I had skipped blogging the 12 days of the Baroque Blue Ionian SeArt Residency. There was much to absorb with programmed days of the curator's vision. I do see the challenge as an educator leading and mentoring a creative direction with guidelines and still encouraging growth through group collaboration and creativity within a definative space, materials and equipment available, and timeframes. Soon I will capture and blog time spent of the Italian experience within the comfort of the upcoming rural French print lab sanctuary.
BUT, here is the beginning of the
The amazing Italian Road Adventure
This is the topic before I leave for France. I began in Lecce and drove through the Apennines mountains which are considered the "Spine of Italy". A good friend from New York met me in Santa Catarina and we rented a small roller skate of a car in Lecce for the excursion. The Apennines stretch more than 750 miles from the Ligurian Alps in the northwest down to the Cabria in the south, close to Sicily.
We started exploring the Apennines mountains from Lecce up to the Gargano Peninsula in Puglia. We drove on skinny scary half-paved roads through the mountain roads with literally hairpin turns to which some had no guard rails to Umbria Forest Parks. My friend was white-knuckled in the passenger seat as I drove the stick shift using mostly only second and first gears to navigate the upward climb. I do wish I could have photographed that particular drive as the views were amazing from what I could see from my peripheral vision. I feared to look directly at the steep descent inches outside my car door, but afterward, I felt titillated with the adrenaline and excitement of the challenge. (Although, I don’t believe my friend in the passenger seat enjoyed it much at all.)
We touched small amounts of Abruzzo to travel into Umbria and stayed as guests in two Agritourism farms. Our final destination was Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region. It was a week of traveling that was filled with magical places and people. I will detail specifically where we spent stayed in places that offered amazing opportunities to see and experience “a people and its current and past culture”. Below are preview photos of the week's tour and more details to follow on each location. More tales and photos to tell of this chapter of my European adventure.