Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I was in Europe for a month. The first two weeks, teaching Sketching and Watercolor on a river cruise down the Danube. (See previous posts.)

The second two weeks, in Greece. First in Athens, then Amorgos and Mikonos.
Here's Athens!
Athens, Greece
Acropolis, Athens, Greece ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
The view from the Acropolis. Athens is a huge city! ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
Husb and me at the Acropolis 
Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
When you go to Athen, you must visit the Acropolis Museum. It is one of the finest museums in the world! It was build in 2009 and it is incredible.
Then of course, visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
Athens, Greece
scaffolding has been up for 3 years, I'm told. ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
yoga poses in public places acropolis
Yoga Poses in Public Places, Theatre of Dionysus, Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece
Just one beautiful piece of marble...out of soooo many. Acropolis.
 ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
My lovely students drawing a 12th Century church in the middle of downtown Athens ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook ~ in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook ~ in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
my lovely students drawing in the National Gardens, Athens ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
All my lovely students! dining out in Athens ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Athens, Greece
Our view of the Acropolis during dinner. ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
I'll be doing this trip again in 2016. October 4-16th. (It's half full already!) Join us! Details here.

More photos of Greece in my next post!

Monday, May 18, 2015

on the Danube ~ Melk and Prague

painting in prague
My wonderful students on the River Cruise. Painting in Prague.
painting in prague
from my sketchbook ~ in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
painting in prague
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
us near Salzburg
Husb and Me near the church that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer married in Sound of Music. ~ outside of Salzburg, Austria
MELK
Melk Abbey, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
MELK 4
Melk Abbey, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
MELK 3
Melk Abbey interior Can you say BAROQUE!  Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
MELK 2
Melk Abbey interior, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

MELK VIEW
view from Melk Abbey, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
melk
view from Melk Abbey, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
students at work
Working in their sketchbooks on the ship!
Prague
Prague, Czech Republic ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
prague 1
Prague, Czech Republic ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
sun deck
The sundeck of the ship ~ river cruise on the Danube ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Did I mention I enjoyed river cruising?? Hello, gemstone water with amethysts for breakfast! of course!
We had a wonderful time along the Danube River!
Gem water
Gemstone water at breakfast on the ship ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Next post, we'll go to Greece!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

On the Danube ~ Austria and Germany

boat
Donut Demo on the river cruise
austria painting donuts page
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
student on the boat
Annette, one of my students, in our river cruise 'classroom.' photo by Jane LaFazio
river cruise students/friends!
Leanne, Rena and Pat in the 'classroom' on the boat
regensburg
Passau, Germany ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
river cruise students/friends!
Lots of day trips on the river cruise. (We did cultural things too! :-)
bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
river cruise students/friends!
Off the boat and ready for adventure!
wachau
Wachau Valley, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
slovakia
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
durnstein
Durnstein, Austria ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
don and jane
Husb and I on the River Cruise on the Danube
river cruise students/friends!
My wonderful students on the River Cruise on the Danube
That's Carlo Roberts (third from the left, in the above photo.) She's our wonderful travel agent, tour guide and friend extraordinaire! She's the one that plans and handles all my European adventures! (Next year, we'll be doing Greece in October and England (details TBA) in August. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On the Danube ~ Budapest

on the Danube ~ Budapest ~ from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
On our River cruise on the Danube, our first city was Budapest, Hungary.
on the Danube ~ Budapest
Me and my husband on a bus tour in Budapest
I'd never been to Budapest, and frankly didn't know much about it. My husband and I jumped on a hop on hop off bus for a city tour.
on the Danube ~ Budapest
Budapest ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

As usual, I am drawn to the gorgeous architecture.

on the Danube ~ Budapest
Budapest ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
on the Danube ~ Budapest
Budapest ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
The architecture is even more amazing when we learned that about 80% of the city was destroyed during World War II.  It's hard to imagine the city in the late 1940s and how far it's come. Budapest opened to the rest of the world in 1989, after fall of communism.

on the Danube ~ Budapest
Budapest ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Speaking of architecture, the photo above is of the huge and beautiful indoor central market of Budapest. We spent a couple of hours there.
on the Danube ~ Budapest
Yoga Poses in Public Places ~ Central Market in Budapest

on the Danube ~ Budapest
Another market's offerings....photo by Jane LaFazio
on the Danube ~ Budapest
Wine tasting, singing and accordion music in Budapest!
on the Danube ~ Budapest
Budapest, from the Danube ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Our River Cruise took us along the Danube when the sun went down. The city was transformed with lights! Simply gorgeous!
on the Danube ~ Budapest
 Parliament Building, Budapest, from the Danube ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
along the danube
On deck
I LOVED traveling via a river cruise! It is the way to go! Too expensive, for me in real life, but since I taught a group of 15 people, it worked out financially for me to go and take my husband.
More photos to come!
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