WHAT IS AN ART ADVENTURE ABROAD WITH DARLA?
Simply put, my Art Adventure is just that. We are a group of 8 or less artists (and sometimes, not artists but folks who desire the experience) who experience the culture, sites, foods of another country as we gather photographs and a few sketches of the trip! I keep an art journal and encourage the group to do the same. Sometimes we stop for 20 minutes to sketch, sometimes we relax with the journals in the evening.
Having traveled to 65+ countries, I have a lot of experience taking trips...and planning trips. In May 2015 I realized my dream to travel abroad with artists to share my favorite places. Each year since then I have offered an Art Adventure Abroad! In 2015 we went to Spain, in 2016 to Portugal (and added an optional river cruise afterwards) and 2017 we went to Ireland. It's a VERY small group so if you are interested in the next group let me know early. BUT only FUN people can come...if you can't walk a mile, or be flexible, this is not for you!
I am not a travel agent, but I make all the arrangements. We have 1 or 2 cars and use public transit if it's easier! Generally my trips are 10 days-2 weeks and cost about $2000 per person. We usually eat one meal out each day and the rest of time we picnic or cook at our homebase. [The price does not include food or airfare]
In the evenings we relax with happy hour (optional!) and add to our ongoing art journal, catch up on emails or read a book, whatever...even the non-artists learn to journal!
It needs to be stressed here that we do not "camp out" in one spot for the day to paint. There are too many fun things to do and terrific things to see...and I am a huge fan of packing light! So, we use our camera as our sketchpad and put our time to better use to see the area.
2018 has not been planned and 2017 Ireland filled immediately.
If you are interested in next year, let me know! Maybe Denmark? My trips have been in April and May to take advantage of cheaper airfare.
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IRELAND ART ADVENTURE ABROAD 2017
Basically our route made a smile through Ireland. Beginning in Dublin we used the hop on-hop off bus, in Glendalough we visited St. Kevin's sanctuary, saw the prehistoric Drombeg Circle and Browneshill Dolmen, walked the Midieval Mile in Kilkenny and visited the seaside at Kinsale and Cobh, the art museum in Cork, thatched cottages in Adare, a castle/midieval village in Bunratty, the abbey in Ennis and Jerpoint and Graigenamanagh. In New Ross the Tapestry Display and the Crystal Factory in Waterford were viewed as well as the old Clock Tower in Youghal. We drove two scenic loops: the Dingle and The Great Atlantic Way via the Burren where a chocolate maker and perfumery caused a pause as well as the Cliffs of Moher. It was a marvelous 10 day trip through the ages and beauty of the Emerald Isle.
Portugal Art Adventure May 2016
Our Art Abroad trip in Portugal in April 2016 included the Roman temple and cathedral in Evora, seaside and more in Albufeira, gypsy market in Loule, waterfall and watermill in Alte, a palace in Estoi, the fort and fine dining in Faro, strolling the marina area of Olhao with fresh seafood lunch, the mall in Gaia, the castle and windmill in Silves and the End of the World in Sagres followed up with a weekend in Lisbon for some terrific sights. We stayed in a lovely 2-story villa where we each had our own bedroom. The full kitchen allowed some cooking and snacking--and saved some on the food bill!
After the weekend in Lisbon most took the optional cruise on the Douro River in the north which allowed us to see the country from all directions!
Coastal Spain and Barcelona Art Adventure May 2015
My dream of art adventures abroad came true with a group of 8 (from TX, NY and Australia). We began our adventure on the Spanish coast where we stayed in a villa for a week followed by a quick flight to Barcelona where we spent a week in the city of mosaics! During our coastal week we visited the Rock o Gibraltar, Ronda (of bullfighting fame), Malaga for the Picasso Museu, Benalmedina to enter the only stupha in Europe, Fuengirola for a seaside lunch, Cordoba's cathedral and castle gardens and the cathedral and famous Alhambra Palace of Granada on a private tour.
The second week found us on a plane headed to Barcelona...the city of mosaics! Our apartment had sleeping quarters for 14 so we were quite comfortable and centrally located. We took two days on the double decker bus. We had the freedom to choose where we wanted to spend time. As a group we visited Parc Guell overlooking the city below, the Sagrada Familia (Antonio Gaudi's masterpiece cathedral still in the making after more than a century), even a flea market for valuable finds. On the last night we ate together at an incredible OLD family restaurant. Walking Las Ramblas, seeing the Palau Musica (Music Palace), the Bouceria (most unbelievable food market in Europe!), Cathedral, the old Palace, parks and pavillions, museums...and we took time out to eat paella and sip sangria--it wouldn't be a trip to Spain without those!
Needless to say, I would return in a minute to take another group and repeat the trip to Spain! (Let me know if you would like to go).