Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
244Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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We knew how to get there and went by water bus to the railroad station then hoped on water bus #42. It was pulling up to the dock as we got off waterbus #2 so we ran to get on and didn't stop to check which direction it was going
An enterprising factory close to the water bus had a tout standing there directing people to their shop. We entered but only stayed a few minutes. As it was almost 2 p.m., we stopped at the first café we came to and ordered a pizza. Then we set off up the canal side. The whole island is one long row of glass shops along the canal side. We chose to go in a few and look at earrings and necklaces and glass fish and other things. Finally we made a couple of purchases.
Further along the canal was a large blue glass structure in a plaza. Looked like a fallen star. The canal we were following ran into a larger canal. Around the corner and into a shop that also advertised a factory. There we found some more items we liked and as we were paying, we asked to see the factory. The salesman said they were closing soon because the glass blowers start at around 4 in the morning because it is still warm enough during the day that they like to finish early
We finally left and made our way back to the dock. The first boat that came by was way overcrowded so we decided to wait for the next. It was another 4 boats before one came for us. All the Italians board the boat from the exit side so they got on the boat before anyone else had a chance and then the boat was way overcrowded again. Oh well, we only had to go two stops.
Murano glass is very well known all over the world. I just love it. Would so love to have more but it’s going to have to wait for the next trip.