Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Have I lost it?

What woman goes to a unique shopping center and doesn't look at a single item that is for sale? Yep, that would be me. I know I should have my right to call myself a woman revoked or at minimum suspended. 

However, in my defense the architecture and landscaping at Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village in Sadona Arizona is so mesmerizing I was too busy oohing and awing to notice the many unique crafts items for sale. An absolutely amazing experience. Here let me show you.

The entire village looks like an old Mexican village possibly built as long ago as when Arizona belonged to Mexico.
Just look how the tree limb has grown into the outer wall as if the wall was there when the tree was just a sapling.
Wide staircases with beautiful elaborate tile work approached by worn cobblestone paths, led to shops unexplored. Enormous Intricately carved doors thrown wide in welcome . All set in stucco buildings that captured Mexican Colonial Architecture down to the very smallest detail.
Everywhere I turned my eyes were met with beauty and grace. I was led down winding cobblestone paths that opened into breathtaking courtyards.
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To find myself branching off onto paths through narrow shaded alleys with small hidden courtyards, fountains and intricately carved benches.
No area had been overlooked, it was all terrific, Right down to small delicate fountains heavily covered with moss like this religious shrine nestled against the stucco protected by lush vegetation and ornate ironwork.
If I wasn't entranced by the architecture I was captivated by the sculptures. Every courtyard, walkway and nook held some fantastic carving from delicate pots to elaborate sculptures.

The only thing that felt a bit out of place to me was the Zen Garden in one of the larger courtyards. Although, even that held my interest. 
I was not the only one that had eyes only for the beauty of the scene around me, this artist was creating a wonderful painting featuring the villages bell tower.
So what do you think, does my defense hold up or do I need to sign up for classes on how to be a woman?

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lori71264 said...

I too would rather take pictures than shop! =)

Lisa said...

Wow! I would love to go there with you next time. I love your black and white! It's great!!!

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! better than shopping :)

TexWisGirl said...

love the doorway! and the zen statue!

Jack said...

I remember this place. It is indeed wonderful. But, still, no shopping? We might need to test your estrogen levels.