Glass Beach, California … It’s Real!

I finally made it to Glass Beach, after years of hearing about this magical sea glass destination. And one of the first pieces I found is this nearly-perfect sea glass heart. I’m not even kidding.

Magical.

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The beach was smaller than I expected, and quite unspectacular from the bluff above, but it did not disappoint. It was covered in sea glass, although apparently over the years the quantity and variety has diminished. At least now it’s protected from beachcombers – by law, and by a closed staircase. So you have to do a little rock-scrambling to get there, but it’s worth it. [UPDATE: The staircase is now open, but the glass is greatly diminished, sadly]

And it’s all because a bunch of idiots dumped trash in the ocean years ago. That’s what nature does with our trash – reclaims it, and recycles it into little treasures.

BUT WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO THE BEACH…

All that history…just laying there…

and yes, I left my heart on glass beach…

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Just north of Mendocino in Fort Bragg, California, on Highway 1
http://www.fortbragg.com/explore/glass-beach/

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It would be hard to NOT fall in love here…

Burano, Italy -- Photo by Stephanie Roberts, http://ObsessiveHobbyist.com

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, http://ObsessiveHobbyist.com

Burano is a colorful island in the Venice Lagoon. It’s about a 30-minute boat ride from Venice and it’s a gorgeous tour of the island from the water. The day I visited, there was a regatta (lucky!), so the boat dropped us off at the stop before the main dock, and we had to walk a short distance along this gorgeous path. It was Sunday, and I suspect this adorable couple had been to church and were out strolling.