I start my little roadtrip through Arizona in Flagstaff.
Arrived late last night, hopping from Chicago through Phoenix, and decided to go and check out down town. Very lively on a Friday evening. Cool bars full of young people, party vehicles, live music in the street. I felt a bit out of place, being a 43 year old mum in a University town. When I was planning the trip I was looking into what was special to Flagstaff. A university town, no real tall buildings, no specific or known vantage points… the Weatherford hotel came back several times… and murals. Looking at the results in Tripadvisor doesn’t show much useful, mostly day trips to somewhere else, not really promising. Murals it is! I found a brochure on the net with a plan indicating where to look for which mural. Brilliant, I am ready. They are quite impressive and some of them look like they have been restored recently. Nice.
“The Cow” definitely had been repainted – even the shadow of the cow itself is painted on the wall, tricks the eye. The Veridic Gardens of Effie Leroux is intriguing and dark, with funny details, but I am not really a fan of those washed out colors. The Sound of Flight on the other hand is mind blowing! Much taller than I thought and very nicely detailed. Best to be seen in the morning when the sun lights up the colors… which I did. Another of my favorites is the one on Phoenix Avenue “route 66”, by lack of the real name that I didn’t find back. Again, full of detail, up to the reflection onto the wheel caps of the old Cadillac. The Speak Easy or Piano Bar – brilliant how it looks like the people are actually standing on the pavement. I was not impressed by the Centennial Walk though, too bland colors.
For more pictures look at my Arizona Road Trip Album.