7 Sep


“Another Day in Italy and Cartolina #4”

Tuscany is filled with the natural beauty of well tended grapevines and the silvery groves of olive trees.
“Cartolina #4”
Greve in Chianti, Tuscany
From sunrise
to sunset
I know, it’s hard to see the sunset for the 4 gelatos blocking the view…
2 for me, 2 for you;)

Some artists will work for food…..

Ummmm….I would be one of those;))

So many pizzas, so little time….
dipped in the most amazing olive oil:)!
Today was the start of the wine festival in Greve.  There are vineyards everywhere, so naturally, so many local wines to sample—along with marvelous organic olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars:)!
Can I just say the Italians are a late bunch—as I write this (11 PM in Tuscany) there is much singing and laughter happening just across the street:)))
On a warm, balmy night in September it’s good to hear laughter and joy in the voices of those I will never meet.
All is well :)))
 I just wish I had enough time to do cards for each of you.
You inspire me—more than you know:))
In Other News:   Eddie has clawed another winning name from the hat….
Today’s winner of the Cartolina #4 is…..

Jayne Waldrop!!!

So happy for you Jayne:))!–drop me an email with your snail mail address and look for your cartolina in the mail:)!
Still 6 more cartolina’s to be mailed from Italy!
Eddie is anxiously waiting to draw your name;)
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  1. Cindy Shearer

    Oh my, your notes and pictures make me want to go even more than before. You would be a great tour guide, and your pictures are great. Enjoy!

  2. Anonymous

    I am sure I will travel to Tuscany after reading your blog! Carol Hickerson

  3. It looks absolutely divine there!! ahhhh, that pizza & gelato! yummmm…
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
    Cathleen Perkins

  4. Beautiful cartolina! All this looks absolutely divine!
    Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!!

  5. Love the card and the view the card was taken from, so nice to see how to simplify with the sense of place so evident!

  6. Sunday morning. Guess there won’t be any mail today so won’t check for my lovely handmade postcard from Italy.

  7. Anonymous

    There is an incredible glow to the Tuscan Sunsets. One that continues to draw you back to Italy. I have to say that the sunset you captured with 4 sinful cups of delicious gelato – takes the sunset to a whole new level! Somehow my “skinny cow frozen yogurt bar” just doesn’t look enticing!

    Chris Bart

  8. I love the scenery. The postcards are awesome too. Thanks so much for sharing your trips. I am so inspired.

  9. Anonymous

    Oh, Eddie I must tell you how much I, Xena, the Warrior Princess, admire you from afar — I will be delighted if you select my Mom to receive a postcard in the next drawing. She isn’t typing this as fast as I am dictating this, but I don’t type, so we must adjust, sigh. I (Karen) am drooling over all paintings as well as the lovely photos – especially the ones describing pizza, wine, gelato, singing and laughter!
    Thank you for taking me along – Karen G in Texas

  10. Paulette Braucher-Watton

    I can just taste those gelatos! and the pizzas and of course the wine. Lucky you! Wish I were there. Thank you.

  11. I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy…but to paint there too would be wonderful.
    Thank you for giving me a glimpse.

  12. deedub

    I am loving your trip! I am having a passive vacation via Dreama. Thank you!

  13. My favorites, wine, pizza,pasta and beautiful scenery. Thank you for taking me along.

  14. Anonymous

    Hi Dreama, I just commented and I don’t think I left my name. Sylviana from Gallup.

  15. Anonymous

    Buon Giorno Dreama, porfavore mandarme una cartolina. Love your paintings and your blog and your love of travel and food! I mistakenly tried to enter by email and got a reply to contact your husband. We had someone with his name at Gallup High School in New Mexico. Funny!

  16. You really have a talent for writing. You’ve got me laughing so hard at your gelatos. BTW why ARE there four??? P.S. Please put some gelatos in my postcard….better still paint the p’card with gelato.

  17. I’d love for my name to be put into your hat. What fun to follow your trip via the internet!

  18. Dreams, I think I am putting on pounds just looking at all favorite food. Thank you for the beautiful photos.

  19. Anonymous

    Ah, the lovely colors of Tuscany

  20. P.S. I forgot to mention how beautifully elegant you look in that purple dress you were wearing. Oooh La La! : )

  21. An artists is only as good as what she shares…you are a great artists. Joni Leaf

  22. An artists is only as good as what she shares…you are a great artists. Joni Leaf

  23. Sara

    Quick note no service up here in PIB. Lake Erie. Brought ur bk to share w/ friend!!

