Going to Europe for September Sabbatical

on of the paintings completed this summer in the Guad Squad series.

on of the paintings completed this summer in the Guad Squad series.

Hi there, Gorgeous Genius!

Now that my Sanctuary Studio Summer has drawn to a close, I’m off to Europe for a month.

Not to teach this time. This trip is for pure pleasure, celebration and creative renewal, and I’ve been eager to tell you about it.

Creative Journey

September is my birthday month, so I decided, sort of last minute, to go on a creative adventure.

It’s a kind of #septembersabbatical, and will be doing just what I’m encouraging you to do: travel, create, and stretch outside of your comfort zone.

I’m taking a creativity workshop in Paris, because it is such a luxury to be a participant and not always the leader. It helps me to shake up my routine and do things differently. After that, a retreat with one of my spiritual teachers, something I like to do at least once per year.

what I’ll be doing instead of email…

Your Europe Travel Tips Wanted

I’d love to know any tips you have for places to visit in Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Malta or Venice?

These are the main cities on my itinerary.

On September 25 (birthday day!) I’ll be in Malta. This is my first visit there and I’m so intrigued.

J’adore… I love…

I love journaling and while drinking strong coffee in beautiful cafes, combing through used book shops, visiting galleries and design shops that carry local, contemporary artists, listening to live jazz, and shopping for art and stationary supplies.

Roaming around a city taking photos, finding somewhere to sketch a little, catching up in my travel journal in a beautiful cafe… these are a few of my favorite things.

coffe in paris... always a good idea!

Join me next time?

If this sounds like your idea of a great time is what we do in my Creative Passport workshops. In case you want to come do this with me in Mexico or Italy next year.

Help Me Eat Clean & Green in Europe

Foodwise, I appreciate eating an abundance of greens in a beautifully designed space. When traveling, it’s a thrill to eat cuisine I can’t get in Oaxaca, Mexico – my favorites include any kind of Asian food.

The more veggies the better. If you know of any South Indian or Cantonese restaurants, please do tell!

Got a favorite juice bar, or a place with the best salads ever? Israeli chopped salads? Yes, please!

I’m eager to post here when I return and tell you about all I’ve discovered and created on this journey. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ll take you with me as I explore, so please do come and share the #creativejourney with me.


Like the postcards? I’m working on a new travel postcard series. What do you think?

3 Responses to Going to Europe for September Sabbatical

  1. Fil September 4, 2017 at 2:56 am #

    I”m sure you already know about Shakespeare and Company, the famous English language bookstore that has readings every week – it was a hangout of Hemingway and is well worth a visit – right beside Notre Dame. Have a wonderful holiday and a great birthday in Malta (two days before mine lol) . Fil

  2. Anne Rita Taylor September 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    Sounds like you will have a wonderful trip! Happy Birthday! I know your time will be fun & fabulous. I wrote about finding paper, pens & notebooks in Paris here: https://anneritataylor.blogspot.com/2017/03/paper-in-paris.html

    • Lisa Sonora September 2, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Thank you, Anna! Will check out your post! Always on the hunt for pens and notebooks!

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