After Rome (see previous article here) Mike Botton and I headed to Umbria for a few days prep before the first Palladian Odyssey Umbria Tour. This is the first time we have run this workshop tour and so there were still a lot of little details to lock in or refine and I wanted to visit my workshop locations at the time we would be there during the tour. We had visited all of the locations (except for Fabriano) last year, but the time of the day for our programme differs a little from when we were at the locations last year. Also last year I was with the full Team Botton scouting locations, rather than doing proper workshop prep.
So here are a few highlights from last week. As I will be re-visiting these locations with two tour groups, I will leave the descriptions for future articles.
ARRIVING IN MONTONE
DAY TRIP: GUBBIO and FABRIANO
A few hours at the end of the day at Fabriano, including a visit to the paper museum and shop!
DAY TRIP: ASSISI
WORKING IN MONTONE
MONTONE WORKSHOP PREP
But most importantly I have been spending my time, finding locations and doing some trial demos for the workshops!
It’s been a very busy week and I’ve had less downtime than I expected. But it’s been a LOT of fun and I knew that this trip is fairly intensive work for the first few weeks.
And I’ve done more sketching than planned – I have already filled my first A4 molekine book. I’m loving the new format so much!
I’m writing this article only a few hours before the first tour group arrives from Florence. I can’t wait!
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