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In BIG pictures: Burano island, Venetian Lagoon

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When we took a trip to Venice last summer there was one place we had heard so much about but we just didn’t have the time to see. It maybe a small island, but Burano with its canals, colourful houses and traditional way of life, has a pretty big reputation. Thankfully for us our writer Lee had the time to venture a little further into the Venetian Lagoon earlier this year…

When you’ve finished exploring the beautiful canals of Venice itself, some of the outlying islands are more than worth a visit in their own right and one of them, Burano, is an essential stop on any travellers itinerary. Its close neighbour Murano is famous for its exemplary glass production but Burano is easily the more photogenic of the two. There’s not a whole lot to actually do on Burano, except relax with a coffee or go shopping for its high-quality lace products, but the real joy is simply wandering around its myriad of impossibly colourful streets and houses. Imagine watching a Technicolour film like The Wizard of Oz for the first time, when you’d only ever seen a black and white movie before, and you’re some way to understanding how vibrant the colours are. Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves…

Thankfully both Murano and Burano can be visited in one leisurely morning using the local Vaporetto boat service, so you can make up your own mind.

Burano Venice

Pretty houses

Water and boats

Blue door




Yellow Door


Lee mostly spent his formative years as a junior Spielberg wannabe, devouring movies in front of a cinema screen, but then a “year out” after graduating turned into a not-too-shabby six years of working, travelling and volunteering across the globe and thus a change of career beckoned. Attempting to satisfy his curiosity and passion for discovery both at home and abroad, he became a concierge at a top London hotel and a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or, whilst still finding time to visit over 60 countries. Although UK based, through travelling he’s cannily found a way to combine all his passions – seeking out film locations, off-the-beaten track adventures and wildlife encounters with orangutans, whale sharks, gorillas and polar bears all while wearing an eternal smile on his face. He counts New Zealand, Tanzania, Denmark and Borneo among his favourite travel destinations. Follow Lee on Google+


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