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Monday, 28 September 2009

Weimar: Getting there


Weimar is conveniently located fairly centrally to 3 major airports, is easily accessible via train and has quick connection to the autobahn.

By plane
The Leipzig Halle Airport (Flughafen) is the closest airport for all intents and purposes. It is an international airport, with most major cities one stop away. With a train station directly at the airport, trains to Weimar are easily accessible and just an hour away from the Weimar Main Train station.
The Leipzig Halle Airport (Flughafen) is the closest airport for all intents and purposes. It is an international airport, with most major cities one stop away. With a train station directly at the airport, trains to Weimar are easily accessible and just an hour away from the Weimar Main Train station.
We recommend that our participants look for flights to Frankfurt Airport as it will provide several flight connections during the day, the fees are not as high as the smaller airports, and train connections to Weimar are fast and efficient. 
By train
Getting to Weimar by train is extremely convenient. Deutsche Bahn offers direct connections from Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig and Erfurt to name a few major cities around Weimar. Weimar Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) is only 5 km from the Kippequelle guest house. You can take a:-  taxi: easily located just outside the train station, and a trip to the Kipperquelle will cost about €10-12  -  bus: line 1 will bring you straight to the Kipperquelle where the bus stop is situated right next to the guest house. A single one-way ticket costs €1.70
-  taxi: easily located just outside the train station, and a trip to the Kipperquelle will cost about €10-12  -  bus: line 1 will bring you straight to the Kipperquelle where the bus stop is situated right next to the guest house. A single one-way ticket costs €1.70

The nearest airport is the Erfurt Airport approx. 25 km from Weimar. From the airport you can get a tram to Erfurt Main Station. Simply take the city rail line 4, which starts in front of the terminal and brings you directly to the main station. From the main station you can catch the Regionalbahn directly to Weimar main station, where taxis are easily available to bring you to the Kipperquelle, just a 10 minute drive away.
Although Erfurt is the nearest airport, few connections and high fares make it only feasible for business travelers.
Frankfurt Airport is one of the the main airports in Germany and offers the best international connections for flights arriving from all over the world. The Airport Train Station provides a direct connection from the airport to Weimar Main Train station via the fast ICE train in a short 2.5 hours.



Weimar accommodation: Kipperquelle Landsguthof






From Plate to Page will be held at the Kipperquelle Guest House in Weimar, Germany, a city famous for its cultural heritage.  On the outskirts of this city which was home to such great thinkers as Goethe, Schiller and the Bauhaus movement, you will find a quiet and secluded haven at the Kipperquelle.  The Guest House provides the ideal setting for 3 days of undisturbed community living, working and creative development.





Surrounded by unspoilt nature, the Kipperquelle is a lovingly restored Landsguthof or country guest house, within which we will be occupying a large private apartment.  The apartment offers large, comfortable sleeping quarters, a communal living space and private garden with a sunny terrace as well as a working kitchen where we will be able to cook, write, style and photograph to our heart’s content. 



From Plate to Page attendees will share one large apartment (sleeping 6) and 2 double rooms. The large apartment is equipped with an open kitchen and a terrace where many of the workshop’s activities will be held. Furthermore we also have exclusive use of the conference room for presentations and group discussion throughout the weekend.


For more details, visit the Kipperquelle’s website (in German) here

Weimar: Programme

 


Friday, May 20

12:00 – 15:00Check in at the Kipperquelle,
Weimar, Germany
Meet & Greet : lunch, opening session
15:00 - 17:00SESSION 1: Free-style writing & photography *

Writing:
finding your own style & thinking out of the box 
Photography
style and shoot in 2 different styles making use of props and subjects provided.
19:00 Dinner in Weimar & Session 2*
Restaurant photography
Writing a restaurant review: discussion**


Saturday, May 21

Session 3:  Writing, Styling & Photographing for your Blog
9:00 – 10:00Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00Preparation for picnic lunch
Discussion & Assignment: Photographing, Styling & Writing a Picnic
12:00 – 15:00 Picnic Lunch & Style/Shoot/Write for a Picnic Assignment**
15:30 – 17:30Coffee break
Time to complete writing assignment and processing photos; one-on-one time with   instructors, discussion, preparation of presentations
17:30 - 18:30 Presentation of day's assignment
19:00Cooking & dinner**
Discussion/analysis & critique of day’s projects

Sunday, May 22

Session 4*: Writing, Styling & Photographing Professionally

9:00 – 10:00Breakfast
10:00 – 11:00Evaluation of picnic assignment
11:00 – 11:45Post Processing - PS/Lightroom
12:00 – 15:00Cooking & lunch**
Live styling/photo session
15:00 – 16:00Writing Session : Structuring, Polishing & Finalizing 
16:00 – 19:00Free time to write, shoot, discuss.
Time for one-on-one with instructors.
Discussion, analysis, critique of day's assignment.
Presentation of article & photos.
19:00Dinner in Weimar
Evening discussion/analysis & critique of day’s projects

Monday, May 23

8:00 – 9:00Breakfast
By 12:00Checkout


* Programme & Assignments to be updated and more detail provided
** Activities (meal preparation, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, walks and visits) will be the source of either a writing, styling or photography opportunity, assignment and learning experience.

