Day 14 - Santa Fe - New Mexico
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
38Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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The two share the same history, they are both magnets for artists, they both have loads of lovely jewellery stores and museums, but the big difference is in Taos you often get to meet the artist who created the work, whereas Santa Fe feels much more commercial and their wares now extend to items from around the globe rather than items that reflect the local region and the artists are off spending their fortunes raised by tourists spending their hard earned cash to walk away with a bit of Santa Fe. That is except for the outdoor stalls set up by the local Indian and Spanish artists who sell off the street rather than in shops, I preferred them, there was a greater sense of authenticity about buying something from one of these artists than there was buying an imported piece of stone jewellery from Pakistan
Just a note on these Pakistan imports. I first saw products marked from Pakistan in Kanab, including polished stone in one shop sitting next to the beautiful natural sandstone of the region, and then in the form of an Indian style weaved basket in another shop. They were labelled that they were from Pakistan and I thought no that can't be possible, why would you have all this natural beauty and art around and stock imported products. I thought perhaps there might be a place locally called Pakistan that I didn't know about because it just seemed so odd. But now I've seen it at Monument Valley, Taos and Santa Fe. I finally asked someone about it in Taos and there's no small village called Pakistan, it really is imported, they stock it because it's a natural stone, even though there's no local heritage, how peculiar. Though I still have no answer as to why the place in Kanab had the baskets. Who knows. Nothing against Pakistan I just find it strange.
Well Santa Fe has more than that. They do have the beautiful oyster coral and turquoise found more locally but also have stuff made out of every other conceivable precious or semi precious stone from around the globe, and talk about expensive, it's window shopping only for me, let's not forget I'm unemployed after all ;)
Don't get me wrong Santa Fe is truly beautiful and it is a wonderful place to visit, I just prefer Taos.
So instead of doing all the fancy shops and paid galleries I wandered around the Plaza and surrounding streets and admired all the beautiful art and sculptures that are free for all to enjoy. Yah for free art :)