Heart-shaped puffy clouds photo by Jennifer Esperanza.
I was five years old on a family road trip when I first saw Santa Fe. Years later in San Francisco, I was given the opportunity to telecommute for my job. My daughter and I chose Santa Fe.
We lived in a little adobe house with aqua blue shutters and a heavy wooden door. It was like being in the midst of nature's art gallery: powerful beauty and bright sunshine, with endless blue skies filled with giant puffy clouds. At Christmas, flickering farolitos lined snow-covered paths and flat adobe rooftops.
We began collecting art, hand-hammered Spanish crosses and whimsical painted furniture. And we developed an appreciation for the Spanish and Native American history that formed the oldest city in America.
David and I flew from Paris to get married at Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy's private chapel in Santa Fe.
And now I'd like to share the city's myriad charms with you! Won't you join my friend Madelyn Mulvaney and me for "Creative Geography," an art and photography retreat April 25-28, 2010 at the beautiful La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe?
Madelyn, photographer Jennifer Esperanza and artist Leau Phillips will lead intriguing workshops exploring the maps of our lives: the roads we've taken and the journeys still ahead. Read all about it on our website Creative geography. We'll be thrilled to see you in Santa Fe!
Floating flowers by Jennifer Esperanza.