Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Inside the Travel Journal

Years ago
I was fortunate enough
to find a guide book of Europe
written in the 1930's
so I used the antique pages in my
travel journal of course..

I loved the old maps and the notes
the previous owner had made..
it was charming..
so I used papers to obscure writing 

which is most effective..
and attractive...

The Trevi fountain was a favorite spot.. 

above ...
you can see one of my photos of the Trevi fountain
I left space in my journal for 
my personal photos and 
printed them as I arrived home..

I found wonderful wrapping papers in 
Florence and used them liberally ...

St. Peter's Square and the Basilica sketch I made of the floor plan...

Florence was wet rainy and cold, 
and so beautiful...

we were there for a very few

precious hours
and it was torture 
to leave without seeing...

some of the sights that I had wanted and dreamed of
as a child..

Aix -En-Provence 
was amazing and we enjoyed a sunny 
but chilly stay there..
tiny shops and wonderful food at the 
farmer's market in the square..

Marisa was our tour guide in 
and she was an Art Historian
so I really enjoyed the 
of the 
Picasso Museum
and I glued half the brochure to the page and folded it back to 
cover my writing...

with so many tickets, train stubs
and evidence of travel I added several
pockets to hold all the bits and pieces...

We went to Mallorca 
from Barcelona
and I will have travel photos for you..

at sea a day

and then we stopped in the
Canary Islands..

and finally we were at sea..

we had smooth sailing home and it 
was a beautiful trip..

and believe it or not, but I still have work to do
in my journal...

I poked this quote in the back
of my journal..

Travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that goes on, 
deep and permanent in the ideas of living.
Miriam Beard

For me, it was certainly that..
permanent changes..
I found out why I am the way I am..
and I really loved what I found..  



ELFI said...

un voyage une mise en page mé magnifique!... un plaisir de voir tes créations de ce tour du sud de l'europe..félicitations!

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh mon cher, merci beaucoup, c'était un voyage étonnant .. xo

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous memories from your trip enhanced so lovingly with the old maps and pages from the book. xox said...

There isn't much I enjoy more than peeing inside a travel journal -- especially one as lovely as yours. I have that same Italian wrapping paper! So delightful. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Oh -- and how did you attach that pretty lace edge to your journal?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I really enjoyed this peek into your travel journal and your thoughts on the trip. Don't you just love the old books that have the beautiful old maps of places that used to be before borders shifted and boundaries changed? I loved the old history stories, too, where people who are now long dead were current rulers or news makers. The photos you chose were wonderful, and the colorful wrapping papers popped on the pages with written words. This was simply wonderful and a great read, too!

Dorthe said...

Dear Cat,
yes it must have brought things and feelings to mind, that was kind of asleep in your life, how wonderful.
And thank`s for the look into your journal, so many amazing experiences and memories are now kept there, between the pages .
Grazie ,dear. xoxo

Fiona Dempster said...

What a wonderful heart-filled record of a precious time - it is buzzing with energy and joy!

Judy Martin said...

Thank you for showing us your travel journal. It is stunning.
It will bring back many memories, but I like best the idea that through your travels, and through journaling about those travels, you find out who you really and truly are and that you like that person.

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