Winter in Tucson is filled with things to do, as opposed to the northern reaches of the U.S., where nobody wants to go outdoors. Especially this year! We’ve been averaging temperatures in the mid-seventies with lots of sunshine, which makes it perfect to go out and enjoy the things that are going on. Like this view from my balcony:
I joined my cousin and her daughter for a trip to the Mini Time Machine Museum, which hosts a large collection of miniatures. In December, they’re decorated for Christmas.
Many of the exhibits are houses from different time periods, like this one.
I’m also rather fond of the dragons.
Then, because I prefer to send Christmas gifts that aren’t like everything in the stores, I made a trip to the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. This is an event held twice a year, in December and March. Fourth Avenue is near the University of Arizona, so it already has a selection of unique shops, but during the street fair, it’s closed to traffic for blocks and blocks, with vendors coming from all over the west—and sometimes farther—to sell their wares.
I managed to find the potter from whom I bought several cups and bowls a few years back, and bought a cup to replace the one I broke.
I found this striking collection of paintings which reminded me of The Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated by Mexican people around All Souls Day.
In addition to the unique items for sale, there’s plenty of food and a number of street musicians.
It’s a fun thing to do and you can be fairly sure the gifts you buy won’t be duplicated by anyone else.
This month I’m looking forward to two more trips I plan to take around Tucson. Look for that post in February.