Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Aren't we glad those days are over? I know Aunt Gertrude over on the left is!
I've uploaded some of MY photos, certainly not 2,00o of them, into a Picasa album if you'd like to check them out. You don't even have to oooh! and aaahhh or make small talk about how wonderful they are!
It's a start but I plan to replace and edit these as I organize my photos, so you won't always see the same things!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I have uploaded my photos and in the several days will edit my blog entries adding my own photos, updating the information and generally cleaning things up. The one computer at the Oasi was in a dark corner and I had to rely on guests walking through the hallway to activate the lights in order to see the keyboard. The key board was Italian and it took getting used too. I never did get the hang of using the @ key or the ".
If you have been reading the blog, first of all THANKS, and thanks for your comments. It really made my day to read your comments at the beginning of the day; a little connection to home.
I didn't have a chance to let everyone know that I would be blogging so I'll send out a group email and if you have some time on your hands you can check out the blog and see what I've been doing the past 2 weeks.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We spent a day in Florence, well about 6 hours, not nearly enough time. We stopped in the most amazing working apothecary shop, sort of a ancient Bath and Body with a museum. The scents alone were worth the visit.
The first piazza we came to captivated us with its working carousel. My photography assignment was to "look up" Not hard in Florence when almost everything IS up. Then on to the Duomo in the center of the city. If you've watched the PBS series The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance you'll know the story of the Medici's and understand the significance of the completed dome. This is also the site of those famous gold doors. Unfortunately the crowds are huge and the lines snake for hours. An Italian style cafeteria, all the food is displayed in the case and all you have to do is point, easy and quick, was actually fabulous. After days of pastries and pasta it was nice to finally have some fresh fruit.
Most of the quick eating places have cut up fresh fruit gorgeously displayed.
The famous Ponte Vecchio, the bridge over the river Arno, was bustling with tourists looking for good deals on jewelry. Every one of the dozens of shops on the bridge sells jewelry. Sadly there was not enough time for more shopping or sightseeing
BTW...Love the trains in Italy.
After a day of shooting at Le Celli, (more later) founded by St. Francis in 1211, we headed to the top of Cortona for a cooking class (see entry).
A word about my traveling companions, compatriots, and fast friends.
This was quite a leap of faith for me to go off to Italy, on my own, to take a workshop on photography (I take pictures not photographs) not knowing anyone on this trip,, with the exception of Jane Rosemont, the workshop director.
It took less than a day for this group to gel and form relationships. Ours is a tiny group of three but we seem to have known each other in another life. The other group of 16 or so, are here taking an assemblage class with artist Michael deMeng. For those who are not familiar with Michael or his process I have posted a few photos.
This group of people from all over the US, Canada, and one from England is not only fun to be with but all of them are so incredibly talented too. We have had a blast together. Although most times we go off on our photo shoots we regroup for sightseeing and meals. As soon as I get all the contacts I will link you to some of their websites or blogs.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Our first field trip out of the city took us to the ceramics area of Deruta. We spent an amazing morning on a private tour of one of the finest Italian ceramics factories.
Then off to lunch and to the home and business of a family run olive oil maker. The olive oil is harvested and pressed in the old style, not mass produced and it was exquisite. What we assumed to be a picnic lunch turned out to be another large Italian style lunch starting with olive oil drenched bruschetta, spelt with tomatoes and fresh basil drizzled with olive oil, mixed grilled vegetables marinated and drizzled with, you guessed it, olive oil, salad with olive oil vinaigrette, melon, biscotti dipped in wine, and finally 2 grappe soaked grapes as a chaser and wine, wine and more wine. Just roll me home in a barrel.
On to a winery. By then we were all pretty woozy but what can you do? The winery, San Lucca, formerly a a monastery, hence the name, again is a small family run winery exporting primarily to the Umbrian area. Their wines are wonderful blends of various grapes and the servings were liberal.
Finally home to Cortona for a much needed detox. But, oh it was well worth it!
My photography assignment for the day was reflections. Although I took snapshots my main goal was to shoot images reflected in other objects; a wine bottle reflected in a window, water reflecting images from a branch, light reflected off of a glass designed door , a clock reflected off a large window. It was amazing how many things there were to shoot and the incredible images I captured.
Tomorrow it's off to Florence