|10" x 7", ink and watercolor, Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook|
The building near Lupia is a fantastic restaurant where they serve the most delicious gluten free pizza. I couldn't get enough of it! The COOP supermarket in Bolzano Vicentino is where we did most of our grocery shopping.
In Marostica, we ate our first gelato and explored the 14th century castle on the hill. Nove, just 25 minutes from our home base, is world famous for their ceramics. We visited several of the small shops and were impressed with the beautiful hand-painting on the pottery.
The funny-looking trees (shown above) were a memorable part of the local scenery. The severe pruning they receive every year or two causes all the branches to grow from the thick, stubby trunk. The cut branches are used as fuel for the winter.
One of our favorite places was the wine country around Lake Garda. The hilltop view from San Giorgio is something I'll never forget. I'll tell you all about it on page 18 of my journal.
Our one day in Venice gave us a taste of that magical place and made me long to go back some day when I'll have more time to explore.
Vicenza was just a 20-minute drive from our house. It's a lovely city with many buildings designed in the 16th century by Andrea Palladio. Our trip to the weekly flea market was such a treat! Everything from clothing and household goods to octopus, cheese, and salami was offered for sale. But the flower stalls were the best! Oh, the colors!
There was beauty everywhere we looked ... red-tile roofs, warm golden walls, old wooden shutters, and window boxes filled with pansies and trailing ivy. I wanted to draw it all! One small travel journal filled with simple watercolor sketches can't begin to capture the experience of being there. But pausing to look, listen, study, absorb, and record on paper what I saw and felt has made Italy a lasting part of me.