Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Valladolid is a colorful town in the eastern corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, noted for its charming colonial buildings and traditional Mayan culture. Called the "Sultan of The East" because of it's striking architectural beauty, I was immediately captivated. We stepped into La Casona, a hacienda style restaurant with flavorful Yucatan dishes (I'll cover those in the next post) and an art collection just as rich.
Tucked into this little street awash with candy-colored structures, La Casona greeted me with a wealth of art every where I turned.
The owners enjoy collecting masks from all over the world so every wall of the sprawling restaurant was covered with masks, some Mexican, some from other cultures.
I noticed a pattern with how the masks were grouped. The pieces above seemed to boast horns and devilish expressions.
And these featured facial hair in various forms. I thought some of these were slightly spooky and was glad I didn't face them during my meal.
On the other hand, I felt like I could live in this stunning fountain adorned with painted tiles and lovely landscaping. La Casona is a restaurant and an art gallery rolled into one. Have you seen any interesting art on your travels?