20 Sep


Wanna Go for a Ride???

From Venice to Paris in a day.
Sounds romantic, I know.

Except for…ahem, that my Paris is in Kentucky AND then there’s that little matter of 16 hours of traveling (and there you sit, all rested and in the same time zone;)!
Three plane changes, 2 security checks, (cameras, laptops, kindles:  OUT!  Scarfs, belts, shoes: OFF!)
Scraps of dignity?…Left behind at the freakin’ full body scanner 😉
I thought everyone would be excited that I was back.

Obviously, I missed the gondola on that one…
Do you have any tips on overcoming extreme guilt?  Or dealing with those who are having, how can I say this delicately, anger issues?
It’s been a looong 3 days since I returned….
HOWEVER….Italy was fabulous with you my friend.  I felt we needed to have a grand celebratory ending to our fun under the Tuscan sun (and elsewhere) in Italia.
To that end….ONE GRAND FINALE GIVEAWAY, one more video, and more pics of beautiful Italy!!
Put on your glad rags and get ready to be serenaded.  Your “carriage” awaits 🙂 !!

And while you’re all dressed up may as well look for a place to grab a bite to eat 🙂

Looks like the perfect spot!

Fresh mozzarella with yummy tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
And a little local vine and water dedicated to Italian opera 🙂

Well, if you’re going to paint a still life, everyone knows you need an odd number of desserts items….

In Italy each little thing has the ability to become a work of art.

Door knockers are included in that.
Some welcoming and some

good for those days when you just want to be left to yourself  😉

Uncommon beauty in common things….

perhaps that is what we love most about Italy!

(Please note:  The photos I share here of our time in Italy are to be used as reference for  doing watercolors for personal journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used soley for that purpose:-)

A huge hug for taking this trip with me. I have felt you there with me in spirit, looking over my shoulder and whispering in my ear to make sure we didn’t miss a thing 😉

Dreama Tolle Perry Log
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  1. Phyllis Elliott

    A wonderful gift to me from the most giving and talented artist/instructor. I can’t wait for my gifts to arrive! I’m still in shock

  2. Lin

    I do so love your watercolors — as well as your acrylics and oils … and thank you for the trip to Italy. I was there this spring and my weather was a bit chillier than you’ve had — but oh the delights! Thank you for sharing the trip — the glorious images, and your work! Please consider doing a watercolor workshop!!!

  3. Donna Rose

    Your photos of Italy are fantastic. Love your yummy colors

  4. Mary Crook Moran

    Loving all the beautiful photos almost as much as your humorous remarks! Thanks.

  5. Shelly Medley

    Just gorgeous! Would love to win your give- a-way today or ANY day!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Kathryn Sellers Bunn

    Would love to win these wonderful art supplieslove those twinks AND Dreama’s paintings!

  7. Dottie Majeski Bassett

    beautiful Dreama! Sonny and I started our Honeymoon in Venice. I have such wonderful memories. I will never share Venice with another man~that is Sonny’s. He is gone now.

  8. Kathy Cousart

    Fabulous and funny post! Always love seeing it through your eyes and with your writings. Love the watercolors…you inspire us all to try new things and stretch! That’s is a gift….Thanks Dreama!

  9. Trixie Belden

    Would love to go to Italy. Gorgeous pictures!

  10. Carrie Roets-Waller

    I have some pictures from Venice that look just like these:) Love that city!!

  11. Joyce Wilson Howard

    Great trip, videos, photos and painted postcards. Thanks for taking us along with you Dreama!

  12. Janet Terrien Bracewell

    Brought back wonderful memories of our own gondola ride in Venice!

  13. Mary Moran

    You really have me curious about those shimmering water colors. Only you would discover such wonders! Thanks.

  14. Kristy Williams Tracy

    I feel like I’m with you in Italy when I read your posts. Thanks for a beautiful travel journal!

  15. Deborah Scott

    wow, hard to get into your workshops!!booked way in advance!! love your work

  16. jobi

    Hi Dreama! The wedding is this Saturday! I’ve been in full metal MOBzilla mode! haha Things are all falling into place and both Samantha and I are ready for this to be a happy memory! Here we go! The weather forecast is good so I’m very thankful! That was a biggee! Outdoor wedding on a golf course with no where to go! Thanks for thinking of me! I will get my life back next week. Can’t wait to lay down some color in celebration! xoxo Thanks again for my trip to Italy! It helped distract me from all I had to obsess over! 🙂

  17. Karen Christensen

    I have loved this tour with you! I planned on visiting my brother in Italy, but never made it. He moved back a year earlier than planned. Through you, I got to see what I missed!

  18. Suzanne Dungan

    Loved your trip and your sharing it with us all, and especially the pics of the miffed furkids!!!

  19. Nancy Martin Piros

    I really enjoyed following you on my computer during your trip to Italy. I found it refreshing. Also , should I be chosen to win the collection of your wonderful watercolor painting . I promise to take very good of it should I be lucky enough to win it!!! Hugs . Hope you can get rest soon….

