14 August 2014

Colour my World

It's a grey old day here in Perth and my day dreams are
 transporting me to a most colourful place
 I visited on my recent trip in Italy.

The island of Burano is somewhere 
I wanted to see for myself
 and of course photograph the colourful houses it is famous for.

  Now reliant on fishing and tourism, 
Burano is actually made up of four small islands linked by bridges.

Home to just 3,000 residents, called Buranelli, they speak 
a different dialect of Venetian, 
 even though Venice lies just 7 kms across the lagoon.

Living in a high density situation with very little green space
means a garden for many consists of numerous flower pots which all adds to the appeal.

Apart from the many boats, there are no vehicles,
 but the children can ride bicycles ...

   ... and there seems to be one parked outside most houses!

 At first glance the almost garish colours have you pondering 
why the Italians would choose to do this, with their usual preference for more subtle shades such as ochre and terracotta,
 or the soft gelati tones ...

But after spending hours wandering the back streets and lanes
 I came to a happy acceptance that Burano is indeed a most charming 
and unique place and will be etched in my visual memory for ever.

 Legend has it that the fisherman originally painted their houses 
in bright colours so they could be recognised 
through the fog as they sailed home.
Others say they were painted to match their boats...

Apparently specific colours have been used by the same families 
for centuries and over time a colouring system has developed.
These are strictly regulated and must be approved 
by a government department!

Wow and wow again!

Part two to follow ...

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