Marfa, Texas | Modern Art Mecca

Marfa’s mantra could be reduce, creative reuse and repurpose.  There is a minimal amount of new construction, which is especially notable given the influx of arts and tourism related projects. This adds tremendously to the town’s allure (see Marvelous Marfa|Texas ) in addition to being more responsive and responsible from a development and environmental standpoint.Chinati Foundation Panorama-2The main Chinati Foundation campus is located on the 340 acre grounds of the former Fort D. A. Russell and is the best place to start any art-focused visit to Marfa.   Continue reading “Marfa, Texas | Modern Art Mecca”

Marvelous Marfa|Texas

Holiday InnMiles from nowhere, Marfa, Texas, was barely a speck on the map when the artist  Donald Judd  first rented a house there in 1971.  A three hour drive from the nearest airport, it sits at the intersection of US 90 and 67 on a great highland plain, at an altitude of almost 5000 feet. This post focuses on everything not Judd and/or Chinati related, which will be covered in the next installment. When you schedule your visit, be sure to allow time to wander around the streets of Marfa and soak up the atmosphere.

Fun Fact:  the town’s name comes from a character in Fyoder Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  Continue reading “Marvelous Marfa|Texas”

UAE | Abu Dhabi Do!

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi is an easy day trip from Dubai if you cannot spend a night or two in the emirate. There are fabulous hotels and plenty to do if time permits. We opted not to change hotels and avoid packing, unpacking, repacking…so left Dubai at 9:30 a.m. and arrived at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in a little over an hour.  Continue reading “UAE | Abu Dhabi Do!”

Foodie Friday | More than Dates in Oman

No one can not live on dates alone, although the intrepid Bedu and other explorers often subsisted largely on dates for long periods of time when traversing the desert. In Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger’s epic account of five years traversing the wilds, he confesses to hoping he never sees another date and certainly could never eat one.

Our local guide told us there are five items in every Omani household: Omani coffee, dates, fish, Halwa and lemons.  During our week there, these foods were central to our days, too. Continue reading “Foodie Friday | More than Dates in Oman”

Oman | Heading for the Hills part II

Jebel Akhdar and surrounding area

I love mountains. When I am not traveling, I spend my time surrounded by and exploring the Tetons. My first exposure to the Al Hajar mountains blew my mind (Oman | Heading for the Hills part I) but I had no idea what still lay in store. Continue reading “Oman | Heading for the Hills part II”