Sunny spring weather in Northern Italy and Southern France.
Poppies by the roadside, Alps in the distance, cobbled streets, grand buildings, Old towns.... meant for an interesting month of work, plus some sketches.
The 50cc Agricultural model put out by Piaggio (of Vespa fame)
The old town of Bergamo Alta - just near the top of the funicular
Carabinieri in dress uniform
Carabinieri on duty at the May Day protests - keeping a weather eye out
Lecture (in Italian) at the Crespi d'Adda volunteer info centre
In the garden, means of sharpening your tools
Lunch at Grasse
Boulangerie - Grasse Market
Weaponry at the Grasse Museum
Horse blinkers from the Grasse museum
Jazz busker - Milano
Noisy May Day workers protest in Bergamo
Fiddly, impressive Milano cathedral
Train at Milano Stazione
Sketching with my new Illustrator friend, Milano Urban Sketcher Gabriele Orlando
More sketching with Gabriele
Here is Gabriele's sketch at the same spot but including me :-) I was full of admiration at his ability to sketch rapidly.
This sketch earned me a free lunch - and their Sicilian food and drink was delicious
Porta in one of the walls of Bergamo Alta
My train carriage companion from Milano to Ventamiglia - he had a laugh when he saw it