Please forgive how late this post is...after my backpack was stolen in Rome with all my Artworks, Journals and Materials from the whole trip I kinda lost my step a little...
Day 8 Travel Day-
Today we loaded up the van (yep thats someone lending a hand in there) and headed for the Cinque terre... From Dolceacqua to Monterosso is about 260 ks and we had a lovely 2 and a half hour drive with lots of dozing and snoozing, subdued chatting and laughter.
As sad as it was to leave our hideaway in the hills, we were excited about the next part of our adventure...
Our arrival in Monterosso was ushered in by Police keeping the Tourists out of the old town streets. We had to ditch the van and the driver and head off on foot to the Hotel Margherita...and boy, what a place to call home for the next 5 days! Perfect location, great views, awesome staff, lovely food and comfy rooms...gotta love that!
Now back to the Art stuff...
Day 9 Riomaggoire- the southernmost town on the Cinque terre
A short train ride from our new digs in Monterosso and our painting location for today. Once we arrived at the little harbour we headed straight for the action where we found a great little cafe perched up high, away from the crowds of tourists and with an uninterrupted view of curved stone walls beside angled steps that hugged the coastline all the way to the gorgeous unexplainable blue greens of the crystal clear water.
Day 10 Vernazza- our favourite so far...
The open cafes sprawled across the space, with people enjoying the food, the drinks, the company and the space, the whole feel of this square in quite unique and special! What a sensational place to spend our Art Class today...so blessed!
Day 11 Monterosso & Corniglia- two paintings sessions today... (lucky ducks)
After lunch and siesta (a practice we're all growing to love) we caught a train to Corniglia with an intent to do another painting session followed by dinner then catch a train home later.
I must admit it was a bit of a marathon but we did it! Weary and willful we went the distance and created some lovely little images and vivid memories of this lovely place. After we finished, we found a cafe and had a wine, and changed our dinner plans because of limited transport from here to the train station where we headed back to Monterosso to dine.
Day 12 Villa Adriana grounds
This was the first afternoon session we had done with close up forms and the low strong afternoon light that cast long dark shadows just added to the sense of place and drama. So with the backdrop of arches and circular topped cut glass windows nestled in typical Tuscan Ochre colours and sanctioned by local stone walls the crackle of Creativity filled the air. It was nice to stay 'home' today...
Day 13 Manarola last painting day
Another short train ride beginning at 9 am took us to the only village we hadn't been to on the Cinque terre and the location of our last painting day of the Tour. There are many walks along this rugged coastline and the views are unique and magnificent, many of us wanted to participate while we were here but were unable to as they were closed due to landslides. What we discovered when we arrived in Manarola and had a little wander was that a walkway that meandered along a ridge through gardens and orchards and eventually lead down to the sea was open and we could take the long way to our location...we were stoked!
Day 14 Pisa...our last night of the Art Tour
Day 15- Departure...very early morning transfer to Pisa Airport!
Would we all do it again?
You bet we will...if you'd like to come with us, just keep watching, there will definitely be another...soon!