Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eating our Way Through Italy

You may not know this about me, but I love FOOD!  It's the stuff of life, and in my option:


When in Italy this October, food was a large focus of our trip.  Enjoy these photos of some of the wonderful meals we enjoyed together...  If you'd like to join me next year, SIGN UP TODAY for my 2015 EAT, PAINT, COOK TOUR OF TUSCANY.  Details here on my website- 

Food brings us together!

Breakfast!  Renata makes us a special cake every morning...
Every evening- we gather here with aperitifs before dinner to reflect on the day and the beautiful scenery

Fish with tomatoes and olives

This kind of food is so readily available and so good for you!
After shopping at the Farmer's market- We have a picnic together in Monterrigioni
Dievole Winery makes great wines and has a beautiful dining room ready for our group! 
Bicerin- espresso, Chocolate, milk...what's not to love?!
A glaze of balsamic vinegar on this tower of vegetables was so pretty I had to take a photo

Murano glass makes everything taste better- Here I'm in Murano- the home of artisanal glass outside of Venice
A typical cafe in Venice at night- this one was a favorite of ours 
Dinner at San Fedele is an opportunity to gather and have fun together over a great meal

The stage is set for yet another fantastic meal at San Fedele

This wine maker produces a super line of Tuscan wines and a very special wine called Vinsanto- it's a fortified wine which is carried exclusively by the Ritz Carlton, however, we got to taste it and order some to send home!
Chocolate anyone?  Dessert is on the menu during our cooking class. 
A wine tour of beautiful Dievole Winery in Chianti
Food Art

Gorgeous salad

Good food and beautiful surroundings makes for happy times- here is Ginny and Jim Ward at San Fedele

Dianne Morrell and Becky Conwell made friends on the trip. Coming here as an individual traveler was comfortable and never lonely thanks to our great group. 

If you'd like to join me next year, SIGN UP TODAY for my 2015 EAT, PAINT, COOK TOUR OF TUSCANY.  Details here on my website- our private chef will make sure our meals are fantastic and then show us a few tricks in the kitchen during optional cooking lessons. 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Arty Party- Gather Your Group and HAVE FUN TOGETHER!

What kind of activity engages everyone: senior, TEEN and youngsters?    Tired of family watching TV or on their cell phones?  Try this idea...
Have an ARTY PARTY!  

Spend time together doing something UNUSUAL and MEMORABLE.   It's EASY- just contact me and we can make it happen!  

New Convenient Location near Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach!
I Was Fired In SC- Pottery Painting Studio
4021 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 

Here's how to schedule your event and lots of photos from past Arty Party fun...

Arty Party- Check out all the fun in these images from past parties!

Fun for family and friends...  You bring the smiles and I'll help you with everything else. 
Schedule your Arty Party TODAY!
Call or text 843-450-2307 
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Rebecca Zdybel
Artist, Instructor, Art-Travel Instructor
Art Lessons in all media
Myrtle Beach, SC

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Learn Watercolor Basics Making Holiday Cards

Coastal Carolina University's OLLI Program-  Tuesday Dec 2 and 9 12:30-2:30 and 3-5 PM
79th Ave N Campus, Myrtle Beach, SC- Sign up online here

You can come to make holiday cards during my 
Regular Art classes on Wed's 1-4 and Saturdays 1-4 (check the calendar here online for my schedule) 
Contact me to reserve your seat- email contact through this website or text/call me at 843-450-2307

Materials for Watercolor Holiday Card Making Class: with Rebecca Zdybel

• Watercolors and mixing palette (your colors)


Friday, November 28, 2014

Eat, Paint, Cook Tour of Tuscany 2015

Come with me to TUSCANY!  Oct 3-10, 2015

We will EAT, PLAY, and LOVE the opportunity to spend time in this romantic region of Italy.  Here is the complete brochure.  Follow the link at the bottom to read even more.  

Eat, Paint, Cook Tour of Tuscany 2015- with link .pdf

Here is the link to follow to see more about the trip and REGISTER for all the fun!  

