Burano: colour, concrete, and islands – part one

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It was always about building the biggest and brightest house with lego. If patience – and number of bricks – allowed, we would try to build whole streets of them.

Burano might just be the best real-life lego town you could hope to find. Take a boat from the north side of Venice and in 40 minutes you’ll find yourself on this wonderfully surreal island.

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The serenity of Burano in November was like nothing else. The streets were quiet, though not empty, without a single sound of an engine or motor. Instead I could just hear the warbling song of an exotic bird whose cage was hanging out of a bright blue window (as pictured below in the top right).

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But the houses are far from serene; they’re very loud.

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And with no roads to separate them they’re tightly compacted against each other.

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The island is also a concrete jungle. The density of houses is incredibly high, leading right up to the island’s edge. And what’s interesting about the place is the idea that somewhere so built-up could be so incredibly quiet.

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Potted plants, however, are in abundance.

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Burano is very much geared up for tourism, and the town centre is crammed full of shops selling lace and glass.


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But turn a corner or two, and you are once again surrounded by colourful tranquility and decaying beauty.

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