Sunday, April 19, 2015

It's Time to Smell the Roses

I'm taking a break from posting colorful Venetian architecture to give way to colorful and fragrant roses. You see this afternoon (Sunday) we went to see if the roses at the Berkeley Rose Garden are in bloom. It is after all mid April and the weather had been warm. Unfortunately though the garden is not in full bloom yet, but there were roses that blossomed early so we were not fully disappointed. Plus, it was such a pleasant sunny day, a gorgeous day to be out and about.

Here are the pictures I took of the short visit.

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Rose may be my most favorite of all flowers. I cannot be sure. However, what I know for a fact is that I just adore roses. I hope we could find a way to be back here in the summer time when the garden is in full bloom.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Burano Bliss

In Burano, we were flat out flabbergasted. To say it was beautiful was an understatement. The island, or what little we saw, was a total heaven for me. The colorful houses were delightful. The little canal in the middle of town was charming. The whole town is so picturesque that we embraced our tourist status to the fullest in our very limited time. This is my favorite Venetian island of the four I've seen (Venice, Murano, Burano and Lido)

Burano is known for lacemaking and its brightly colored houses. I read that the colors of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development and if one wants to paint his house, he has to send a request to the government who will then reply with the colors allowed for use.

Floating ruins near Burano.

Are we there yet?

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Priorities met.

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Well dressed men.

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Pink bike on peach wall.

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Door shade?

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Not crowded.

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Blessed window.

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Must be the lateness of the afternoon, but I thought the locals outnumber the tourists, especially when we reached St. Martin church and the square where the church was located was filled with school-age kids playing.


Church - view from the square.

Church from the canal view, with leaning tower.



The non-touristy area.

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One last shot of Burano from the water bus as we sailed away.

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