The weekend went by very quickly. I managed a nice walk this morning, and this afternoon went to a friend so she could finish crafting the things she started last week. I got some collaged stuff done, too. We also ate large amounts of wonderful brownies, smothered in thick chocolate and walnuts, yummy - Need I say more?
My collage for Art Journal Journey today is the second of the black background birdy ones. I deepened the colour a bit with pastel chalks. I am really having fun playing with these geometric forms, it seems to be rather addictive. And the mounds of scraps are not getting less....
The pictures are from our outing to Xanten yesterday. The town was founded by the Romans, who called it 'Colonia Ulpia Traiana'. There is an archaeological park there, which is most interesting, but we did not get round to visiting it yesterday.
The first view when you arrive is of the twin spires of the beautiful Cathedral of St Viktor.
Before we went inside, we visited some of the more profane places. We discovered a wonderful hat shop, where the sweetest creations of hand-felted wool and silk are made on the premises.
The ladies were busy at work:
Gabi was delighted with all the colours, as I was too.
The hats were unfortunately too expensive for me to buy, but it was nice to be able to look at and feel them:
The entrance to the Cathedral:
My fave place inside was the crypt, with very ancient, thick walls of rock and stone, and all rather dark and mysterious:
Then we looked around the Christmas Market, and had fish fried in batter with garlic sauce - totally yummy!
We went to the Gothic house, a very ancient building which is now a café /restaurant. Gabi is showing her heart....
And last but not least, Gabi and the donkey:
When we left Xanten, we drove to Gabi's Mum for coffee and cake, so we did not exactly starve....
I will show the photos of the second part of our day out tomorrow.
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!