My three amigos! Al Tofanelli did the translating for us. So fun to listen to him converse with the locals. Carole Gray Weihman, really our fearless leader and organizer of this amazing trip. And my sweet husband Ray Roberts, amazing painter and philosopher. This was taken at the Plaza del Signoria. Uffizzi is right around the corner and there is a copy of Michelangelo's "David" in this plaza.
Here is Carole setting up her paints outside of our Fiat Van we had for the trip. This beast was so great! And man, can she drive this baby. I made my self a little "X-files" nest in one of the seats and I was a happy camper. Drove all over Italy in this.
Two great painting buds! Carole and Lori Putnam. Lori, you are a painting maniac and do beautiful work! We are down on the jetty in Peschici. This town is towards the bottom and on the Adriatic side of the sea. Hello Croatia!
Ok! No kidding, one of the highlights of the trip for me! This was on our field trip to Florence. One great day! The gals revolted and said "NO" to a long walk to another art museum and instead we viewed the Salvatore Ferragamo Shoe Museum. On display were the 24kt gold shoes the Queen wore for her Diamond Jubilee. Sorry for no picture! Could kick myself. And THEN on to shopping. The gals met a suave designer (Phillipe) over lunch in the Plaza and two gorgeous purchases later, well.
Phillipe had Noreen rocking this amazing leather jacket.
He even made her switch out her flats for these stilettos and give up
a twirl. Very chic!
Our lodging was perfect in Peschici. Very efficient. All soothing white. That's Ray at our breakfast nook.
And we had this amazing view!!!
One of the workshop days was spent in Pienza. I loved this town. It was the perfect size to explore, paint, shop and not feel overwhelmed. I think it was a favorite. Ray is beginning his demo. We did learn that it is illegal to sit on church steps and eat!? But right across from this spot was a fantastic cafe.