In just under a month, I will be heading back to Europe! I am so excited! It was such a rejuvenating, inspiring trip and I loved seeing Europe as an adult. (I grew up in Germany, so I got to see a lot of Europe as a child, but it’s completely different as an adult.)
I will be traveling with my mom again and we’ll be meeting up with Wendy and her husband, John, in Paris before heading to Italy. We initially thought we would visit another part of Europe, but we all wanted to go back to Paris again and see more of it. We’ll also be taking a day trip, so we can see some of the French countryside and will travel to Italy by train to see more of Europe en route. We’re still planning out what we’ll do in Paris, but I’ve started my wishlist.
We will then head to Barga, where we’ll be teaching at and participating in another creative retreat hosted by Dana of The Inspired Tourist. There will be a few sessions for painting and talking shop, but we are mostly there to fill our inspiration tanks…to step outside of the everyday, slow down, learn, and savor new things.
We will be repeating one of the highlights of last year – shopping at the flea market in Lucca. (You can read about that HERE.) That was an amazing experience and I was practically hyperventilating at all of the gorgeous European antiques displayed in booths nestled in the narrow streets, spilling into the piazzas. It was awesome.
Now that I know what’s there (generally), I feel like I will be more focused. I want to find small, meaningful things that I can use as finishing touches for my house or fun art supplies. There was a table-top easel I almost bought last year, but I was afraid I couldn’t fit it in my suitcase and I am kicking myself for not buying it and at least trying!
I’ll probably pick up another piece of copper to add to my collection, too!
But, there is a fun little twist this year!
Dana of The Inspired Tourist and Inspired in Tuscany, our host, would like to offer a giveaway to two of my readers! The winners of the giveaway will each have 20 Euros for me to spend for you in Lucca. The lucky readers can let me know what they like, so I can pick out something just for them.
I learned last year that you can get some lovely things for 20 Euro!
The giveaway will be closed August 26, 2019 and the winners will be announced and notified.
If you’d like to learn more about Dana and The Inspired Tourist, you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook. She does trip and retreat planning, but also champions taking on the curious and open mindset of a tourist in your own backyard. I think you’ll enjoy following her!