Let Your Heart Speak
How to get to the island of Burano from Venice – arise early. Alicia and I are two of only four passengers aboard the 07:10 vaporetto on a bright Sunday in November 2018.
The ferry skits past Murano. Venice is framed in the distance.
Here we are in Burano, an artist’s paradise of multi-coloured dwellings. And we seem to be almost the only people up.
We immerse ourselves in the joy of colour. We become part of the colour.
Like the other islands in the lagoon, Burano has a network of canals.
At first the water remains inside them.
But then –
Look at this!!!
The tide is coming in. Even the town square is morphing into a lake as water pops up through holes. The locals are laughing at me as I exclaim madly and photograph their morning coffee turning wet. They’re perfectly used to it.
Raised platforms are erected, ready for the spread of water.
A nonchalant local goes about his day as usual…
…while a tourist improvises…
I am overwhelmed by the almost silent beauty of the changing landscape. A little lapping sound perhaps…and a breeze.
Alicia and I continue our walk and our photography.
(Let there be light)
We wander across a pedestrian bridge to Mazzorbo, a tiny piece of land adjoining Burano. There is a market garden/vineyard which is open to wander through. In the garden is a sign which reads, “Let your heart speak“. This is a message to the school children of Burano who are invited to partake in the creativity of the garden. I am touched, and write it down so I don’t forget.
We peek inside the 13th century Chiesa di Santa Caterina, then pay our respects to those who reside in her graveyard. This is a view back to Burano through chrysanthemums outside the cemetery.
By the time we meander back to Burano the tide has receded. Wet pathways glisten. Any remaining water has been pushed back into the canals by brisk brooms.
The tourists have arrived. Shops are open. The town begins its Sunday trade. Alicia spends time in the lace museum while I walk and photograph. (The dog comes over to say hello and gets a warm reception from me.)
The cat (typically) ignores me.
Colours, colours, colours!!!
I discover that Burano has its very own leaning bell tower (17th century).
And finally I return to Alicia back at the designated meeting place. I manage to capture her while she is unaware of me.
Thank you Burano. This morning excursion is one of the highlights of our Italian trip. It is nothing short of a magical mystery tour…a mother-and-daughter special!
Let us all endeavour to take the message in the Mazzorbo garden into 2019 – and beyond. Happy New Year! Let your heart speak.