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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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Scenes from Italy: Awesome Api!

Those little scooter trucks that you see in Mediterranean countries and around the world are "Api." The "Ape" (pronounced "A-PAY"), which means "bee" in Italian, was - like the famous Vespa - created after World War II to give Italians an affordable means of transportation, in this case for merchants and craftsmen to carry their wares.

But just get a load of this load! As you can see here in this shot I took today on Venice's Lido, they really are sturdy little things!!

Previously on *MMC*: "a fantastic little animated short of a love-struck octopus' rescue from one of those cute tiny "ape" scooter trucks on a small Greek island... It's a hoot! Enjoy!!"

Fun with Music Videos and Fine Art

A clever little music video has come out that recreates some of the greatest artworks of all time!

In "70 Million" by Hold Your Horses...

...the group brings to life 26 different paintings. I thought it might be fun to compare the originals and their homages in the video side-by-side. Enjoy!!

And, for reference sake, the works recreated in the video were...

Leonardo – The Last Supper; Botticelli – The Birth of Venus; Rembrandt – The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp; Holbein the Younger - Henry VIII and Vermeer – Girl With a Pearl Earring ; Géricault – The Raft of the Medusa; David – The Death of Marat; Michelangelo – The Creation of Adam; Magritte – The Son of Man; Mondrian; Frida Kahlo – Self-Portrait; Munch – The Scream; Picasso – Portrait of Dora Maar; Van Gogh – Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear; Warhol – Marilyn; Unknown artist (Fontainebleau school) – Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters; Cimabue - Madonna and Child in Majesty with Six Angels; Caravaggio – Salome with the Head of John the Baptist; Manet – Olympia; Delacroix – Liberty Leading the People; Otto Dix – Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden; Klimt – The Kiss; Chagall – La Mariee; Velazquez – Las Meninas; Van Gogh – Sunflowers