We're now in the Italianate-feeling town of Nafplio in the Pelopponese. It was occupied by the Venetians over the years and features Venetian architecture and piazzas and lots of gelato. We're staying in a charming old hotel right in the old section of town and two blocks off the harbor. It's lovely to walk out and be in the middle of things.
The public spaces are beautifully in use here, as in so much of Greece. Families are out, couples are out, kids are playing ball and riding bicycles in the plateia. I love the sidewalk culture in Europe. There is such a feeling of community.
They also have some really great public sculpture in Nafplio.
7/9/2012 04:21:32 pm
Looks like a terrific place to visit and sketch. Love the plaza sketch! Yes, gelato everywhere in Greece. Yum!
7/16/2012 02:03:29 pm
I loved the plaza. I also loved sitting and drawing and having a real table and a glass of wine. Very civilized. I could totally get spoiled by that kind of urban sketching.
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Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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