  24. Lovely sites to see. Thanks, Dreama

  25. Lovely sites to see. Thank you, Dreama

  26. Idyllic. Wonder if we would/could appreciate the beauty and pace if we could be there just anytime. Or is it partly the sense of being in that moment–out of time? Would be nice to find out!

  27. i know everyone keeps saying it, but it’s true: this is a blast and you are a delight. thanks again for sharing it all with us.

  28. Anonymous

    Another one of my favorite food groups…PIZZA!
    Awesome photos and cartolinas. I will just have to speak to Mr. EB to pick me as a winner of one. Ciao. Annette Proimos

  29. As always you have topped your capture of the beauty of Italy. Each post card expresses snippets of the surrounding beauty!
    I am so enjoying your beautiful work and notes you are sending…along with everyone’s post to you!
    Keep enjoying every adventure and thank you for sharing with us all!

  30. Eddie B,
    NO, my photo was not photo-shopped. I’m only 3.
    Adele Bower (For Abby Cat)
    Houston, Texas

  31. Sarah

    If you ever want a second career, you would be dynamite as a travel writer. You bring a delightful combination of sights and tastes to each of us each day.

  32. Kathy von Roenn

    I looks like you are in heaven! Keep enjoying your life, you are an inspiration!
    Kathy von Roenn

  33. Anonymous

    Do I wish I was there with you??? Absolutely!!!
    Looks and sounds like a little bit of heaven.
    Love you,

  34. So beautiful!!! I am sure Eddie is wondering if the gelato comes in a catnip or a shrimp flavor. Hey, it’s worth asking, right???

  35. Barb Nelson

    Such beautiful pictures and paintings. I am
    enjoying it all. Thank you.

  36. Loving your posts! Thanks for taking us along. Drink a glass for me.

  37. it’s a joy to sit down with a cup of tea and live vicariously through your newsletter and paintings. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy so I enjoy watching you paint there. Enjoy!

  38. jen lacoste

    So much gelato, so little waist!!! How DO you do that? So enjoy your paintings, thank you for making them so accessible. Have a wonderful time in Italy. Greetings from Cape Town.

  39. Sue Johnson

    Love al of the photos & paintings. The gelato looks soo good!
    I saved all of the little spoons from our last trip and let me tell
    you I have quite a collection! Sue

  40. MDS

    Dreama, we have a problem.
    You are in Italy, and I am here in Boston dealing with cravings for gelato, pizza, olive oil, et al.
    All the calories, none of the fun!
    How many calories does one burn painting, I wonder???

  41. pat

    Such beauty…it takes my breath away.

  42. Hi Dreama!
    You are living my dream (no pun intended)! I hope you continue to be inspired by the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. I hope Eddie picks me to win a postcard! Cathy

  43. Debra Pruskowski

    You look quite comfortable there! I’m enjoying the ride!

  44. Oh, this is fun– getting to share in your adventures!
    Gimme a slice of that pizza pie!!

  45. Beautiful card this post! And just adore the supporting photos and comments. I love that your one-gelato photos are now 4! I’ve had my gelato factor increase with days spent in Italy too, so I understand.

  46. Beautiful card this post! And just adore the supporting photos and comments. I love that your one-gelato photos are now 4! I’ve had my gelato factor increase with days spent in Italy too, so I understand.

  47. What a wonderful trip! Thanks so much for sharing!

  48. Jack

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  49. Jack

    Your photos are fantastic! Wow, what a beautiful place. I love your posts, it makes me feel like I’m traveling too.

  50. Deb LaRocque

    Your pictures are wonderful. Lucky Eddie will get to see every single one when you get home!

  51. oh DREAMA, I love your work!!!! Would love one of your cards!
    Kathy Bunn

  52. Anonymous

    You are such a marvelous inspiration! Thank you for taking us along to Italy! Julie Reagan

  53. Anonymous

    Eddie, it’s me….Karen…..please pick me…..gotta have a beautiful cartolina!!

  54. Anonymous

    Love enjoying your charming watercolors and being transporting back to Tuscany. I am tasting the stratacillo gelato too! SoRelle F.

  55. Looks like you’re right at home in Italy. I knew you would be.

  56. Linda

    love the photos keep em coming

  57. Dorothy

    I am so grateful that you are sharing your wonderful experiences with so many of us! Drool! Drool! Not just the gelato…the sights, sounds, smells, everything is so amazing! Love, love, love your posts. Please put my name in the drawing! I would love to be the winner! Thanks, Dorothy

  58. Can you send some gelato…..hahaha…..maybe just have some for me…..I am loving reading….seeing…..sharing your journey…..thanks big for the posts!!!