  20. Becky Brothers Coleman

    I tried to post the Journal image on Pinterest but Pinterest wouldn’t let me. It said it was an invalid photo. I love all the inspiring photos and am looking forward to attending a workshop next year.

  21. Hoda Dimitri Nicholas

    What a lovely trip Dreama and welcome home!!! hopefully you’re over the jet lag by now….

  22. Teressa Sliger

    Your writings, your paintings, your pictures, your videos, have been so wonderful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your life.

  23. Sharon Lynn Williams

    I have been to Venice but never got to take a gondola ride, so thanks for taking one with me! Glad you are home safe and sound.

  24. Susan Walker

    You have done a wonderful job sharing your trip. It has been and inspiration.

  25. Cheryl Pennington

    I’ve enjoyed the trip to Italy so much. You’ve inspired me to sketch and paint

  26. Linda Macgregor

    I do hope to get to Venice someday and I think your idea of ‘renting’ a gondola for the day is perfect!!

  27. Janell Sills Mithani

    Wonderful video and pictures. Door knockers are always so interesting. My kitty always pouts and ignores me for a few days when we leave him to take a trip. 🙂

  28. Sherry Defazio

    Memories of a beautiful place and a great time linger in your mind. Thanks so much for sharing.

  29. Karen Benkowski

    You have brought back so many memories of our trips to Venice and Rome. Thank you so much for sharing your special times with us.

  30. Valerie McMullen

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful Venice video! It doesn’t even look real! Hope to make it there someday! Your photos are beautiful as well!

  31. Sharon G. Dozier

    Truly a JOY…..find my heart beating a little faster and in awe of the beautiful scenery. Thanks for always giving to others Dreama!!!! Be blessed!!!

  32. Liz Rosky

    This has been a wonderful arm chair travel at a time when I needed it the most. Thank you for sharing and giving us the opportunity to see Italy through your wonderful Artists eyes!

  33. Anne Ryan

    Thank you for sharing lovely pieces from your amazing trip to Venice. I especially loved the virtual gondola ride – something I have always wanted to do. The scenes in the back canals were stunning. I would love to sit at the amazing table for two at the window, also. Your photos are definitely inspiring me to sketch and paint. The beauty that can be found in the everyday things around us provide some of the most inspiration.

  34. Susan Cranston McManamen

    Lovely, lovely photos. Makes me long for a return to Italy even more than ususal. 🙂 Thank you for your beautiful postings!

  35. Deb LaRocque

    What a great trip. You must me exhausted dragging all of us around. Relax and take some time to savor your trip! We’ll all be here when you are rested and ready to paint. Thank you again for sharing.

  36. Judy Baker

    Thank you for sharing your trip to Italy! What a wonderful summer you’ve had–first to France, then Italy. Beautiful photos and videos you’ve shared.

  37. Leslie Newman

    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos Dreama. Everything was beautiful!

  38. Gail Storti

    Thank you for this wonderful trip to Italy! I enjoyed every second of it and hope to join you again on another exciting adventure! Also….tell your furry children that if they are really good, that you will take them along next time!

  39. Carol Collier

    What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us! I’ve got to go to Venice….GOT TO.

  40. Sarah Davis

    Soo. Beautiful. The colors are breath taking

  41. Andrea Liebman Hawkes

    Wonderful, wonderful photos – thank you so much for sharing. As I am unable to travel at the moment (I have a very old dog to whom I am devoted and who I cannot leave) it is so amazing to have these photos and be able to use them as reference.

  42. Dianne L. Stroup

    What a beautiful trip it has been…Thank you again for the introduction to Venice…I know I’m gonna love it and the gondola is a must!

  43. Bobbie Ward

    thank you so much for the trip through Venice. I love traveling with you.

  44. Gaylynn M. Robinson

    Loved the gondola ride. I have enjoyed all your videos and seeing Italy through your eyes. Thanks!

  45. Deanna Tennent Masterson

    ! was in Venice last September, but didn’t take a gondola ride so enjoyed yours so much! Thank you for sharing.

  46. Carol Hayes Schiff

    Dreama, thank you for this wonderful tour of my favorite place in the world. It was almost as good as being there!

  47. Cj Rider

    For some reason when I try to pin the image it does not place the image- so I had to pin a different one on this page. Don’t know what I am doing wrong!

  48. Mary Beth Attix Harrison

    Welcome home! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  49. Josephine Hardison Fine Art

    Love the Gondola ride!!!

  50. Lois Tooker

    Love the journal – how beautiful

  51. Tish Barrens Murphy

    You know I would love to win this!

  52. Patricia Stoelting Langley

    Makes me want to go even more!

