Back in December, I posted photos from the beautiful red-rock country of Sedona Arizona. I love the beauty of this part of our state but when I visit Sedona, I also like to stop at this wonderful shopping village among the Sycamore trees called Tlaquepaque.
This center dedicated to art was built to mirror a Mexican village and was named for one particular village, San Pedro Tlaquepaque located on the outskirts of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
The name "Tlaquepaque" means "best of everything" in the Nahuatl Native language, the ancient language of the Aztecs.
I love just walking around this area even more than the unique shopping experience that it affords. However, I do admit that browsing the gorgeous art works is also a pleasure I enjoy and sometimes I come away with a new treasure.
The shops at this place are all artisan inspired. They sell every form of artistry you can think of from jewelry, to paintings, to sculptures, to fine rugs and so much more.
There are many places in the village where I can just sit down and watch the people come and go and listen to the birds singing in the tall trees that surround the place.
Sculptures and other art works are scattered around the place for all to enjoy.
There is even a village chapel where holiday ceremonies take place and of course, the occasional wedding.
It's a beautiful place to visit even if you don't make a purchase, you will walk away with the feeling that you've visited a very special place.