El Paso here I come

Well, I don’t know if this needs to go on anybody’s bucket list, but it certainly was on mine – to travel on a Greyhound.  And yesterday, finally, I ticked this one off.

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I took the Greyhound to El Paso and back. Each way it’s only a one hour ride, which meant if it had been really horrible, I only had to endure it for an hour at a time. But it wasn’t, it was rather exciting.

The day in El Paso was fabulous and went by far too quickly. It was the third day of “Chalk the Block” in the Arts District, with chalk drawing all over the place – on walls, pavement, cars, everywhere. The actual drawing part was on Saturday, but there was still enough to see. Stall holders selling their wares, food trucks, three stages, dance performers, yarn bombing and everyone was walking around with chalk in their hands, just in case.

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Interactive installation by the American Institute of Architects

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Close up under the installation.

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It was a beautiful day (rather hot actually), so the first thing I did, was walking to the “Bridge” which connects Texas with Mexico. I couldn’t get too close, but the amount of traffic on that bridge was amazing. It actually felt even on the Texan side like being in Mexico. I think I didn’t hear anybody speak English! The shops on the way to the border were a kitsch collectors dream. I was in heaven 🙂

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cars queuing to get into El Paso

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plastic flowers and more plastic flowers

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One for every bum

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I also had the chance to visit the El Paso Art Museum. I saw an exhibition called “Amplified Abstraction”, Hal Marcus’ “Lyric Modern”, “The Immaculate Conception” and their permanent collection ranging from religious tableaus to Renaissance pieces and more modern paintings. On loan from the Guggenheim I could have a closer look at Marc Chagall’s Green Violinist.

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After that I wandered through the side streets, found amazing graffiti, derelict houses, just great things to photograph.

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Close up of one of the boarded up windows

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another close up

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view into one of the side streets

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Looks just like a face to me 🙂

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Bin Art

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close up of the world :-0

At 2pm I went to the El Paso Art Association to attend a demo by Erin Galvez on surface treatment. I had a long chat with her and s allowed to visit her studio.

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Erin with her artwork in the middle

At 5pm my Greyhound took me back to Las Cruces, Dave picked me up and we were greeted by a lovely dinner cooked by Adrienne and joined Dick and Sherry on their terrace overlooking the Organ Mountains. What a great way to end a fantastic day.

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2 thoughts on “El Paso here I come

  1. I love the images and the alleyway and face on bldg, and…. You sure know how to make use of your time here, Marlies. Brava to you!

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