Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mappiness Part Two

I've been wanting to rave about this book ever since I first received it in the post. Not only is it an excellent read that transports you to several different million miles away from nowheres, it is also beautifully bound (in signatures), typset and illustrated - all by the author herself, and won the German Arts Foundation prize for the Most Beautiful Book of the Year! I can't recommend it highly enough!

In other map news, I picked up some great little treats whilst in venice - A clipboard, notepad and pack of 5 bookmarks depicting various Italian cities (Venice included). All by Fabriano.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Moats and Boats and Waterfalls

Paul and I have just got back from a lovely trip to the Venetian Riviera. The majority of our time was spent swimming, reading, relaxing and even tanning (no mean feat for pale ole me!), but we also took day trips out to the island of Venice, and Burano.

I do love a good boat trip on holiday, so Venice was pretty much a dream! I'd LOVE to live in a place where I'd have to take a boat to work every day! Especially in a place that does such good ice cream!

Theres plenty more photos on my Flickr but heres a small(ish) selection...

Burano was also full of boaty goodness, along with row upon row of coloured houses. Apparently, historically this helped the fishermen to identify their own houses after an afternoon of heavy drinking! Nowadays, if a family wishes to paint their house, they must write to the council to request permission before being sent a list of permissible colours!

We went on a bit of a grizzly day so the whole island was close to being empty! Such a change to the constant crowds of Venice...

And now we're back home already. A week never seems quite long enough...