Plate to Page Weimar: May 2011 (closed)

© Julia House


Twelve participants who had never met. Eleven nationalities. Four instructors. Three days of pretty intense writing and photographing, and living in close quarters with one another. Sixteen people who arrived as strangers but left as friends; with heads humming with inspiration and ideas, and hearts full of affection. That pretty much sums up the the first Plate to Page food writing and photography workshop which took place in Weimar, Germany 20-22 May 2011. Here are a few impressions of the weekend, in words and pictures. To hear what people are saying about the Weimar workshop click over to our Workshop Reviews page.  


For the full run-down and more pictures, click here




DAY 1

The four instructors Jeanne, Meeta, Ilva and Jamie welcomed the participants from around the globe:




The serious work of the day kicked off after lunch with a discussion on the difference between good vs. bad food writing and photograph; presentations from all four presenters; some very intense practical writing and photography sessions in small groups of six participants with two instructors each; and a presentation on low-light photography in restaurants. 










DAY 2
Saturday morning bright and early, we were back at the Kipperquelle and raring to go with the distribution of the goodie bags.  Soon it was back to work and the morning flew by once again, taken up by a photography presentation and a writing workshop that saw the participants playing word association games to kick-start their post inspirations.








 Lunchtime saw participants heading out into the sunshine to put into practice what they had learnt and style food for a picnic shoot, using the gorgeous vintage props sponsored by Paula Walters, and edible treats brought by each of us from our home countries. We spent a good hour in the dappled sunlight under the trees, arranging food, photographing food, rearranging food (on our knees in the gravel at some points!).






After all participants had a chance to present their work, the school was over for the day. People were quickly divided into teams to work on starters, main course and dessert for the evening's meal.  Dinner, eaten al fresco at a long table under the stars. 
  


DAY 3
The morning's writing exercises were all about choosing your words carefully and putting the reader in your shoes; while Meeta and Ilva unlocked the secrets of Lightroom, Photoshop, and working effectively with Lowel Ego lights. From there we moved onto some tips for selling your work and getting published, which took us neatly to lunchtime: honeyed goat cheese & pine nut salad; mustard-crusted beef fillets; and baked pears with zabbaione and fresh berries.







© Junglefrog Images

After lunch, calm descended as participants wandered off in pairs to complete a magazine article with pictures documenting the lunch, and presented their pieces to us. Once everybody had presented and discussed their articles and photos, it was time for a quick wrap-up and then it was all over. Our farewell barbecue dinner was at Gasthaus Taubach where we did the lucky draw that saw two lucky winners walk away with Lowel Ego lights kindly sponsored by Prokit - congratulations Astrid and Jasmine! 




© Junglefrog images


Tuscany: Getting there



Pistoia is conveniently located fairly close to 2 major airports, and is also accessible via train as well as having a quick connection to the autostrada.

By plane

Participants can choose to fly into either Florence or Pisa airports.  

If you are flying into Florence airport, these are your options for getting to Il Salicone:
- by car: approximately 30 minutes by car.
- by train:  take a bus from the airport to the main train station in Florence and then take the train from Florence to Serravalle P.se (Pistoia)
- by taxi from Florence airport direct to Il Sailcone (about €65)
- by bus from Florence Airport to Pistoia  - but the buses do not run very frequently


If you are flying into Pisa airport, these are your options for getting to Il Salicone:

- by car:  approximately 50 minutes
- by train:  take a train directly from Pisa airport to Serravalle P.se (Pistoia)


By train

Getting to Pistoia by train is convenient as there  are several trains every hour from Florence at a low cost.  Serravalle P.se (Pistoia) station is only 2 kilometres from Il Sailcone and we can arrange to fetch you from the station once your arrival times are confirmed. 




Tuscany accommodation: Il Salicone




Accommodation at the October Plate to Page workshop will be in Il Salicone, a large mid-19th Century Italian villa near Florence, just outside the town of Pistoia.  The villa has a lot of atmosphere and is situated on extensive grounds in a spectacular rural setting that is so typical of northern Tuscany.  Pairs of participants will share rooms (some with double beds), each with a private bathroom.  We will also have access to the villa’s many public rooms, the large kitchen, and the secluded grounds where we will be able to cook, write, style and photograph to our heart’s content. To see more of Il Salicone, click here to visit their website.



