Greece Painting Workshop and Holiday
On September 21st of 2019, the Jacqueline and Linda Richichi Painting Workshop finally became a reality after over a year of careful planning and preparation. With 13 people in attendance from the United States and Canada, we set out for Greece. To say that the painting workshop was a success would be an understatement and, now that we’re back, we want to share our experiences with you!
As we set out for Mykonos on September 21st, the excitement among our group was evident. We spent 5 days in Mykonos and stayed at the Hotel Madalena, a small boutique hotel built in exquisite authentic architectural Mykonian style and conveniently located within walking distance of the main town.
Mykonos Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece and spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi). Coined “The Island of the Winds”, Mykonos is well-known for its beauty, vibrant nightlife, and gay-friendly atmosphere with various establishments catering to the LGBT community.
On our first day in Mykonos, the painting workshop was held at our hotel where Jacqueline and Linda instructed us on their methods of starting a painting. With an awe-inspiring view of the yachts, town, and the famous Mykonian windmills from the hotel, our painters got started on their own paintings.
Mykonos stayed true to its nickname on our first day as it was pretty windy and we were happy to be greeted by everything Mykonos Island had to offer. While our group was busy painting away during the day, I decided to venture out into the backstreets of Mykonos where I was met by the sight of picture-esque little shops, restaurants, wonderful bakeries, and ice cream shops.
Over our remaining days in Mykonos, our group had a number of great experiences. This included visiting a lighthouse, eating pastry in a graveyard, and, of course, swimming in the ocean. Many of us took a 20 minute boat ride to Delos, a nearby island known for some of the most important mythological and archeological sites in Greece.
Whether painting by the town hall or engaging painting critiques, Mykonos was a great experience for all of us. I even did a photo walk with everyone and took images of the students and beautiful landscape!
Our next destination was Santroini, an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland, where we spent three days at the Hotel Andromeda. We were very happy with our accommodations as we were given the honeymoon suite, complete with an outdoor hot tub.
Known as the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, the Minoan eruption, Santroini was full of amazing views. During my time in Santorini, I took a three and a half hour walk along the coastal walkway where I was taken aback by the beauty of the clear blue sky and crystal clear waters.
While most of the students stayed in Santorini, five of us decided to move on to the next destination of our painting workshop trip, Athens.
We spent a total of two nights in Athens and stayed at an AirB&B just eight blocks away from some of the most popular destinations in Athens. This included the Acropolis, Parthenon, The Plaka, Theater of Dionysos, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the first modern Olympic Stadium and I was thrilled to take pictures in these locations.
As the capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is also regarded as one of the oldest cities with a history spanning over 3,400 years. It is also commonly referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. During our time there, we experienced incredible sights and relished in the historical importance of the location. Considering that this painting workshop was also a celebration of Jacqueline and I’s 25th wedding anniversary, there were few places I’d rather spend it than in Athens and all of the other beautiful destinations we visited during our Greece Painting Workshop.
Painting Workshop in Greece
We couldn’t be happier with the success of the Greece Painting Workshop. Each of the workshop participants created some beautiful pieces of art and the trip itself was enjoyable for everyone. Baldini Vandersluys Photography would like to thank everyone who participated for being a part of the trip. We had a great experience and will carry the memories that we created during our time in Greece for a lifetime. Linda Richichi website and Baldini Vandersluys Photographers