We finished our walking tour of Boise by going through the Freak Alley Gallery. Freak Alley Gallery is the gallery of street art created by local artists. Places like this are popping up in urban areas all around. We have the RiNo district, here in Denver, that I have covered as well, quite awhile ago. The RiNo Art Walk It is always fun to see this unique art, no matter where I go. It is always original and is always one-of-a-kind.
Obviously, I cannot present all of the artwork we saw, but I will give you a good and fun sampling. These artists are very talented.
Do you see the faces? Do you see the wolves?
I guess to some degree, we are all just puppets on a string and someone is always watching us.
This one was not actually a part of the Freak Alley Gallery, but it is sort of, in it’s own way. This beautiful setting was on some other buildings that were not part of the Freak Alley Gallery.
As we were finishing our walking tour, we ended up in the Basque region of the city too. Boise hosts one of the largest Basque communities in the nation, with about 16,000 people claiming this heritage. They mostly inhabit what is known as “The Basque Block” of the city, which is part of the old historic district of Boise. Immigration to the United States from the Basque regions of mostly Spain and France, started in the 1800’s, when the Basque people found more lucrative opportunities in the western United States, initially for mining and then for ranching and sheepherding. Boise, in particular, was a region where the Basque people could let their culture thrive by herding sheep and operating boarding houses.
As I mentioned earlier, Boise was all in bloom too. I am trying to give a good sense of the things we saw and did without overwhelming everyone. I will have to do another segment on just the florals and fauna from the area too. There were so many beautiful and gorgeous flowers everywhere we went. You need to see all the colors in bloom too.
All in all, we had a beautiful day, learned a lot, enjoyed great food and beverages, and had a fabulous, fun day. Thank you Traci. Traci is an EXCELLENT tour guide!!!!!!