  59. Anonymous

    I am having so much fun on your trip, Dreama ! Thanks for taking me along. Carol Hickerson

  60. Nancy at Finch Cottage

    I love the light coming through the buildings at night. Thank you.

  61. Hallie Brunson

    I loved your palette knife painting. Having been there, I know exactly why you don’t make the trip back to town. That short 25 miles can take up to 2 hours. Oh but what beautiful country. We took the short “scenic route”. I think it took 6 hours to get out of the country.{we weren’t supposed to be in Italy because of car rental. OOPS!}But it was sure fun!! Continue to have fun!!

  62. Dreama, more Gelato? How will you fit back in the plane seat? You look thin now, (really good in purple)but all that pizza? lol, walk it off! Love the sunset, sunrise views–love the blog!

  63. I like your comment about hearing laughter and joy in the voices of those you’ll never meet.

  64. On, how lovely… Your printing , your writings….. Can’t wait to paint with you. XO Martha Elder

  65. Dreama, your cards and photos are inspiring. I wish you would do a watercolor class!

  66. Hope Eddie snags my name out of the hat! I look forward to each new day of “our” trip on your blog! Thanks for sharing.:)

  67. Throwing out my services to carry your luggage on these wondrous adventures Dreama. Love the views, the food, and especially your art.

  68. I’m right there with you sharing those gelatos and glad you’re having such a wonderful time. The post cards are such a fun way to share.

  69. Shar

    Eddie, pick me, please! I love to share my pizza:)

  70. Shar

    Eddie, pick me, please!!!

  71. Lyn

    Receiving your daily posts is a delight. Thanks for the joy!

  72. Pick me! Pick me! Wish I were there with you!
    Marion Corin Mayer

  73. Yvonne

    Hi Dreama

    Ahhhhh Greve in Chianit!!!!!

    I spent my honeymoon there 6 years ago, brings back great memories. Have a wonderful time, enjoy it for me !!!

    Yvonne ( Cape Town, South Africa )

  74. Did you know??? You don’t need to be embarrassed about your piggly wiggly eating habits and snorkeling down your pizza in a single gulp after sloshing it around in a pool of olive oil. Relief! The Italians actually have a word for this- scarpetta (little shoe) when you ‘clean’ your plate at the end with a bit of bread. You might even be considered RUDE if you don’t eat everything. This must be the polite way of replacing licking your plate!

  75. We appreciate what YOU do!! Hugs to you from us – Jeannine & Pippa

  76. Yvonne

    Hi Dreama

    Ahhhhh Greve in Chianit!!!!!

    I spent my honeymoon there 6 years ago, brings back great memories. Have a wonderful time, enjoy it for me !!!

    Yvonne ( Cape Town, South Africa )

  77. Pizza never looks so good… I had a boxed frozen pizza hours ago..so I am up with heart burn.. I wish I was up with singing and laughing from the street!! I think I have some Otter Pops in freezer to cool my boxed pizza dinner down..I will think of it as gelato.

  78. Lyn

    It’s 3am as I read this, and you’re making me drool! Not only for the food, but for the beauty of the countryside as well…

  79. Debra

    What a beautiful and inspiring place to visit and paint! I’m enjoying seeeing your sketches and paintings and hearing your experience of Italy.

  80. Unknown

    Psst,psst, Eddie how about one for me. Hmm, perhaps Santa Claws will leave something extra special in your stocking. Poor guy stuck at home with silly baby, Eddie Pierre, and mama running amok in the wonderful Tuscan countryside, absorbing inspiration to bring home in her wonderful paintings. Come on Eddie, pick me. Teresa

  81. MDS

    Buona sera!
    You look like you “fit” so well in Italy.
    However, beware of gelato- it can change everything!

  82. Linda Stratton

    Count me in! I love all of your post cards!

  83. What a lovely trip Dreama! We are hoping to go on our tenth anniversary, just a hop over there though, as we are in England 🙂 Your pics and paintings inspired my desire for the trip! Hope to be able to go! 🙂 You are a lovely person to share all your thoughts and your paintings with us. Thank you.

  84. Carol Morris

    Look forward to your postings every day! The villages and countryside are so beautuful!!