  53. Sandy Murray Ward

    Dreama, I hope you got one of those beautiful journals for yourself! Thanks for taking us with you…

  54. Welcome home, Dreama!
    I have had the best-ever holiday while simply sitting in my chair at home these past two weeks.:) Molto bene! Bellisimo! And most of all – molto grazie!
    Thank you for every single photo (especially of Venezia and Burano, and also all the cafes and the cats), every single beautiful watercolour bonjournal painting, every single video diary, every single blog post you took the time out from your holiday to share with us, and every single amazing giveaway you have generously offered to all of us.

  55. Andrea Thompson

    What a beautiful ride, loved it!

  56. Wendy Child

    Beautiful photos, glad you had a wonderful time….next time you must visit Florence…I will see you there!

  57. Susan R

    Italy is a dream trip of mine! Loved being able to share your trip with you!!

  58. Leslie Reid Brasher

    What a wonderful armchair travel experience!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  59. Susan Crouch

    Thanks and welcome home! (the Eddies clearly missed you… 🙂

  60. Sharon Merchant Ivy

    This has been so much fun! Thanks for “taking” us along.

  61. Cathy Amos

    Lovely! Thank you for the armchair trip!

  62. Linda Chapman

    Wow what a trip, I loved every minute! Please keep sharing, it is a joy to travel with you!

  63. Fay Terry

    It was fun traveling with you, Dreama!

  64. Prudy Weaver Artist

    Oops, have already commented below.

  65. Prudy Weaver Artist

    Have really enjoyed your trips both to France and Italy. When and where are you going next ;>)

  66. Dotti Matyi

    I so enjoy all your emails, thanks for taking the time to share some of your views and joys on your travels.

  67. Anonymous

    Just home from France and have jet lag too! Up at 3 a.m. and reading your fun blog. Love all the beautiful pictures. Well done!

  68. It takes me at least 2 weeks to feel normal after coming back from France & Italy. I force myself to stay awake when I’m staggering around the house at 5 pm. It will come, but slowly! Bottom line – it’s all worth it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and moments with us.

  69. Beth Badger

    I love your blog, trips, spirit and art, Dreama!

  70. Sharon

    Welcome home. Thanks for the wonderful trip. I so appreciate all your photos, videos and comments.

  71. Rest in the Beauty that surrounds you and savor the moment. There is beauty everywhere around you, just take a moment to drink it in.

  72. Laurie G. Miller

    Loved our trip together….where to next?

  73. Evelyn

    Loved all the photos of Italy and Dreamin I will get there soon!

  74. This is so beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing your trip with us.

  75. Andrée

    Thank you so much,for these wonderful adventures,without having to endure jet lags and security checks…Thanks for getting chances to win beautiful goodies! Andrée

  76. No one captures the beauty of a trip to Italy or France like you Dreama. Inspiring and beautiful!!

  77. Dreama

    Hey Kids–can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed having each of you along for this trip. It honestly does sharpen my eyes and softens my heart to do my best to single out things that I think will bring some beauty to your day, some wonder to the moment and some giggles along the way 🙂
    And James (creator of my favorite easel, THE coulter plein air system;) you do need to make it happen–you would bring your special painting touch to what you see in Italy. And Durinda–you are going to have so much fun! Go out early and go further in on Venice to have less people and more of the amazing timelessness of Venice. If you can work Burano in, do it!
    And Jobi–has the wedding happened yet???
    And to Marcia and Marianne–thanks so much!
    Happy Saturday to everyone and Big Hugs!!!!

  78. marianne leal

    grazie mille for sharing the fabulous italian scenery and your beautiful watercolor paintings! ciao:)

  79. Marcia

    So enjoyed everything on your trip, thanks for sharing it with us.

  80. So fun to see Italy through your eyes! You see beauty in everything. I am really psyched for my trip this coming week. I had better hurry up and sign up for a workshop so we can paint Italy together! I was thinking about getting a Venetian mask for my cat but may have to consider the straw hat!
    Ciao Bella!

  81. Thank you Dreama for a wonderful trip. A visual feast. I loved the videos too. It really was inspiring and such a diversion from the hot desert here in the AZ summer. I need to get back to the Mediterranean again someday.

  82. Helen Farson

    Thank you for the beautiful trip, Dreama!

  83. Cj Rider

    Lovely video.. thanks for sharing! 🙂

  84. Flynn Gentry-Taylor

    So nice of you to share this time…I so enjoyed it!

  85. Martha King Fulghum

    Best armchair trip I’ve ever taken! Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  86. Roseanne Campagna

    What a wonderful trip… Grazia…

  87. Jacklyn Karabaich

    Great movies! What kind of camera did you use?

  88. Lucinda Hathaway

    i want a hat for my cat….so cute!

  89. Anita Tresslar

    It was an amazing trip Dreama. Thank you.

  90. jobi

    The looks on those adorable cat faces are priceless! And you can tell your sweet pup is just happy to have you home! Glad you had a fun safe trip. Thanks for bringing us along! I enjoyed every beautiful minute of it! xoxo

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