So before I start telling you about today’s events in Florence, I must tell you that this blog may have never happened!  Three days before we left for Italy, John and JoAnn Carbaugh took Maria and me to dinner.  John suggested that I start a blog to keep everyone informed about our experiences in Italy, and the rest is history!  So you can all thank John by making him your Financial Advisor!  (John is picking us up at the airport in a few weeks, so I admit to shamelessly giving him this recognition to further encourage him to show up at the Dulles Airport!)

Today was another relatively quiet day for us.  I had a wonderful guest speaker come to talk to my Italian economics class this morning.  She spoke about the labor market and her experiences as an American working for an Italian fashion company.  My afternoon class continued their exploration of Renaissance art.  Maria and the boys also worked hard today on their school work!  This evening we attended a wine tasting event with our students – we tasted some Italian white wines.  Yes, there are white wines in Italy.  And then we went to dinner with Alison Fram, one of my students here, and her family.  They are visiting over the Easter holiday.

So my pictures today come from the island of Murano.  We visited Murano on Saturday afternoon.  It was a short vaporetto (water bus) ride from Venice.  Murano is the island famous for beautiful glass making.  We visted a glass making factory and spent some time in the many shops on the small island.

Here are a few pictures that I took on the ride over to Murano:

At the glass making factory:

It took about one minute for the craftsman to make this horse.

Here is a picture of some of the glass ornaments in a store window:

Here are some sculptures in a store.  The one on the left was priced at 13,000 Euros.  We instructed Nicholas and Thomas to stay 10 feet away from each other and to keep their hands at their sides! 

Thomas hanging out while Mom was shopping:

And finally, some great views of Murano and another potential Christmas card picture!


One Response to “Murano”

  1. Tim Says:

    These blog entries are great. You’ve done so much on your time in Italy! Can’t wait to see you guys again when you’re home.

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