My Most Memorable Cups of Coffee

Coffee is not memorable because it is a daily habit. However, when I took up sketching in a travel notebook last October, daily moments have become etched in my memory. Sketching forces the brain to assess and understand the details of the surroundings, one becomes...

Hotel Belvedere – Not Just a Bike Hotel

This past month I visited Riccione, Italy to scout an Italian Painting Trip for 2018. I joined the Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride, a cycling trip from Vancouver, as an initial starting point for the artistic experience.   We stayed at the Hotel Belvedere in Riccione,...

My Sketchbook while Exploring Italy

Last week I traveled through the provinces of Emilia Romagna & Marche in Italy. Here are the pages of my sketchbook inspired by what I saw. Page #1 – First stop after landing in Italy I went to Piazza Maggiore in Bologna Page #2 – Home base at Hotel Belvedere in...

Inspiring Places to Visit in Sicily

Back in the summer of 2014, I was bumped-up a level in Italian language class due to low enrollment. On the first day of class, we were discussing the economics of Sicily in Italian. This was well beyond both my vocabulary and pace for conversational Italian. Plus,...

The Art of Noticing: Travel Sketchbook #1

Art allows us to notice what we have seen & the act of sketching allows us spend focused time noticing the world around us. One of my favorite books “Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton elaborates on the things we miss by rushing through our travel...

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