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Day 5, Part 1

21 Apr


Day 5, Part 1


When Rachel and I were planning our road trip she was set on getting a private tour of Georgia O’Keefe’s house and studio while we were in Abiquiu, New Mexico- as I mentioned before she’s a big fan of her and her work. Don’t get me wrong, I like Georgia O’Keefe just fine but did I necessarily want to spend a morning touring her house? I wasn’t so sure. I said yes though because it was  important to Rachel and I thought why not…how bad could it be.

This was a very good lesson in saying “yes” to things because I LOVED this tour. It was one of the most inspiring, intimate and creative mornings I have had in a long time.

The space is breathtaking-it’s a 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era Abiquiu compound perched on top of a hill overlooking the mountains of New Mexico.

When we got to the home we were welcomed by our lovely guide Pita- she had a warm, genuine and easy way about her.

First she led us through the yard which was a large green space with a big beautiful garden. Pita told us that Georgia liked to eat from her garden and took great pride in tending to it. I would too if I had a garden like that! It was a calming space that smelled like jasmine. I could see how one would find great solace in spending time in it.

After that we were led into an outdoor courtyard/patio space. The first things I noticed were the large well, sage bush and a statue. But Pita focused our attention on a door and asked us if we recognized it. I soon realized that it was “the door” that Georgia painted so many times. To see the door in person was exhilarating It blew my mind how Georgia was able to make something so simple so stunning with her paintbrush.

Her home has remained almost untouched since she passed away in 1986. Can you believe that? There are even little pieces of paper marking her favorite recipes in books in the kitchen. It’s a unique experience to see  the space she lived and created so many astounding masterpieces in.

Throughout our tour Pita kept telling us little Georgia stories and I found myself thinking…how does she know that? I finally just asked her how she knew so much and was surprised to learn that Pita had started working with Georgia when she was only 20 years old- she became a companion/assistant to her. Often reading to her to put her to bed at night in her later years. To discover she had such an intimate relationship with Georgia made the tour feel so much more authentic. Pita had lived in these walls too!

The tour was a real look into the life of an American Icon.

The views from her studio and  bedroom literally took my breath away. It was like nothing I have ever seen before. I was struck silent by it.

{Sadly, I could not take pictures in the house so here are some ones I found!}

 See Rachel’s take here!

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Day 3, Part 1: Santa Fe, La Fonda & Georgia O’Keeffe

17 Apr


(photo by One Part Gypsy)

Day 3, Part 1

Acceptance, cozy mornings, sundresses in the snow, fancy rooms and Georgia

 In an attempt to get some work done before leaving Chantal’s house, Rachel and I decided to set our alarm for 5am. It wasn’t the smartest plan considering we went to bed at 1am but it was our only option. It was at that moment that I realized I was just going to have to go with the flow the next few weeks. Nothing was going according to our grand plan and the sooner I accepted that the happier I would be.There simply isn’t enough time to drive, explore, eat, write, photograph, visit, sleep AND look cute!

  It ended up being a perfect morning despite the lack of sleep; we worked for a few hours, played with Chantal’s son Sebastian, ate breakfast and hit the road by 10 am for Santa Fe dressed in fabulous sundresses, no less.

 While driving, we decided to check the weather report in Santa Fe- perfect time don’t you think? When you’re an hour away from your destination. I almost spit out my coffee when I read it aloud…they were expecting snow that afternoon. We looked down at our dresses and flip-flops and immediately started laughing. We stupidly assumed Santa Fe in the spring would be warm and never thought to check the forecast. Fools! It’s like the blind leading the blind over here people.

 We arrived at La Fonda by early afternoon and were greeted by the warmest bellman I have ever met. Enter Dave- originally from Texas but recently moved to Santa Fe, used to work in Travel, has a bit of an accent and very kind eyes. I immediately liked him. It dawned on me that I will be learning the stories of many interesting characters during the trip. I love that. I live for that kind of stuff.

 Dave helped us with our 500 bags and showed us to our room- when he opened the door my mouth dropped. Ou room was huge, gorgeous, decorated perfectly and our balcony had a flawless view of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Of Assisi. I had to pinch myself.

 After layering hundreds of pieces of clothing over our dresses, we hit the streets of Santa Fe. Our first stop was The Georgia O’Keefe museum. Side note- Rachel is obsessed with Georgia O’Keeffe. She happens to be a huge creative influence for her and also the reason for our upcoming stops in Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch (both places O’Keeffe painted). I am a fan of hers as well but I wouldn’t say my feelings are as strong as Rachel’s.

 I will admit that seeing her paintings in person was pretty powerful- such movement, grace and soul in her work. One room in the museum displayed photos of Georgia from different periods in her life and I was excited to spot a photo of O’Keeffe at both her private home and Ghost Ranch (places we will be visiting in New Mexico)…it got me so excited for everything to come!

 I was also deeply moved by this Georgia O’Keeffe quote-

 “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

See Rachel’s take here!

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photos taken with my iphone that morning…