Click the link below: 

Il Chiostro's Eat Paint Cook Tour of Tuscany 2015 with Rebecca Zdybel

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Venice, Italy- Top 10 Fun Things To Do

As you may have guessed, I just returned from a really enjoyable 6 day stay in Venice.  I write this post because I believe Venice has the undeserved reputation of being a place you don't want to stay for more than a a day.  I believe it's because most American tourists may stay near the San Marco Square area...which I hated.  It was so busy and so commercial that I wanted to hurry away every time we happened to be in that neighborhood.  

Instead, we stayed on the far side of the Grand Canal across the Accademia bridge in Dorsoduro.  The area is much more residential.  That's how I like it!  I know I'm a tourist, but I don't want to hang out in a sea of tourists.  I like to experience "real life", and glimpse how the natives live when possible.  If you're like me, and looking for some authentically fun things to do in Venice, then you may want to try some of these ideas... I'm hoping to share these with my group next year!


1.  Take a Vaporetto Tour- get a seat onboard a Vaporetto and see the city from it's best angle.  If you buy a ticket for an extended tour, you can ride for as long as you'd care to and see a lot of the city. Water taxis or vaporetti, (try getting on No. 1 at Piazzale Roma or even No. 2 lines) have sheltered outdoor seating areas in the back and sometimes in the bow. Experienced Venetian guides recommend taking No. 1 at night because it zigzags across the Grand Canal for 45 minutes from Piazzale Roma to San Marco, and allows you to go beneath the Rialto Bridge and peek inside to see the decorated ceilings and chandeliers of the historic palaces that line the canal.

2.  Hop on Board the Traghetto- For 2 Euros you can ride in a gondola across the Grand Canal.  It's fast and its fun.  The one we rode was just down the street from the Guggenheim Art Collection (toward Santa Maria della Salute and away from Accademia Bridge).

3.  Go to a Vivaldi Concert- The group Interpreti Veneziani holds concerts at the Chiesa Di San Vidal (the church of San Vidal- very near the Accademia Bridge and Vaporetto Station and not far from San Marco Square)  They have a really exuberant showy style of playing their string instruments and are accompanied by harpsichord.  Hearing the music in the setting for which it was composed was fabulous!

4.  Have a Bicherin at Gelateria Paolin at Campo S. Stefano.   It's a yummy coffee/chocolate/cream concoction that is unique and worth trying!

5.  Go to the Venice Jazz Club-  Near Campo San Barnaba- Ponte die Pugni.  They are closed Thursday and Sunday and have a nice evening show they put on.  Get tickets in advance since the club is small.  Despite this, we were able to get 20 Euro tickets for the same night and really enjoyed it.  Click this Link to the Venice Jazz Club

6.  Take a Gondola Ride- for 80 Euros you can split the cost among as many people as you'd like to cram into your Gondola.  It's one of those things you may regret NOT doing if you leave without hopping on board.

7.  See Murano and Burano 
Click this link to read & see photos of our trip to Murano and Burano

8.  Experience the Zattere Promenade-  Have dinner/cocktail on the Zatteré.  Take a stroll.  We loved it at sunset...we loved it in the morning.  This is a beautiful promenade and has a great view.  Our favorite meal was on the terrace at Ristorante Terrazza del Casin Dei Nobile.  We had a wonderful Sea Bass with Pomegranates and Roasted Pumpkin Slices.  I also enjoyed the Salmon/Tuna Stack.  

9.  Campo San Barnaba- Ristoteca Oniga is yummy and it's right around the corner from the Jazz Club.  

10.  See the Peggy Guggenheim Collection-  This Museum houses a fabulous collection of great early 20th Century Contemporary Modern Artists.  The museum is in what was once the home of Peggy Guggenheim, and I loved spending the morning there.  I really enjoyed the audio tour.  It took me 2.5 hours to see it all in a leisurely fashion. 

11.  San Marco Square-  Even though it doesn't make my "top 10",  I include it because you have to see it at least once.  It's a great place to people watch.  If you'd like you can feed the pigeons (though technically you're not supposed to do it).  You can also experience the beauty of the square, but know that you'll probably pay over 20-30 Euros for a cocktail at the bars there.  High tide can cause the square to flood, but they put out logs to use as "stepping stones".  Hopefully the restoration will be complete before long and allow you to see it in it's full glory. 

One of my favorite paintings of this beautiful church is below- by Steve Rogers

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