Murano & Burano: The Venetian lagoon Islands

Visiting Murano & Burano Islands is the best way to spend your time away from Venice’s busy crowds during summertime. I’ve heard of these two islands of the Venetian lagoon, but never thought I was ever going there until now that I visited Venice. We got the Vaporetto (water bus) from Venice early in the morning and firstly got off at Murano and then moved on to Burano Island. With a €20 day ticket you can use the Vaporetto as much as you wish for 24 hours so this was a good opportunity to take a trip to these two islands. There’s no point to pay for a private tour on these islands or take a private taxi to get there. The Vaporetto is the cheapest solution to take you there. You’ll need to half a day in order to visit both. To be honest, we went to the kiosk shop to purchase a Vaporetto ticket and the owner advised us to get the 24 hour ticket and visit first Murano, have lunch in Burano and take the Vaporetto via Lido to come back to Venice. Murano – the island of glass Murano is famous for glassmaking and until today it still preserves the secrets of antique glass manufacturing. The skilful techniques and skilled hands have produced some amazing pieces.  As soon as you get of the Vaporetto you will see factory glasses and many shops selling glass. You can’t miss Campo Stanto Stefano spot with the abstract blue glass sculpture in the middle of the square. It’s Large enough to amaze you. We didn’t have the chance to visit a factory glass since they are closed during summer because of the hot weather (in order to manufacture glass they use heat) which makes it unbearable for the workers. Authentic Murano glass is very expensive but it’s beautiful. We entered some shops displaying and selling Murano glass sculptures and jewellery and they were stunning. We were amazed. Be careful when buying Murano glass and have in mind that authentic glass holds a trademark ‘Vetro Murano Artistico’.  Avoid buying cheap glass from souvenir [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:26+03:00August 26th, 2015|

Milos, the Greek island of colours

The volcanic activity during the ancient years provided the Greek island Milos with an exciting variety of gorgeous colorful landscapes, offering visitors a variety of activities. The beautiful strange shapes of the rocks and their wonderful colours at the beautiful white sandy beaches are one expression of the volcanic features of Mílos. Deciding to visit Milos, just came out of the blue. We decided with two friends of mine to go on a short summer holiday somewhere in Greece and wanted to visit a destination which is not so popular. We didn't know anything about Milos apart from the fact that it's an island in the south west of the Cyclades Islands and that the island is famous from the Aphrodite statue which was found there. Milos is an island with amazing landscapes, crystal clear beaches, with rocky environment. Reaching Milos From Cyprus to reach Milos it's a long journey. We got the plane from Larnaca to Athens and then we had to wait for the ship from Piraeus to Milos. If you are lucky to get a Speedrunner ship then it will take you 4 hours to reach Milos. It took us 7 hours on the ship (Adamas Korais) to get to Milos. Accommodation We stayed at Iliopetra Rooms, near the Adamas port. I totally recommend staying there, apart from the fact that it's cheap, it's clean and the staff was very friendly! BOOK YOUR MILOS HOTEL FIND YOUR IDEAL MILOS HOTEL ON THE MAP Booking.com During our first night we walked around the Adamas port, we had the greek souvlaki and looked to find a ship for the next day to go on a cruise. We compared the routes and prices which were offered and booked our trip for the next day. Before booking a cruise you need to see the destination of the ship and the wind. We visited Milos at the beginning of August and it was very windy. We eventually booked Thalassitrsa who was very honest regarding the windy weather and said that they were only going to take the safe route and [...]

2019-05-20T21:06:37+03:00August 15th, 2013|
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