Sketchbook Tour: Traveling through London, Bath, Edinburgh & Verona

Here is my sketchbook from my trip this summer to England, Scotland, and Italy. Sketchbook 2017, Volume 5. (If you've missed my other sketchbook tours, I posted them in previous blog posts.)

I hope you have fun scrolling through my sketchbooks. And if you have any comments or questions, don't be shy. For as much as I love painting big watercolor paintings, traveling & sketchbooks are my real source of inspiration and joy. I hope you enjoy!

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For our first sketchbook field trip, we went to Trafalgar Square and took in London.

For our first sketchbook field trip, we went to Trafalgar Square and took in London.

The Tower of London 

The Tower of London 

We spent a day sketching at one of my favorite museums, London's Natural History Museum.

We spent a day sketching at one of my favorite museums, London's Natural History Museum.

We explored a flea market looking for treasures (I found this gorgeous bird cage clock) and then we sketched on the lawn of Westminster Abbey.

We explored a flea market looking for treasures (I found this gorgeous bird cage clock) and then we sketched on the lawn of Westminster Abbey.

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A short train ride from London, we fell in love with Bath.

I loved all the different door knockers we saw walking through the streets.

I loved all the different door knockers we saw walking through the streets.

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Bath's Fashion Museum was a visual feast. I spent a few hours sketching the displays. 

I ducked into the Abbey to get out of the rain for about an hour and sketched the other tourists.

I ducked into the Abbey to get out of the rain for about an hour and sketched the other tourists.

We turned a corner and saw this comical window display in a tattoo parlor, so unlike anything else in Bath. 

We turned a corner and saw this comical window display in a tattoo parlor, so unlike anything else in Bath. 

One of my favorite squares: Bath Abbey Square. Always full of music, street performers, cafe tables, and people. 

One of my favorite squares: Bath Abbey Square. Always full of music, street performers, cafe tables, and people. 

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We flew from London to Edinburgh. My first visit to Scotland. Heart!

We stayed at the wonderful Royal Scots Club. The tall windows in our hotel room looked out onto a hill on the edge of Edinburgh's center. 

We stayed at the wonderful Royal Scots Club. The tall windows in our hotel room looked out onto a hill on the edge of Edinburgh's center. 

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Scenes from our touring through Edinburgh.

Scenes from our touring through Edinburgh.

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The sound of bag pipes is everywhere in Edinburgh. I know they are there for us tourists but I still couldn't help stopping to watch and listen to each one we came across.

We spent several hours at the Royal Botanic Garden and then had lunch at their cafe. Sitting outside with many other visitors, two French woman raised their voices in anger as a bird swooped down and took a bread roll off of their plate. We all chuckled as we covered our own plates.

We spent several hours at the Royal Botanic Garden and then had lunch at their cafe. Sitting outside with many other visitors, two French woman raised their voices in anger as a bird swooped down and took a bread roll off of their plate. We all chuckled as we covered our own plates.

This sketch doesn't look much like my husband, Dave, but it still makes me smile every time I see it. Dave is an adventurous eater and the only one to try haggis. On several occasions.

This sketch doesn't look much like my husband, Dave, but it still makes me smile every time I see it. Dave is an adventurous eater and the only one to try haggis. On several occasions.

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We flew back to London, from Edinburgh, and from there, we flew to Verona. Home, sweet home.

For the first part of our time in Verona, we stayed at the Aurora Hotel, in Piazza Erbe. The views from our hotel balcony were intoxicating.

For the first part of our time in Verona, we stayed at the Aurora Hotel, in Piazza Erbe. The views from our hotel balcony were intoxicating.

We took a drive into the mountains to escape the heat. 

We took a drive into the mountains to escape the heat. 

Back in Verona, we sat outdoors in Piazza Erbe, sipping ice-cold mojitos, sketching (me) and talking to a man (Dave) at the table next to us. He was from Ireland and had quite a few entertaining stories to share.

Back in Verona, we sat outdoors in Piazza Erbe, sipping ice-cold mojitos, sketching (me) and talking to a man (Dave) at the table next to us. He was from Ireland and had quite a few entertaining stories to share.

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Yet again, to escape the heat of the city, we hopped on a train for a day trip to Bolzano. It was raining and thundering there. And it was a welcome relief.

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We moved into Richard's apartment for the second week in Verona. His apartment is an architectural gem and it is decorated with some vintage beauties. Thank you for the hospitality Richard!

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Dave and I wandered into Sant'Anastasia, one of Verona's churches, right as a concert was starting. A group of young performers from Bath!

Dave and I wandered into Sant'Anastasia, one of Verona's churches, right as a concert was starting. A group of young performers from Bath!

We spent an afternoon with my cousin, Gloriana, and her husband, Beppino, visiting an abbey by Lake Garda. This is the view of a path we followed, walking from the abbey to its centuries old cemetery. 

We spent an afternoon with my cousin, Gloriana, and her husband, Beppino, visiting an abbey by Lake Garda. This is the view of a path we followed, walking from the abbey to its centuries old cemetery. 

Statue in the abbey's courtyard.

Statue in the abbey's courtyard.

Live performance of Romeo e Giulietta in Verona. Fantastic!

Live performance of Romeo e Giulietta in Verona. Fantastic!

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On our last day in Verona, we had a big family lunch. My cousin, Saverio, drove his classic Fiat 500. Thankfully, Dave couldn't resist getting in it. So funny! What an adventure we had. Memories to last a lifetime. And a book full of sketches. Arrivederci!

On our last day in Verona, we had a big family lunch. My cousin, Saverio, drove his classic Fiat 500. Thankfully, Dave couldn't resist getting in it. So funny!

What an adventure we had. Memories to last a lifetime. And a book full of sketches.

Arrivederci!

Here's to an extraordinary year ahead!

I’ve been at the school for the last few hours just finishing up a few things before the opening bell tomorrow. Actually I don't have a bell. Maybe I should... I still have to hang art and I’m sure that over the first few months, I will continue to find things that need to be rearranged. But for now, I am incredibly happy and proud.

Here are a few snap shots of the school.

Truly HAPPY.

A huge thank you to so many of you for believing in me and encouraging me. A heartfelt thank you to the eight teachers joining me at Cloud 9. You have all created fantastic classes to teach at Cloud 9. I am so proud!

And an extra HUGE thank you to my husband, Dave, for all the hours spent at the school making it beautiful, for encouraging me every time I needed a nudge, and for all the perfect martinis at the end of long days.

Here’s to an extraordinary school year!!

The lobby

The lobby

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The adults' studio

The World Tours Studio

The World Tours Studio

The knit circle studio

The knit circle studio

My studio

My studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

The kids' studio

Come learn, explore, have fun, and be inspired!

Come learn, explore, have fun, and be inspired!