PhotoHunt: "Colorful" Burano! [UPDATED]


If you were to ask anyone in Venice where one could take good photos of things that were "colorful," there would only be one answer... Go to Burano!

So, for this week's PhotoHunt theme, I did just that. I took advantage of what seemed like it would be a mild day yesterday and rode the vaporetto across the northern Venetian lagoon to the little island of jewel-colored houses.

The story about why the buildings are painted so brightly seems to be that, in ancient times, the colors allowed the fishermen to find their way home in the fog (see above!) I don't know, but I just don't quite buy it... Lots of foggy places live off fishing but aren't so vividly painted. Besides, it doesn't explain why practically all the houses look like that, not just those on the waterfront...

No, IMHO, it's because there are few places as melancholically gray as the northern lagoon during the wintertime, and the brilliant colors lend a much-needed joyful glow to what otherwise would likely be a very dreary little place for nearly half the year!

So, for my PhotoHunt entry for this week, here is a "colorful" visit to Burano! Enjoy!!











UPDATED (8/7/2010): Want to see more of multi-colored Venice and Burano? Here's a short but breathtakingly lovely technicolor video called "Around Venice" which celebrates just that! Enjoy!! (via OpenCulture)




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18 comments:

jams o donnell said...

I love the paint schems for those houses, if the sky were grey than I cpuld imagine and Irish village beacouse of thise bright colours

Life Ramblings said...

love the colourful houses with the combination of clear blue skies.

Sandra said...

Love all you photos of Burano. I must agree, that is one colorful place. One of mine is from there too! Have a happy weekend.

Greyscale Territory said...

Nearly every photo is like a gallery of colour! Incredible houses!

YTSL said...

Having color of your own to offset gray winter days makes sense to me. Which is why I never quite understood so many people opt for black, grays and such for winter wear colors! ;b

Sparkle said...

Heh, you are making my human want to travel, which is never a good thing!

Lilian said...

I would like to go to Venice for many reasons, and you've just helped me add one more!

bensrib said...

Beautiful! Someday I'll go there . . .

healingmagichands said...

That is truly an amazing place -- I'm sure the paint stores have a blast mixing all those colors! Whatever the reason for the colorful buildings, I have always loved them whenever I came across them in my travels, and always wondered why suburban america is so in love with beige.

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Annie said...

Burano was just made for this theme! I like your theory about why they paint the houses. Love your photos!

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow now I knew what you are trying to tell us about Burano. This place is indeed colorful and beautiful!! Happy weekend!

PhotoHunt~Colorful

And Miles To Go... said...

what a beautiful place--love all of those different and colorful houses.

Luna Miranda said...

very pretty! what a welcome sight for visitors and fishermen.:p

noel said...

aloha,

i like your interpretation of this weeks them, those are very colorful
homes, i love this island

my colorful interpretation is on my sari blog today, hope you take a look

tnchick ♥ said...

That's so cheery!

TorAa said...

This is such a colourful and clever entry. Simply love your photos.

Carolyn Ford said...

I really love these photos! The color and the blue sky...wow!

e-Mom said...

Isn't this amazing?!? I envy you... you live in a fabulous location!