All about travelling experiences
I think it’s safe to say that our members had a great summer 2022. They made the most of the opportunity to really travel again after the previous summers during the pandemic. We had some great photos submitted to our #WhereInTheWorldIsIWAM photo challenge on social media, where we had the chance to guess the locations of our fabulous IWAM merchandise. For the Creatives interest group, we also focused on a similar theme for our summer challenge; Culture and Tribes. With our creative perspective on elements we saw, explored and marvelled at during our holidays, here are some reflections and many photos for you to enjoy for our Creatives Summer Travel Blog… Click on the photos to see them in full and you can scroll through them.
Janet Kefeya in Abruzzo
Roberta Taroni at Caseficio 4 Madonne
Caseificio 4 Madonne near Campogalliano. The president of the caseificio is a friend of mine. The caseificio is visited by several groups of tourist every day. The visitors are able to follow the cheese production process. It’s difficult to say. I was interested from start to finish of the guided tour. A little snack was part of the program that day last year. Plus that day a woman cheese maker opened using a big cheese knife a cheese right in front of us. Fab!!!
Caroline Mallet in Canada and Hawaii
Quebec City, Canada
Big Island, Hawaii
Sarah Poole in the Dolomites
Helen Fina in the UK
Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum (formerly her home) in St Ives was a quietly inspiring experience. Her studio and garden have been left much as they were when she died in 1975. Hepworth must have been a force of nature, attending art school when few women did, and managing (this I had to read twice) to continue to create work in her studio while raising her triplets full time.
It was fascinating to see and imagine how she integrated motherhood with the drive to create, and how it influenced her work. I could have spent all day just sitting absorbing the large scale work in her garden. Alas, my children and husband weren’t quite so easily occupied!
I also dragged my family around the Bernard Leach museum. Leach is known for developing ‘studio pottery’ in the UK (artists working alone or in small groups to create works). He set up his studio in St Ives in the 1920s. His style combined Japanese and other eastern ceramic techniques with those developed in the UK. There was a calmly industrious mood walking around this still-working pottery; the rewarding atmosphere you get when art meets functionality. Needless to say, a lump of clay has never looked so tempting! Just wish I’d looked at details early enough to do a pottery workshop! This is the piece we chose to buy there as a holiday memory.
Kelly Rooker in Umbria and Le Marche
I had a longer than originally planned trip to Umbria this summer, after my Dad decided to gate crash our holiday. As a result, we extended it to spend more time with him since we had time off work anyway. Since I drove there, we were able to explore other towns and cities as well as reach a little further and enter the next region too. We visited some gorgeous places and spent a wonderful time with my family frind and his grandchildren too. Since his family is from Perugia, he knows the area very well and so we had our own personal guide and restaurant recommendations throughout the trip! We visited Lake Tresimeno and a town close by called Castiglione del Lago with a castel providing a wonderful view of the lake from the top of it’s walls. There was also a fabulous leather studio and shop, Safarà Cuoio which I thought was awe-inspiring! I could have stayed in there for a hour just absorbing their handmade wonders, but instead we left and had an ice cream!
My favourite place to explore in Umbria was probably Assisi, since we walked around the city but also visited the site where San Francesco (Saint Francis) actually lived, up in the hills. My favourite meal out was in Spello where we also bought a couple of gorgeous, hand carved oakwood bowls as a keepsake from our trip.
Grotte di Frasassi, Le Marche
In the next region over; Le Marche, we took a day trip into Le Marche to visit one of Europe’s largest discovered grotto’s called Grotte di Frasassi, where I understand schools often take trips to show their students some of the natural wonders of our planet. The most incredible thing about it; other than the original discovery itself in 1948 (later opened in 1971), and the fact that they were able to install all the walkways etc., is the fact that the sheer scale of it blows your mind! It is impossible to understand the immensity of the space and the stalactites and stalagmites, which is some places have joined together, can be 20m long but seem very small from a distance. Inside is a cavernous 200m-high and 180m-long chamber and the 75 to 90-minute tour was well worth the trip! I highly recommend taking the opportunity to visit it is you are ever nearby.
Other Culture and Tribe challenge photos shared
Something a little different for me… a video for our summer challenge on culture and tribes… Pizza Lover, and some toys I made for a friend’s grandchildren.
I can’t imagine going to Suffolk in the UK without talking a few pictures of beach huts.
Here is my Virgo new moon piece inspired from a few weeks back and a tribe of sorts.