Sun deprived…

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

I have lived in Ottawa for the last 14 years and according to, sale we get 303.38 days of sun a year… It may be -30 but it will be sunny! I presently am in Navenby, England and since I arrived May 1st we have only had about 14 days of sun and that was, mostly, all at once…. therefore making the other 6 weeks bleak, dreary and wet. I still have a month to go…. My roommate Roberta said to me the other day, “you are noticeably different when the sun is shining”.  I know this to be true.  It is not that I am moody, or terse but rather quiet and...

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Plein Air Painting with Tom Francesconi

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Our first plein air experience in Croatia this Fall, viagra buy is with Tom Francesconi of Homewood, viagra Illinois. Tom’s passion for watercolor and his love for teaching combine to create a dynamic workshop experience that is enjoyable, stomach informative and inspirational.  Tom’s watercolor workshops focus on the importance of concept and how to bring an original idea to fulfillment with paint.  Tom will discuss such topics as value relationships, planning the painting, design principles, and usage of color.  A variety of daily demonstrations allow participants to see how Tom approaches...

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Supporting Local Economies

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

I read an article the other day about supporting the local economy  while you are travelling, and it got me thinking, what do I do to support local economies? As you know I run art tours to Croatia.  When my clients arrive at the Dubrovnik airport, I transfer them to Cavtat which is 3km away.  Originally I had intended to have my students stay in Dubrovnik but with a group of 8-14 students, I would have had to stay in a hotel. Hotels are fine but not a true indication of the place you are staying in; living amoungst the locals always gives you a flavour of the local culture.  I was lucky to...

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Croatia, the place for Tours!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

For those that are new to my blog I would like to welcome you.  I would also like to take a minute to introduce myself and our company. Slikamilina Painting and Photography tours has been in business since 2008, price and has been running 10 day all-inclusive tours (except airfare) to Dubrovnik and the Island of Korcula.  We started with painting tours and last year added photography tours to our itinerary. price Dubrovnik” src=”×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”199″...

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Taking the train

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Blog | 5 comments

I don’t take the train often, because  in Canada it is still cheaper to drive your own car. I also think that it would be cheaper to drive here as well, but while I am in the UK I am carless and so I am taking the train. I flew to the Netherlands last Saturday, out of Stansted Airport. From Navenby you are looking at a 3 hour trip and so I decided to take the train. Now there was a bus but it took 6 hours and I would not have made the flight. Also I am not a big fan of the bus as the diesel smell makes me sick. I like the train… for many reasons really… I like the motion,...

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Staying connected

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

I am lucky enough to have friends all over the world.  I have kept intouch with most people I have met over the last 30 years, infact I send out 150 Christmas cards every year. In today’s day and age it is easy to keep intouch, find old friends, and make plans to see each other. My 6 months has started in Navenby, England.  My friend Roberta is in the Canadian Military and she has been stationed in Digby for the next 3 years. Given that  my Painting & Photography tours are in Croatia, England is not that far away, so Roberta has been kind enough to let me use her as a base for the...

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