October 4 - 10, 2020 Barcelona and the Costa Brava with Teresa Merriman and Adler & Marlow Bespoke Travel
Catalonia Itinerary (Barcelona & The Costa Brava) Plans are subject to change based on weather, energy of the group or other unforeseen circumstances. Sunday Oct 4th Our adventure begins in Barcelona. The group will meet in the late morning and then board a private coach to head to our Costa Brava accommodation, a fabulous seaside hotel. Upon arrival and after check in, we will have a meet and greet orientation, then a "Spanish style" lunch followed by an introduction class to travel journaling. You will then have some free time in Calella de Palafruguell before our evening cocktail & tapas party. Monday Oct 5th A large buffet breakfast is offered at the hotel, then we will depart for Besalu, a fabulous medieval village. Upon arrival Teresa will host an art lesson and demo. Students will have time to record their impressions of the radiant stone city before we gather for a fantastic lunch in a stunning setting. After lunch there will be some free time for sketching on your own or wandering the narrow streets in Besalu. In the late afternoon we will depart for the hotel. Dinner on your own; options include the hotel bar, restaurant, or walking into town. Tuesday Oct 6th After a great breakfast at the hotel, we will meet our Dalí expert host for the day and depart for Portlligat and Dalí's home. After a private tour of the house and an art lesson in a unique, white washed courtyard we will drive to Cadaques where you may enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and sketching. We will then return to our hotel to work on our journals together in the comfort of the enclosed patio overlooking the Mediterranean. Dinner is on your own. Wednesday Oct 7th We will enjoy a final breakfast at our hotel, then pack up and check out. This day will begin with a transfer to Alella where we will enjoy an authentic La hora del Vermut (vermouth tasting), with a special lesson on sketching interiors followed by a light lunch of tapas. After lunch we will head to Barcelona to get you checked into your apartments (students will share these spacious apartments but each student will have a private room). You will have a free evening and dinner on your own. Thursday Oct 8th Today is a full day of Barcelona Sketching. We will begin with an early morning meeting in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona for continental breakfast and a sketching demo. We will sketch in an "off the beaten path" plaza and the Santa Caterina Market then hop on the metro and head to the Hospital de Sant Pau. Here you will have a great opportunity to learn about and sketch Catalan Modernism. We’ll have a festive group lunch; the afternoon and evening will be on your own. Friday Oct 9th We'll meet in the morning for an intensive sketching workshop, to be hosted at our apartments. This open studio is a student favorite with time to review all the techniques covered on the trip and give you great time to work on your journals with your teacher present. It is a time to collaborate and learn from each other, sharing resources and creative ideas. Lunch and the afternoon are on your own, but in the evening we will meet up for a goodbye cocktail party with drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Here we will wrap up and review Sketching Spain, Catalonia 2020 and celebrate our work before saying goodbye! Your lodging for this night is included. Saturday Oct. 10th Students are expected to check out of the apartment by 11:00am. If you wish to extend your stay you can make arrangements with Danny for an extra lodging charge. Danny is also available to help you with additional travel arrangements if you choose to extend your adventure in Spain.