Earlier this summer my husband and kids finally convinced me we needed a family holiday this year. It's been 7 years since we last took one because the last one was so bad. I have spent the entire summer dreading going on this vacation, partly because we booked it on a Friday the 13th and also I just like being at home (please tell me I'm not weird like that).
So last week we went to Venice. I have wanted to go there forever and it was as expected - unspeakably fabulous.
There is so much I loved, not least because in the main island itself there are no cars just canals and boats, endless bridges and alleyways and higgedly piggeldy built apartments.
Something I really adored about this place is that there is pattern everywhere, it's a pattern lover's dream come true. I snapped 529 pictures (that's a rate of 70 a day) and a good chunk of them were of door and window grates like the above. I could seriously do a whole blogpost on these they are so varied yet simple and look heavenly perfect even in the dingiest alleyway spot.
As a rule I am not a fan of scroll patterns but I just melt looking at this door. My husband always walked several yards ahead of me and my door and window snapping ways - I just don't think he gets it.
The absolute highlight of this holiday? My daughters coming out and sketching with me, they got so into it (they get me like my husband doesn't).
This is a pic of the Palazzo Ducale my youngest was sketching in the pic of above, I just adore her attention to detail and how she took her time to get it just right.
Here's one of my sketches of the scene above it. This is why I needed a holiday, I never do this kind of thing at home it seems so frivolous but I'm going to make time to fit in mindless sketching just for fun from now on.
And finally a pic of me and my hubby walking through the market, we are one of those couples who never seem to have pictures of us together so I'm thankful my daughter thought to snap this.
Holiday over, normal business will be resumed asap.
P. S. it's good to be back.