The Week Comes to a Close
Our Last Day of the Paper Paintings Retreat was spent relaxing in the volcanically heated mineral waters of the Fonteverde Spa in Tuscany. The waters washed away not only the collage glue, but as Picasso put it… it also washed away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Lap of Luxury
Right in the front door, we felt like we were enveloped in luxury. From the Venetian plaster walls, to the frosted glass doors, to the marble staircase, everything was sheer elegance. Some of the students opted for treatments including a variety of massages from hot stones to therapeutic. Everyone enjoyed the upper level pools with the therapy jets and a birds eye view over Tuscany. The mineral water pool on the lower level was said to have healing properties for everything from dry skin to a problematic liver.
A Video is Worth a Thousand Pictures
You must check out this video visual of the Spa, to truly appreciate the luxury we were so lucky to experience on the morning of the last Paper Paintings Italy Retreat day. It’s so hard to believe that the trip is coming to an end, but I can’t think of a better side trip to make everyone feel relaxed and rejuvenated!
I JUST figured out how to embed video!!! AND I managed to capture it all without dropping my fancy iPhone in the water! FANTASTICO!
An Afternoon Lunch in San Casciano dei Bagni
After our morning at the spa, we were whisked off for a lovely lunch at Daniela’s restaurant, where the food is amazing and the gelato is better. Situated at the top of a Medieval hill town, Daniela’s is the main attraction in San Casciano dei Bagni. Daniela welcomed us with a toast of Proseco as we looked through her shop of gourmet items and upscale consignment. Our last opportunity for souvenirs!
Some of the students purchased olive oil and spice packets, while others browsed through dish ware and scented lotions. I had my eye on a vintage red leather skirt, but exercised restraint when thinking about the FL climate! (can you say sweaty?) Whatever your pleasure, Daniele has something for everyone.
An Amazing Adventure
What an amazing adventure we have this past week! In some ways it seems to have lasted forever, and in others it seems to have flown past. Getting to know and work with all 12 students was truly a pleasure. From our oldest (and most independent) Noel and Marie (87 and 86) from Canada, to our youngest, Bobbi (who came with her cousin Melony) from Kentucky, and everyone in between, it’s the people that make the different. Susan came from Maryland, but had taken my workshop before in CT. Cindy and Sandy came from the same art group in Maryland. Mallory came with Nina from Florida as did Elizabeth. Luigi (Pamela’s other half) came from right here in Italy and Lydia (the world traveler) came from Costa Rica. What a diverse bunch of artists we had!
Dinner and A Farewell
Our last dinner at Agriturismo Il Colombaio was just as delicious as the many previous meals we shared, it ended with something special from the chef, however. The chef at the villa is trained in pastry and he created the most amazing and mouth watering combination of flaky, crisp pastry layered with thick, rich custard–Mille Foglie.
Oh my, I’m working on those five pounds, and not in my luggage.
Fino al prossimo anna!
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