Wednesday, 10 June 2009

HOLIDAY IN ITALY

Well worth enlarging for detail.
Our first view of Limone - what a Lake Garda guide book called....' perhaps the most charming place in Lake Garda' ... where we stayed on the hillside overlooking the town. This shot above was taken from a little mini bus that took us from the airport at Veronna around the top of the lake down to Limone.

This is a view from the roof terrace above our room.

We could not have asked for more - delightful hotel (Royal Village) in extensive grounds with wonderful facilities and food. Live music in the bar in the evenings, drink on tap all day and amazing views overlooking the lake from our balcony. A well earned rest and not a sketchbook in sight!!


Had a day in Venice - lovely and sunny and not too crowded.
first view of Venice.....................and reflections

View down the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge. You can see the waterbus on the left (square flat top) we took all the way down to St Mark's Square.
The inevitable gondolers at £20 per half hour ride per person!!!!!!
Another day up in the Dolomites - again sunny day with some cloud and amazing views after taking the cable car to the top. Visited some lovely villages on our way . I'll post some images tomorrow.

Another lovely trip was across the lake by ferryboat to Malcesine one evening for a piano and clarinet concert in the castle and another longer visit on our anniversary roaming the quaint streets.
Laughing as we wait for our lunch in a little piazza in Malcesine on the day of our anniversary.

Back to the grind now with two commissions to complete by the end of the month before starting two works for the Towers in East Anglia Show to be held in Felixstowe in July.
Hope you missed me!!?? More to come tomorrow - if you can face it!!

8 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

Yes you were missed but glad to see you are back and with beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. Now get to work - LOL

Candy said...

I definitely missed you. I kept checking your blog to see what was going on. Your photos are gorgeous. I'm ready to hop the next flight to Italy. (I wish I could.) Now I'm waiting to see your next batch of pictures and the paintings to come from them.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Oooooh. What a lovely vacation...and so many paintings waiting to be created now! Glad you're home safe and sound.

RHCarpenter said...

Definitely missed you but glad you were having such a wonderful time on your anniversary trip :) Now back to work and back to blogging, girl :)

Joan Y said...

OMG, OMG, OMG! Your photos from your trip are incredible! I bet you have a lot of reference photos now! Can't wait to see more wonderful paintings from Venice and all of the other places you visited! Wow! Thanks for sharing! :)

Margaret Ann said...

What a romantice place for a getaway!!! A treasure trove of futer painting I hope! :) Welcome back home!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sorry to say painting from my ref photos will have to wait - probably until the late Autumn/Winter, as I have so many commitments till then... but like the idea of going back to the YUPO technique when I start re-creating my wonderful trip.

Anita Davies said...

I am GREEN with envy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!