Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Santa Fe

Santa Fe.

A city of history, art and culture.  The city's heritage, art and architecture make it the most memorable place to visit.  It is also the reason why Santa Fe's museums are ranked #3 in the country.  Since time was limited as we arrived around 3:00, most of the shops and museums were getting ready to close. We just had enough time to walk around, take a few photos, and then get dinner.  I would definitely come back to revisit.

The Governors Palace - lots of native street vendor selling hand made jewelry.

 The park in front of the Palace of the Governors surrounded by lots of shops, boutiques and restaurants.

The theater

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, 1869


Random sculpture in front of someone's home

Great adobe style homes

Just little old me.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Toas - The Beautiful Inns

So if anyone wants to visit New Mexico (Taos and Santa Fe) mid-April, here's a short summary of our trip.

1. Day 1 - El Puebo Lodge

Fly to Albuqurque and pick up rental car and drive to Taos.  We got to Taos late and noticed that most places were closed. I gather Taos is a very very sleepy town.

We checked in at the El Pueblo Lodge. So Rustic. Loved the decor.  Huge choices for a continental breakfast.


Meet for drinks at the Taos Inn, Doctor Martin's bar (no, not named for the English boots of the same name).  That night it was 18 degrees outside.

2. Day 2, 3, 4 - Hacienda Del Sol

At around 8:00 a.m., it was 11 degrees out. The temps were all over the place and luckily it got up to the high 50s later in the day.  We met everyone at the Hacienda where the wedding would take place.  It was beautiful and wished we could have stayed there but they only had 11 rooms which were already booked.  Next time.

3. Day 5 -  Santa Fe - Inn at the Paseo

We decided to drive to Santa Fe the day before we left for home. Santa Fe was a little bigger but  still had the sleepy small town mentality.  The Inn was adorably updated and comfortable and walking distance to the historic district.

More to come later.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Taos Pueblo

One of the best things about the Taos trip was a visit to the Taos Pueblo.  I don't know what it was, maybe the the mountains, the people, the mystical feel of the place. It's just so hard to describe. Maybe peaceful is the right word for a place of beauty.

The Taos Pueblo is over 1000 years old and while over 100 families still abide by the old cultures and rules, most have moved out to find jobs and a better way of living. The few families who still live there, still retain their cultural heritage. All the homes have no running water or electricity, people still hunt in the mountains for food, and corn is a major staple.