Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Lovely trip to Venice again!

A weekend away on the August bank holiday sounded like a great idea but with sky high prices it took me quite a while to find a good deal! We flew with BA again and luckily it was problem free for once!

Still in love with the location and service of our hotel LaGare M Gallery on the Murano Island. They provide a handy free shuttle to and from the hotel and the building still retains much of its original features. 

We missed the opening times for Vittorio Costantini on our previous trip so we were extremely excited about visiting his studio on this trip! Once your in his shop/ studio you will find yourself surrounded by his amazing glass work including birds, butterflies, beetles and sea creatures. Each piece is painstakingly mastered using different coloured glass and the iridescent colours make them extremely life like. Unfortunately we did not get the beetle which was my favourite but with a price tag of 300 Euros it was a bit over my budget! We settled for a beautiful dragonfly instead and I'm very happy with my purchase! I'm definitely going to save up and get more pieces on my next trip to Venice!

As well as glass work, Venice also has many traditional stationery and printing shops and I just cannot get enough of them! They stock everything that you can ever use paper to make ranging from postcards, posters, book marks to larger items such as pen holders, storage trays and folders/ holders. Most of the printing shops also stock their own designed stamps and ink pads. I got my self a couple of stamps and an ink pad from Il Pavone for my new designs!

Dotted around Venice especially in the squares are some very talented artists selling their artwork. Most of artists use the beautiful sceneries of Venice for their work. I came across an artist named Marco whose work I fell in love with the moment I saw it. He uses only a black charcoal for his black and white drawings!

On our final day we went back to Burano as we loved it when we visited on our last trip. The colourful houses makes this island so unique and magical. Every house seems like something out of a postcard and its nice to see the locals going about their day on the island. If you ever visit Venice I would highly recommend taking the 40 minute boat journey to this lovely island. We cannot wait to go back to Venice, I can never get bored of the venetian masks and paper products! Hopefully we'll be able to go there again in the near future! Meow Box x

Artist Marco with 40 years experience in drawings of Venice

My drawing by Marco!

You can never get tired of the view of the Grand Canal

some miniatures in a venetian paper art shop

lovely miniature desk

We bought this amazing glass dragonfly!

Other glass wildlife by Vittorio Constantini

View from the Rialto Bridge

The beautiful Burano houses

Miniature magnets seen on the Burano Island

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