Europe Workshop Tour- Part 1 – Sightseeing in Toledo, Spain


I am back from my Europe workshop tour just to leave for another Workshop in Dallas in a couple hours :) But how about I finally share some photos from my four-country trip?

DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains a picture with a naked statue – some might think of it as totally inappropriate – but it is called ART . If you have a problem with art, you might be better off looking at something else . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again and for sure shield your precious kids’ eyes !

I arrived in Spain, Madrid and was picked up by my wonderful friend Cuchy. I loved this statue by Fernando Botero in front of the Madrid Airport.


I used the first day to adjust to the time difference and mostly filled my belly with good food and hung out with good people :)


The next day we took the train to Toledo – prepare yourself for a major picture overload as I really loved it there!


A city with a history of more than 2000 years …yeah that is what we call old in Europe ;)


Since the Festival of Corpus Christi was coming up , the streets and houses were already decorated.


The first stop was the Cathedral of Toledo





The Sacristy ceiling painted by Luca Giordano – he used both hands …and it took only four years – insane!


Altar Piece painted by El Greco




After a nice stroll through the city


we went to the Synagogue of El Transito – beautiful stucco and details




Next we stopped at the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo





And just before an epic thunderstorm started  we made it back to the train station …of course not without taking a “where is Nat pic” ;)


That was a pretty good start of my trip – next up are some pictures of the awesome Art Mesa Workshop – we had so much fun :)

Comments (13)

  • Vickie Doswell aka okienurse


    oh my goodness such awesome pictures and things to see. Spain is one of my favorite places to visit and have been there many times. Being from Oklahoma USA it is a far cry from the norm here. Speaking of norms nudity is a big deal in the religious south and I think you summed up my feelings exactly with your disclaimer. I am hoping that was tongue and cheek and that you haven’t actually been accosted by people offended by your posts. I love them. Thanks for sharing! Vickie


  • Mel


    Die Bilder sind großartig – aber Dein Disclaimer hat´s mir angetan… ;-)


  • stephanie


    Welcome back! Awesome pix


  • Joi@RR


    Love the skyline pictures like the Toledo picture and the Where is Nat picture because… I hope you will paint them. I love your skyline paintings so much. And of course, ALL of these were sooo wonderful. What fabulous inspirations for you to use in your artwork. I just can’t WAIT to see what comes out onto your canvas from these pictures Nat. What a great trip. Thank you so much for a glimpse of it thru your eyes. I love traveling with you!! j.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Joi! I cannot wait to get into my studio either to paint :) I am sure some inspiration will get into my future work :) Thanks for traveling with me


  • Ami Pilon



    Julie must be drooling with all of the patterns that you are seeing. I can just see the stamps that would be carved. Your photos are very special.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Ami, heheh- I think Julie was drooling ;) Thank you for your sweet comment!


  • Kelly Belton




  • Kathy P


    Awesome pics, Nat! Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for reminding me that I have to get back to Europe again! Love it’s architecture, people, and diversity!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Kathy! Yes – I am of course biased – but Europe is a special place :)


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