June 15, 2009

Souvenir del mar

I was fortunate enough to visit New Orleans several years ago (pre-Katrina) and I found it to be the most interesting place. I think it might be one of those cities everyone should visit at least once in his or her life and I'm glad to have been able to see it when I did. During my stay, we rode the St. Charles Ave. streetcar over to the Garden District and spent the day just walking around, taking in the sights. In and around the massive homes (neatly tucked behind security gates), were lots of little eateries and shops with local art and wares. In one particular shop, I spotted this cheeky mermaid and couldn't resist bringing her home with me. Her lower body is the painted half of a coconut and I think she just has such personality. I love things like this that someone actually spent time creating. I don't think she cost all that much, but to me she is absolutely priceless. I have always had a thing with mermaids and she is the perfect addition to my (growing) art collection. Maybe I'll find a merman to keep her company!