Sunday May 11th ~ Murano, Italy
Today we once again took a water taxi from the island of Lido (see map above). This time to the island of Murano.
“In 1291, all the glassmakers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires. In the following century, exports began, and the island became famous, initially for glass beads and mirrors. Aventurine glass was invented on the island, and for a while Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe. The island later became known for chandeliers. Although decline set in during the eighteenth century, glassmaking is still the island’s main industry.” ~ Wikipedia
The island is little more than a collection of shops that sell a variety of hand blown glass items; dishes, jewelry, chandeliers, vases, sculptures, animal figurines, Christmas ornaments and more.
Scattered along the way are a few restaurants. The one we chose for lunch turned out to be the saddest excuse for an eating establishment. Now, I can get down almost anything and make due, but I finally had to admit that the lasagna was inedible. I’m sorry but I would not have been surprised to find out they had used dog food and tomato paste layered between soggy noodles. The rolls they put on the table were so hard they could have been used as baseballs.
I can only remember one worse meal, and that was in Spain where the food was actually putrid. Even after we told the waitress that the food was not edible, they charged us for the completely uneaten food.
OK, enough about my ranting.
We walked past several large glass sculptures in town.
And, as in Venice, the canals are an intrical part of the town and what makes this area like nowhere else on earth.
Late in the afternoon we made our way back to Lido, still hungry. There was a restaurant just down the street from our hotel we had watched for the past two days. Every time we have walked by, the place has been packed with a waiting line to get in.
Even though it was Mother’s Day and each table showed a reserved card on it, we asked if by chance they had any opening for this evening. I guess our luck had changed and they found a table right in front by the window for us, and no wait required.
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Gran Viale!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for truffles, fresh home-made pasta and a good glass of wine.