When it comes to landmarks, I don’t really have a favorite. Since I’m currently on holiday, my favorite landmarks become whatever is around me. Right now, I’m typing this while looking at palm trees, but earlier this afternoon I was looking at a really delicious blackberry mojito. It’s not large enough to qualify as a landmark visually, but the flavor was memorable enough to qualify emotionally so that’s were we landed today. It was amazing! Perhaps the drink was perfectly ordinary in some ways, but when served with a view of the ocean and the sound of crashing waves it rises up to a new level. The weather has been a bit cloudy while we’ve been here, so there’s been a haze that makes it difficult to see the ocean properly. Just as we were finishing this little drink, the sun made an appearance, bringing with it blue skies and the view went from lovely to amazingly perfect. All of this happened just as we were finishing this little drink, so it’s now part of that memory.
As I mentioned before, we’re just doing things as they happen on this trip. Yesterday, we had a blast doing one of the things I always loved to do as a kid. Going on a field trip! As it turns out, we’re just 20 minutes away from Da Vinci Paint Co., which are the same paints that I’ve been using for the last several posts! Marcello was kind enough to meet with us and give us a tour, showing us how the paints are made. I’ve been loving these paints, which have a vibrant and consistent quality to them (they also have a special rewetting agent that works as well as honey, better if you want to lift color a bit on the paper), so it was so cool to see a bit behind the scenes. The amount of care and control that goes into these paints is astounding and, at the end of the process, each tube is hand-poured. No large factory floor with robots. Just a small group of passionate people who really want to make something perfectly fantastic. My inner child was giddy seeing all of this happen and the adult in me had a brand new appreciation for these fabulous artist quality paints.
I love little trips like this one. The kind where you don’t do all the things that a tourist might, but all the things that are specific and wonderful to you! That said, I will be doing both tomorrow as we head to the San Diego Zoo! I’ve never been, so I’m excited to see it, and yeah, my inner child is pretty much in charge of the itinerary this trip. I’m simply in charge of ordering drinks to celebrate. I love seeing new sights, making new memories and finding new things. It’s wonderful thinking that there are so many things still out there waiting to become my new favorite. It’s an interesting journey going through these prompts. The answers are not always what I’d expect to see from myself and others. Sometimes, it seems like the thing you choose has to be some monumental object of great importance. For me, it’s just the current shiny thing that is glowing brightest at that moment of my journey. Today, in lieu of sun to flicker across palm trees, even an unassuming blackberry mojito could fill the function of my favorite landmark.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow Leaf Green, Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Red Rose Deep, Ultramarine Violet, Cobalt Blue, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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