A week in Cinque Terre is a great introduction to an Italian workshop. Great food and wine, beautiful scenery and friendly people. We spent our days moving between the villages painting and sketching. Villa Adriana, where we stayed for the week, provided excellent meals – although Antipasto, Pasta, Main and Dessert were more than most of us could handle!
Wine Delevery – Manarola
Manarola – buildings by the sea
Amanda – Watching Chickens
Painting in Riomaggiore
What I thought was an ideal place to paint in Riomaggiore turned out to be the only place wide enough for delivery vans to turn around, so lots of juggling easels in between washes.
Old Town – Monterosso
Monterosso – Small truck pees on sidewalk.
Fishing Boats – Monterosso
Manarola – from the water
Very Italian – National Park sign advising against stilettos for the walk between Monterosso and Vernazza.
Cliffs near Monterosso
Early Morning Vernazza
Blue Umbrellas – Vernazza
Vernazza before sunrise.
Between Vernazza and Monterosso someone has set up a feeding bay and shelter for stray cats. This guy hung around behind a mesh fence for a pat and a handful of dry cat food.
Small bridge on path between Vernazza and Monterosso
The towns and villages of Puglia are similar in style to the villages of Northern Italy, but the earthier colored sandstone and marble is replaced by lighter, often whitewashed surfaces. The most obviously different architecture is found around the town of Alberobello in the Itria Valley.
Martina Franca – a labyrinth of pale marble and white walls.
Main Square – Martina Franca
Dry stone walled and conical roofed Trulli buildings of the Itria Valley
Immaculate old Fiat.
Trulli houses, Alberobello.
Well worn stairs – Alberobello
Rain in Lecce
Cruising the hills around Pisa in a Fiat 500 driven like a Ferrari – What a lot of fun.
Our workshop in Cinque Terre doesn’t start for 10 days, so we flew from Rome to Brindisi then caught a train along the east coast to Polignano where we met up with Amanda and Gordon for a week by the Adriatic.
I guess some people have trouble remembering which door to drive through and which door to walk through
Our balcony in Polignano – Balmy breezes, local meats and vegetables, Birra Moretti and Limoncello.
Polignano is built on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the Adriatic
We were luck enough to coincide our visit with the Red Bull world Cliff Diving Championships. These towers are almost 30metres above the sea.
Competitors jump from the towers, perform a series of twists and somersaults to slow their decent, then land feet first in the water at over 80 kph.
Water entry can shatter bones and damage organs if not done correctly, so there were a lot more spectators than competitors.
Following a great workshop in Calgary, we spent a few days with friends John and Lyla. We did a road trip up to Canmore and through the Rockies to Jasper. The scenery was spectacular and John, being a geologist, gave us a great insight into the landscape we were traveling through. He also arranged for bears, mountain goats and rock hopping mountain sheep to be spread out along our route! What a treat.
A feast of ribs and chicken at John and Lyla’s.
Late nesting Robin – Canmore
Intense Blue/Green lake above Canmore.
The three small dots on the white line at the bottom left of this glacier are huge 6wd buses.
After our workshop at Dillman’s we headed off to Toronto to meet up with my brother and his wife for a few days. We had an apartment in the downtown area and spent our time exploring the district, visiting some fantastic pubs, restaurants and museums.
We enjoyed the area around Kensington Markets. Lots of interesting shops and cafes.
Photographer suffers near miss from car on wrong side of road as subjects look on with amusement.
Naked Tai Chi
Street art with hanging basket
Long forgotten balcony
Helmut, from Inglewood B&B in Calgary, took me to see a family of owls he has been watching for the past five years. It was interesting to learn about their habits and history as we explored the bush to find them.
Another great workshop at Dillmans Bay Resort. A fantastic group of people, beautiful surroundings, lots of painting in a big well lit studio and wining and dining in the surrounding towns. What a lot of fun.