Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Exploring and learning new things.

I've been away. On holiday. Short notice as usual, a last minute decision to go away for a few days. The cats were not impressed, but forgave us a soon as the next mealtime came around.

(Outside display of a small shop in Nice. The steps you can see were those of the alleyway leading up past this shop.)

(Picture taken while the ship was in Ajaccio, Corisica.)

An amazing experience. We went on a cruise in the Mediterranean. Its the end of the season there, and we were very lucky with the weather. Taking advantage of any trips offered, we visited Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Girona, Palma and a quick tour of Corsica!

(The gardens in front of the casino in Monte Carlo. I just loved the use of the mirror in the fountain. It is reflecting an image of the casino itself.)

This photo is the Duomo in Florence (Firenze).
I later found evidence of knitting in Firenze! I didn't see any yarn shops though.
Some delightful carving on the side of the Leaning tower of Pisa.
Blocks of marble at the port of Cittavecchia, From this port we went to visit Rome.

This marvellous marble floor is that of the beautiful Pantheon.

A wonderful mix of the ancient, the old and the new.
Our only bad weather arrived in Rome, when it rained. It didn't stop us having a really interesting tour around the city. There were also a couple of nights when it was a bit blowy at sea, but even that wasn't much. As I mentioned before, we were very lucky with the weather.
The following photo is of a gorgeous tile floor I saw as we passed through a narrow alleyway in Girona. The house was being renovated.
This amazing building is in Ajaccio. The Post Office occupies the ground floor.
The last few photos were taken as we walked around Palma, Majorca on our last day.
This building used to be the Grand Hotel. Its now a Library and Civic centre.

This is the floor inside the entrance of the Museum of Modern Art. The building can be found in one of the alleyways up in the old section of Palma. We found an interesting temporary exhibit of Picasso's drawings while we were there.

My last photo was of one of the private courtyards to be found in Palma. The gates were being rebuilt, and so we had this delightful scene peeped at through some railings.

We saw so much that I really couldn't explain it all to you. It's such a special experience to wake up every day knowing that the ship has arrived somewhere different. We shall try to return to Rome and Florence again one day - these places are so huge and there is so very much to see. Girona was quiet by comparison. A lovely place to see. Corsica was amazing. Now that is another place I would love to return to, perhaps to visit Sardinia as well.
As you can tell, I took loads of photographs, mostly following my own fascination for texture and colour. The colours were so bright and gorgeous.
I promise I shall get back to the textiles next time.


Toni said...

The pictures are SO lovely! Glad you had a wonderful trip!

Mandy said...

Thanks Toni. We had a wonderful time. We packed rather a lot into our week.

Paula said...

Wow lucky you, that must have been really something. I'm so glad you had a good trip. And thank you for sharing the photos, I like them.

Margaret said...

What a great time you must have had. It all looks so gorgeous. Looks like you'll have inspiration for alot of projects.

Mandy said...

Thanks Paula. Its a real privilege to be able to visit places like this. We packed a lot in since we might not be able to return - there are so many places it would be fun to see.

Mandy said...

You are so right there Margaret. What didn't help was that I had taken the latest edition of Quilting Arts with me to read on the plane. (The October/November magazine). I spent most of the flight with a sketch book in one hand and the magazine precariously balanced on my knee. That was before we arrived! At the moment I am suffering a little from inspiration overload.
I'm getting on with older projects so I can mull over some new ideas.

donnac1968 said...

Lucky you going to all those places. Fancy that - guerilla knitting in Florence!

Mandy said...

Yes Donna, I could hardly believe it myself. I've not seen guerilla knitting (yet) in the UK, though know it is out there somewhere.
I'm glad someone else is interested in this. I just couldn't get my dear husband to see how exciting it was. Ooooh!

❦TattingChic said...

Oh, hello! I just found your blog whilst bloghopping! What lovely pictures! It looks like you had a fabulous holiday!

Mandy said...

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog, Tatting Chic. I had great coming to visit your Blog.
It was fun to find a clip of Hyacinth Bucket - I'm so glad that you found and enjoyed this rather British comedy.

Jenny said...

Oh, what a great surprise! I can definately see some textile inspiration in those pics.

Mandy said...

I think it will probably take me some months to get around to using the photos in some way.
You are quite right though, Jenny. There was so much that could be used for textiles. The colour combinations in the stone and marble work, the textures of the Cork Oak bark, there was so much to experience.