Friday, April 13, 2012

Shopping in the desert

While in Palm Springs, I went for a long walk down the main drag.  I was struck by how piercingly hot the sun is in the desert.  Fortunately, we visited when it was in the 80's, but around noon I started to feel irrationally panicky and kept glancing down at my water bottle to make sure it was still there.  I can see how people die in the desert.  Palm trees don't provide much shade.  I had to keep reminding myself that I was in the middle of civilization. 

The stores did not provide the blast of air conditioning that I craved, but they did have great style and friendliness.  I love this sign -

Here are some cool sculptures I saw along the way -

My favorite was this consignment store filled with objects from the 40's and 50's.  I love everything about this yellow and chrome bedroom set and how it is styled with the acrylic lamp, the cute little owl and the vintage swimming pool photo.  

They also had the obligatory Eames chairs -

And some retro dishes -

I didn't shop for too long, though, because the stores were heating up with the sun. 

After a delicious salad at the beautiful Cafe Europa (highly recommended), I hurried back to our hotel to read in the shade, which was 20 degrees cooler than the sunshine.  (By the way, I was reading on a Kindle.  I will tell you about that soon.)

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