  85. Anonymous

    Congrats to Jayne! Lucky lucky! Now maybe before the trip is over I can convince Eddie to snag my name out of the hat! LOL! Thank you for sharing such beautiful sights and colors with us Dreama. …. Monica Avila 🙂

  86. Looks like your rain has cleared up. Italy looks good on you;)

  87. When the moon hits your eye like a big piece of pie, that’s amore! I am going to a family reunion on Sunday – I’m sure there will be singing and laughing into the later hours also – yes we are Italian!
    BTW, I’m taking a gelato terrine to share for dessert. Almost as good as visiting Italy…

  88. Gail

    It’s a good thing I just finished dinner, otherwise I would be headed for the airport to hop the next plane to Greve to share pizza and gelato with you! Then we could go across the street and party with the neighbors! Cartolina #4 Is wonderful. Jayne is one lucky lady, congrats to her! Can’t wait for tomorrows drawing, I have my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed Eddie picks my name! Ciao!

  89. All your writing, painting, and photos are almost enough to make me wish to travel again….. but not quite…. Thank you for sharing!

  90. Love the photographs!!! I feel like I am there with you. Thank you for sharing like you do!!!

  91. Such a delight to “travel” along with you, Dreama! Great photos, paintings and postcards!

  92. Nothing like a sunset full of gelato! That photo just cries out to be a cartolina! Please tell Eddie I like cats now…

  93. Enjoying Italy vicariously thru you! Must get one of those cool watercolor kits! And the gelato looks wonderful. Just one scoop for me please!

  94. Oh how I hope Eddie picks my name…… I adore your art and love the idea that you are back there painting more and more.
    peace n abundance,

  95. So much beauty is Tuscany and cartolina #4. Congrats Jayne!!!

    Beautiful pics, beautiful postcards, lovely writings. Thanks again for sharing 🙂

  96. Gaylynn

    Dreama, I am enjoying your posts from Italy just as much as I did your posts from France. The views, the gelato, the puns and your paintings! An fabulous combo in my email daily! Thanks

  97. I love to incorporate something from each country I visit into my daily life. After Italy we really switched to using all kinds of olive oil. More envious you are surrounded by this than the gelato! Also love all the arched doorways. I’m enjoying your trip!-

  98. Looks like heaven on earth. And tasty to. 🙂

  99. I stayed in Greve in 2004. Just as lovely as I remember it. The castle above Greve is Montefioralle. They filmed “Much Ado About Nothing” there. We stayed in a restored pasta factory.

  100. Love all your work! awesome! Looks like a lot of fun to me!

  101. Those pizzas look very yummy. Thank-you for sharing

  102. So, how many shades of gelato are there? LOL! I love seeing the posts every day! So inspiring! Thanks again, Dreama! :))
    Becky Hicks

  103. Surely sooner or later my card will arrive from Italy.

  104. Andrene Schmelzer

    When I was in Florence for a whole month, our apartment was over a very nice Italian restaurant. Slept with the window open and could hear the hustle and bustle of the people coming and going until it closed at night. (around 2 am)

  105. June

    ps – Congratulations to Jayne for winning cartolina numero 4!

    pps – Forgot to say that the photo of you sitting at the table outside the table is lovely. It’s an added plus that the weather is so good – very conducive to enjoying many more drives through towns and villages, many more glasses of chianti, many more pizzas, and of course, many more gelatos to sample.

  106. Mary

    Your trip is simply yummy!!!

  107. June

    Ahhhh…all those delicious wines to choose from, all those pizzas dribbled with organic olive oil (may I just say that pizza is, always has been and forever shall be my all-time favourite comfort food, party food and food group, full-stop?), and topped off with all those amazing gelatos, while drinking in the gorgeous scenery (not to mention drinking in the wine, of course)? Ahhhh….life is good…or as they say there, ‘la vita e dolce’.

    I remember loving the easy-going and late-to-start culture of Italy. Venice was particularly like that – it was wonderful. But then, all of Italy is wonderful, as you are experiencing, first hand.

    Thank you for wishing you could paint a postalina for each one of us, but that’d of course mean you’d have to stay there at least two thousand more days to accomplish such a task. Not that I think you’d have to have your arm twisted to stay there a while longer, of course, lol.

    You inspire me every single day, with every single post, and every single painting you create. Thank you for sharing not only your Italian journey with us all each day, but for sharing your creative journeys with us, too.

  108. You are making me SOOOO HUNGRY! When I saw the photo of those little pizza’s it reminded me of the little pizza place we had lunch at on Whidbey Island..somehow I think the Italian pizza might win out though!
    Enjoying every moment of this trip.. thanks for taking us along! : )

  109. I am officially jealous. That pizza, that gelato, that sunset!! So gorgeous. And so happy you get to have such a great time. 🙂 Love the watercolor postcard, it is beautiful

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