Ahhh, the Isle of Wight.
I was looking for a spot to take my son (who has been studying in London all year) for a short hiking trip, someplace easy to get to from London, and someplace with a bit of water. I randomly picked this island as the images on the internet looked intriguing. What a find! It felt totally "off the beaten path". The first weekend in May offers a variety of festivals: there was a walking festival (with literally hundreds of organized walks), as well as biking, motorcycle, jazz and art festivals. It was fabulous! There were even plenty of spots to sit and sketch with the most amazing views. With tons of history (Jimmy Hendrix died on this Island after a concert) it was a fabulous spot to explore and plan on returning to in the future.
I just returned from a really fabulous 3 week trip to England and Paris where I spent time with my sister, my son and my niece (both kids have been studying abroad). I am in the un-packing phase of the "full travel experience"; wanting to make notes on what to bring (and leave behind) for the next trip, wanting to finish my travel journal, wanting to cement every detail into my memory bank (the travel journal is helpful for this!) and, oh, yes, needing to get the laundry done and the suitcases put away! Many, many highlights: the Isle of Wight in England, Cassis in southern France, Vappiano's for dinner over and over again, the Matisse show at the Tate Modern, Anna's favorite fountain in Aix and a sketching class with a journal artist who lives in Aix (the next blog post will be devoted to her and the class). Most amazing to me was taking the time to sit and journal with my dear sister. Having the art journal experience be a priority rather than an after-thought was amazing and such a gift. I will share pages as I get them finished and will unpack the experience bit by bit in this blog and my monthly newsletter.