“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then transforms you into a storyteller” Ibu Battuta

Travel in 2019 started later than usual. My travel journal was a Fabriano hard backed A5 notebook that looks a little frayed around the edges now. Its done good though! Vienna, Austria. San Francisco and wider California, Bucharest, Romania. And last but not least Wroclaw, Poland earlier this December.

Flicking through this book is loaded with happy memories.

I do have a favourite sketch which spans over 24 hours and reminds me of a happy place and time…

  1. It started life as a pencil sketch of an artichoke whilst sitting on a bench outside of Joannie’s Cafe in downtown Palo Alto, California. A yearly ritual with my cousin. I was waiting for my breakfast table with the sun beating down on my back and watching the Sunday market traders and passersby. I just had to buy the wonder that is an artichoke…so sat sketching it during my wait. (I also discovered on this trip how much my children loved deep fried artichokes!!!!)


2. That same day we were heading off to the Monterey Coast to Paojro Dunes. With a house right on the seafront hidden behind the dunes. The vegetables got packed up too and thrown into a main sketch to remind me of the market. Radicchio lettuces, oddly shaped plum tomatoes, San Farancisco Sourdough baguettes, loopy sweet peppers, and buckets upon buckets of sunflowers.

3. ….And upon arrival all of them got thrown into the largest Californian salad complete with creamy avocados and walnut oils and sloshed down with a glass of Monterey red wine. All overlooking the Pacific.

It does something to you…uninhibited travel.

…And so I’m excited to crack open a new sketchbook for booked 2020 travels which now include; more Polish cities, the Scottish coasts and Canada’s Calgary and state parks!