eyes pop out to see the price of a wine-glass set marked at 6000 Âs (7200 USD). Reason: apart from the glass being exquisite, the craftsmen integrated fine slivers of real gold into their work.
People like me do a good job at keeping safe distance from such precious stuff - a nudge here, a push there and we could spend a good fraction of our lives paying up for something we wouldn't drink out of!
Burano is a sister island and in sharp contrast has nothing to do with glass. This island characterised by pastel colored homes specializes in fine lace / crochet work. Yes, lace! It even has a lace museum and the women in this island indulge in beautifully fine, thin and detailed laceworks that impress the onlooker.
Last but not the least, Lido is the famous island that has given it's name to a film festival and to at least one Cinema Hall I know of! This island is home to really rich people.
Talking of richness, would you expect this little cutie in such a place?
To sign this blog off, I must leave you with one of the most beautiful sunsets experienced at Lido...