Illustrations by Nancy C. Sampson

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As a member of the Etsy New York Team, a group of local Etsy sellers, I contributed a post to the team blog about my pasta-making experience in Rome while I was on vacation in April. My parents and I planned the trip together and learning the secrets of creating fresh pasta was on the top of our list for our time in Italy. We had heard about Bonappetour.com as a way to find and reserve in-home cooking and dining experiences abroad and we booked an evening with Francesca through the site.

The evening was a fun and delicious way to get to know a local Roman as well as learn more about Italy’s most-beloved specialty: freshly made pasta. My post on the EtsyNY blog went up on Monday, you may read it here. 

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Over the years I have been working on-and-off with an idea for a graphic novel featuring my character, Adele, from an illustration I created in 2001 inspired by my first trip to Paris, France that March. Since I lack knowledge and experience with sequential art and comics, I have also lacked confidence in how to move forward on this, and have had doubts about even trying at all. I haven’t shared the story or sketches with many people… it never seems to be “ready” for others to see! I am always sketching and re-sketching the panels and pages.

Recently I traveled to Paris for a third time and 10 years (ouch!) have passed since Adele first came to life on the pages of my sketch book, I’ve decided that I owe it to her and to myself to push forward to see what can happen with this story. Plus, I can’t seem to completely drop the idea, that has got to mean something.

Although it feels a bit scary, I’ve decided to start posting sketches and finished pages on this blog. I hope it will make the project seem more tangible, plus many of you might have comments that could help or encourage me. So please click “follow” on my blog page, add me to your RSS feeds, or catch the posts on Facebook since my blog updates automatically to The Nancydraws Shop page.

I may not be posting the pages in sequential order as this experiment goes along, but here’s page 1!

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For me, the freelance-office-gig to working-creatively-at-home transition is always a little tough. I certainly look forward to my less structured days but laundry, gym time, and internal battery-recharging is always in the mix. I’m blogging today as a way to bridge the gap this time.

I am looking forward to my trip to Europe which is coming up in April. It has been quite some time since I’ve been out of the country now and it would be putting it lightly to say that I am looking forward to it! I’ll be visiting friends in Barcelona and then meeting up with a gang of single ladies for sight-seeing and celebration in Paris. As luck would have it, my parents will also be in Paris one of the days that I’m there, so I’ll get to see them, too.

With this trip, I am finding that more than any other I have been on, the anticipation and planning are almost as good as actually being on the trip! This is mainly because of the large number of blogs and apps that have come into existence since the last time I traveled. I have downloaded tourist guide apps from TimeOut for both Barcelona and Paris, so I can browse activities and facts on my phone wherever I happen to be.

I have also been browsing through blogs and travel websites for each city… here are a few of my favorites:

Paris:
http://dailyphotoparis.blogspot.com/ (Each day, a beautiful shot of the City of Light)
http://badaude.typepad.com/my_weblog/ (A U.K. ex-pat illustrator’s take on Paris life and art)
http://bbonthebrink.blogspot.com/ (More excellent photography)
http://parisbymouth.com (Daily restaurant and food-related blog)
http://www.girlsguidetoparis.com/ (A great all-around travel blog)

Barcelona:
http://www.barcelonaphotoblog.com/ (Daily photos from around the city)
http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/travel/26hour.html (36-Hours in Barcelona)

Yes, the list for Paris is longer, but keep in mind, there are 5 other women involved in that trip and we’ve been sending one another Paris web links for the past few weeks. I also did a search on Google Earth for the address of our hotel in Montmatre… really fun!

So I hope this trip brings plenty of new energy and inspiration; traveling internationally always does the trick for me.

Au revior and hasta le vista!

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