We decided to go in search of sunshine.
Italy looked good and with the Giro d'Italia nearby a plan was made.
Borghetto a tiny hamlet near to Vallegio and situated on the river Mincio looked perfect.
Especially as it was classed has 'One of the most beautiful villages in Italy'
We parked the van on the historic old bridge, sat in the sun, I got the sketchbook out and waited.
The vans and cars came first and then motorbikes flew by with paparazzi.
The crowds got bigger with all ages waiting for the Maglia Rosa. Many Italian cyclists with jerseys of all colours.
The Visconti Bridge, what a totally wonderful place to experience the Giro. All got very excited as the helicopters hovered above and horns started hooting, they were on their way.
The leaders, a few metres in front of the main peleton.
This happy Italian lady was not in the main peleton but did look the part.
And here we go, the Giro d' Italia and look who's wearing the red jersey? Mark Cavendish, we gave him a great big cheer.
The sky team car but no Bradley Wiggins.
And this is my favourite photograph, I wanted to share with you, just look at the expressions.
I felt really inspired and can't wait to paint
' A Giro d' Italia'
I'll keep you posted on how it comes together!!!
P.S Don't be too envious of the sunshine, I am now writing this with snow falling outside!!