Tuscany: Programme

TUSCANY PROGRAMME

Friday, Oct 28

12:00 – 13:00
Check in at the Il Salicone
Meet & Greet : lunch, opening session
13:00 - 14:00
Getting to know you - delegates’ 5 minute “elevator pitches” to introduce themselves and their blogs
14:00 - 15:00
Good v bad food writing & photography
15:00 - 16:30
FREE-STYLE WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Writing:
Finding/Defining your own style & thinking out of the box

Photography:
Style and shoot photos in different styles making use of props, and subjects provided 

Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00
PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION - technical aspects of photography
18:30 - 19:00
Shooting and writing outside the studio 
19:00
Cooking and dinner at the villa

Saturday, Oct 29


ASSIGNMENT 1 - Writing the Seasons
8:00 – 09:00
Breakfast at the villa
09:30 – 15:00
Vineyard visit, wine tasting and lunch (incorporating practical writing exercises and hands-on photography practice)
15:30 – 17:00
Time to complete writing assignment and processing photos; one-on-one time with instructors, discussion, preparation of presentations
17:00 – 17:30
Coffee break
17:30 - 18:30
Presentation and evaluation of day's assignment
19:00
Cooking & dinner at the villa
Discussion/analysis & critique of day’s projects

Sunday, Oct 30


ASSIGNMENT 2: Group work 
8:00 – 9:00
Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00
WRITING EXERCISE
10:00 – 11:00
Photography presentation 
11:00 - 12:00
Post Processing - PS/Lightroom
12:00 – 15:00
Cooking & lunch at the villa (incorporating photography of the meal for Assignment 2)
15:00 – 17:00
Free time to write, shoot, discuss.
Time for one-on-one with instructors.
17:00 - 18h00
Discussion, analysis, critique of day's assignment.
Presentation of article & photos.
19:00
Dinner at the villa

Monday, Oct 30

8:00 – 9:00
Breakfast
By 12:00
Checkout

The instructors reserve the rights to modify the program should the need arise. 

Plate to Page Tuscany, October 2011 (closed)






The From Plate to Page Tuscany workshop took place in Pistoia, Tuscany from 28-30 October.  Registrations are closed for this workshop as we have filled all our 10 places.  But please keep an eye on this space as we might have a surprise up our sleeves.
Once again, the workshop will take place over 2.5 days and will include presentations, hands-on workshops, individual guidance from the presenters, and communal cooking and living.  We also have a treat in store for applicants in the form of a visit to a local Tuscan vineyard - a wonderful writing and photo opportunity. The total cost includes accommodation for three nights and all meals (but excluding transport to and from Il Salicone).





















Pistoia itself is a fascinating medieval city a with a beautiful Piazza del Duomo. Small ancient streets and medieval towers and palaces provide the perfect backdrop for your experience of Tuscan food, scenery and culture.  About 30 minutes drive from the villa is Florence, home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, the magnificent Duomo and Giotto Belltower, elegant reinassance palaces, and the treasures of the Uffizi Museum.







Somerset: Getting there

Travelling to Meare Court (Taunton, Somerset)
Taunton is conveniently located an hour from Bristol Airport and within 3.5 hours of London Heathrow by train.  It is also easily accessible by train and has good road links via the M4 and M5 motorways from London.

By plane
Participants can also fly into London Heathrow Airport and from there, take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington Station (15 minutes).  From London Paddington, trains run regularly to Taunton and take about 2.5 hours.  Check The Trainline website for times and fares. Meare Court is only about 10 minutes by cab from Taunton station and cabs should be available outside the station. 
From London Paddington, trains run regularly to Taunton and take about 2.5 hours.  Check The Trainline website for times and fares. Meare Court is only about 10 minutes by cab from Taunton station and cabs should be available outside the station. 

The nearest airport is Bristol International Airport, approximately 35 miles from Taunton. From Bristol airport you can take the Airport Flyer coach to Bristol Temple Meads Station and from there, catch a train to Taunton.  Journey time to Taunton varies between 30 mins to just over an hour, depending if you get a fast or slow train.  A taxi from Bristol Airport to Meare Court near Taunton should cost £60-£70, depending on traffic conditions


By train


By bus

National Express coaches are available to Taunton from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, but these take 3.5 and 5.5 hours respectively - please factor this into your travel time when planning your journey. Check the National Express website for times and prices. 

By road

From the M5 junction 25, take the A358 east to Ilminster/Yeovil. Straight on at Thornfalcon garage and traffic lights. Take the next turning left to Hatch Beauchamp. Turn next left  to Meare Green. After approx half a mile, turn right to Meare Court Farm at a grass triangle and follow the signs to Meare Court Farm & then Somerset Spa. Look for signs to The Old Mill, The Granary  and Meare Court.         

Somerset Accommodation: Meare Court


Accommodation at the Somerset Plate to Page workshop will be at Somerset Spa, manor house and two historic barns on a working farm that have been lovingly restored to provide stylish traditional accommodation for a memorable weekend break.  We will be staying in Meare Court, a seventeenth century Grade II listed manor house. Many original features remain, including a rustic elm mediaeval screen on the third floor and a beautiful Georgian wood-panelled room. There six individually decorated bedrooms as well as original flagstone floors, exposed beams and a huge open fireplaces. Because of the layout of the house and, space is limited to participants and all accommodation will be shared (some rooms only have king-sized double beds).  Oh yes, and for our exclusive use there is a private hot-tub in a gazebo in the garden  :o)  The extensive 80-acre grounds and surrounding countryside provide the perfect setting to walk, think, or be inspired.