Travel Log – July 14, 2012

Shopping Saturday

Taos & Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

Taos Farmers Market is the summer Saturday Morning place to be. Dozens of vendors bring field fresh produce plus a myriad of products from fresh baked scones to hand dyed yarn.


One stroll past the booths and our arms are loaded with triple berry bread, a tall jar of honey, lemon blueberry scones for Sunday breakfast, Rocky Ford cantaloup and a dozen sunflowers worthy of a Van Gogh painting.


Today was Children’s day at the market with a Spanish marionette show, live animals including a couple of friendly alpacas, stilt walking, music and art projects.


After stowing our market purchases at the casita we stop at Country Furnishings of Taos. Seven rooms of an adobe house are packed with hand crafted painted furniture, distinctive home furnishings, jewelry, books and gift items – many by local artisans. We select a pillow by Georgia Page.


The village of Arroyo Seco always draws us for a visit. After all, it is the home of Taos Cow Ice Cream – the best. I feel a pout coming on because they are not currently serving my favorite Pinon Caramel.


Shopping continues at Claire Works. I’ve admired and purchased jewelry by Claire Haye for 15 years and always want to see her latest creations. Bob is now stocked up for the next few gifting occasions.



The most memorable part of our day was meeting the Mayordomo of the La Santisima Trinidad Church. Bob has frequently painted images of the adobe church. We were fascinated by the history and stories the Mayordomo shared. For the first time in 15 years we viewed the interior and appreciated how well taken care of it is. Historic photographs from before the 1990s restoration give a perspective on the work required. Spending time with this special keeper of the church was a definite blessing.



A water workout at the Taos Spa and relaxed Italian dinner at Trading Post Cafe in Ranchos de Taos completed a shopping Saturday.

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