And then we followed the siren call of a Fat Happy into the William&Joseph Gallery. Yes, a Fat Happy. An artist named Barrett DeBusk creates these sculptures that make you happy by just looking at them. Another artist represented at the W&J is Karen Z Haynes. I promptly fell in love with her work. She is an amazing painter and I wish, I could afford one of her still lifes or landscapes. The William&Joseph Gallery is filled with beautiful and enticing works, but her paintings really got to me.
That gallery visit made us thirsty, so we crossed the street to check out El Farol, one of the oldest restaurants and meeting places in town. Come on in through the mysterious curtains.
Initially, we settled down at the bar, to have a drink and maybe a snack. But after we had perused the menu a little, we quickly changed our minds. A table, please! We were led into a colorfully decorated dining room, one of many in this maze of rooms and courtyards, to spend the next couple of hours in blissful epicurean pleasure. Allow me to linger for a moment …
One can only hope, the long walk home through the bustling streets, illuminated by the setting sun, helped with all those Spanish calories!
Earlier in the day, I had come across this antique store and workshop. The old tiles and the woodwork were such charming eye-catchers, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures.
But our time in magical Santa Fe had come to an end. It was time to leave adobe walls, outlined against the deep blue sky with a tiny crescent moon, it was time to leave the wooden beams and wrought iron gates to start the long drive home.