Chatty and Book Girl had a wonderful time in Tucson.
We ate at one “so-so” vegetarian restaurant (so-so because the hype had led us to believe it was more than just your average Indian restaurant, and it wasn’t…it was OK Indian food, but Chatty can get EXCELLENT Indian food right here in Glendale – and moreover, the food is HOT, rather than lukewarm – but still – the atmosphere was calming and pleasant, and how many restaurants can you say that about?). The other place was a really good vegetarian restaurant – so good that we had dinner there and then went back for breakfast the next day before we headed out of town.
But Chatty, who lives to take photographs – FORGOT to take EITHER of her digital cameras.
Sad, isn’t it?
Luckily, her cell phone has a decent camera in it, so at least she was able to capture a few memories!
Our accomodations were lovely (as they should have been, considering the prices listed – Chatty did it as a timeshare, luckily – or she would never have been able to afford it!):
(that whole building was ours, don’tcha know…and Chatty couldn’t get all of it in the picture no matter how far back she stood)
This is a portion of the main room – we had bedrooms on either side, two bathrooms, and a kitchen and laundry room…and the room was MUCH prettier than this looks!
View of golf course from our patio
View from Chatty’s bedroom window
We went to DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun:
Chatty took MANY pictures of the chapel, so she is just going to show most of them to you here:
The chapel is open to the sky, day and night, 365 days a year. Through the open skylight, you can see the little cross at the top of the chapel, the hills beyond and the sky above. Pictures cannot do his chapel justice – especially when taken with Chatty’s cell phone –
but Chatty feels DeGrazia’s whimsical yet spiritual wall paintings should be viewed by as many people as possible – despite the fact that her pictures fall far short of their vibrant reality:
Chatty was thrilled to be able to see this little chapel again after so many years. It is a peaceful, friendly place.
It soothed her soul and brought back happy memories.
For those of you who go on to read the comments for this post and are therefore interested in meeting Winston, the bi-lingual-DeGrazia-loving beagle, he has kindly forwarded this photograph of himself. It is of his eyes only, as he wants us to concentrate on the “windows of his soul” as he thinks about his favorite artist – which he assures Chatty he WAS doing when this photo was taken. DeGrazia, who passed away in 1982, was a native Arizonan, and will always be one of our state’s greatest treasures…at least, that is what Chatty THINKS Winston said in his email to her enclosing this picture…she is not as fluent in “beagle” as she should be…