Ciao! Last week myself and some friends were lucky enough to get an invite to visit The Graphi Studio album factory north of Venice in Italy. Mixing business with pleasure, this trip was amazing! Seeing how our luxury wedding albums are hand crafted by the Worlds largest professional album supplier became a very humbling experience. I always knew the Graphi team had passion and seeing it first hand was impressive. Martin our UK representative flew out to meet us and was a great host, introducing us to Dario and Francesco we were made feel right at home and encouraged to ask any questions regarding products and the production process. After the tour Martin took us to Maniago and gave us a little history of the surrounding area explaining how the company has grown over the years, working alongside the local community supporting events and helping worthy causes.
That evening we drove further into the mountains towards the Dolomites where Martin revealed our accommodation, The Ceconi Castle outside Pielungo. An amazing work of art the Castle stood in silence beaming with lights, we all felt very privileged having this luxury accommodation to ourselves. A quick tour inside before making our way to a traditional village restaurant where we feasted on hams, cheeses, home made pastas and breads washed down with some of the finest Italian red wine I have ever tasted. Up early for a ‘hillside’ jog we had another chance to appreciate the Castle grounds in daylight, surrounded by a misty fog the views were non existent though giving it an eerie atmosphere we were still in awe of whole experiance. A huge thanks again to Martin for making this possible and all the team at Graphistudio for their hospitality, encouragement and the fantastic service they provide!
Saying our goodbyes the ‘wolf pack’ made for lower ground, though not ready for home we stopped in Venice for some sightseeing enjoying the splendor of a city surrounded by water. Located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, 117 small islands are joined by a maze of canals and bridges with tourists on every corner keen to sample its unique wonders. After pizza, pastas, ice creams and omelettes it was time for home. What an experience, once again another unforgettable and enjoyable trip with some of the best friends photography can buy, thanks to Simon for his organisational skills, Cairan for his snoring and David for being a …. well, for being his humorous self. Arrivederci and here’s to the next ‘wolf pack’ trip!