I had a wonderful time in Phoenix and thought I'd share a few photos with you. I could have taken so many more pictures but I restrained myself.
One evening we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens, the paths were edged with luminaries. They were so pretty! I didn't think to get a picture of the path edged with them. They didn't use paper sacks, they were in these plastic containers.
There was a glass sculpture display by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, these glass sculptures are displayed all over the world.
They also had a display inside a building. There were informational photos showing the artist blowing the glass and creating these sculptures.
This was my favorite of all of them, these red points just glowed! We went back to the garden later in the week but during the daytime, the sculptures are definitely at their finest during dark.
I'm always intrigued by the sidewalks. This sidewalk is older than I am! You never see sidewalks this age in any of the northern states due to moisture, freezing and heaving.
I wore sandals every day, of course the first thing we did was to get pedicures.
The Bougainvillea was in full bloom, aren't these flowers beautiful? I don't know if these bushes are available in any other colors, I have only ever seen them in red.
I tried to go for a long walk every day. Usually I walked down 3rd Avenue then walked along the canal. The houses along the canal have privacy fences, most of the fences have been painted. This parrot and butterfly were my favorites of all the paintings.
I didn't see the usual conifer Christmas trees on displays in public venues. They normally had a tree made of poinsettias. They were very elegant!
This is how they decorated the desert trees at the Botanical Garden. Blogger decided this picture needed to go at the end of my post even the photo was taken at the same time as the other pictures from the garden.
The Sunday I was in Phoenix, we attended a Christmas program at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Later in the week we attended a Christmas Eve Service, there is a lot of talent in this church.
We also enjoyed a presentation of A Christmas Carol at a playhouse in Gilbert.
My two weeks in Arizona were fun, enjoyable and warm!