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Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Things I'll Miss About Santa Fe


Santa Fe is a great walking city. It feels more like a town than a city really - there are no tall buildings here, and the old Spanish architecture has been well-preserved. Santa Fe recently celebrated its 400th anniversary - that's right, I said 400! In fact, it claims the status of "oldest capital city" in the U.S., because it was a capital city in Mexico before the territory became the U.S. state of New Mexico. As an aside, I am amazed at how many people (Americans) do not seem to understand that New Mexico is one of the 50 states of the U.S.A.! When we moved here from Arizona, we had a heck of a time convincing the person at Allstate to give us car insurance, because she was convinced New Mexico was not in the U.S. Why the concept is any different from New Hampshire and New York, I don't know; but it seems difficult for some folks to grasp. But I digress.... :D

Santa Fe's downtown streets are narrow and winding. They remind me a little of the streets of Old Quebec. The Plaza is the central gathering place, where major events like Indian Market are held. On any given day, the Plaza buzzes with the energy of tourists, vendors and street musicians. It's where you go on the 4th of July for the pancake breakfast and the bands that play all day. So here are a few more pictures we took when we were around and about town the other day. Enjoy!



The Plaza on a sunny spring day. Soon the trees will leaf out and it will look beautiful. In the background is The Palace of the Governors, where the Native Americans sell their jewelry and pottery. As s I understand it, The Palace of the Governors was the secret entrance for the scientists who began working on the atomic bomb. Not my favorite part of the Santa Fe story, except for the intrigue.
 
The Lensic, where many wonderful cultural events are held. I've seen plays and concerts here, also also saw/heard writer Anne Lamott speak here one wonderful night.
 
The cathedral, right in the center of town. The La Fonda Hotel is on the right.

Closer view of the cathedral


Inside, it is SPECTACULAR!

Front doors of the church

Beautiful artictecture

Lobby of the La Fonda Holel

One of our favorite dining spots - Burro Alley Cafe on W. San Franscisco Street

Lots of boutiques with great fashion


These shoes are funky, but I kind of like and want them. What do you think??

And as promised, a picture of me sitting in our empty living room of the Tiny Little Unit, in my new beach chair and wearing my new red boots.  P.S. Never let someone take a picture of you sitting down, it's not a good angle!
 

24 comments:

  1. I will remember all the wonderful restaurants and of course my plein air paradise The Sangre de Christo Mountains at about 11,000 feet above sea level.

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  2. Me too, honey. I'll see if I still have of the pictures from up the mountain.

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  3. Ah but the call of the open road, the wind in your hair, the happy chirp of the GPS as it gets you lost once again, the hum of the camera shutter.... there will be dozens if not hundreds of new and wonderful places in which and of which to paint and stories to be told (which we are all waiting to read)....you've been here and done this....time to move on.

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    1. We're ready for all of the above. I'm sick of packing, moving, storing, packing, moving, storing. It seems endless and I am ready to shut the door and get on the darn plane!

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  4. I really can't believe that she did not know that New Mexico is in the United States. The schools really fell down on that one, didn't they? LOL!

    Yes, your city is very lovely. It's always hard to say goodbye to a place we love. But the coming adventure will be fun and exciting.

    You look great in the pic! I bet you look just as good sitting down as you do standing. Me on the other hand.... ;O) Love the red boots!

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    1. It's nuts isn't it? But she wasn 't the only one. A TSA woman in Hawaii asked us what it was like living a foreign country too. Yikes.

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  5. Those are some gorgeous photos! The cathedral is amazing. I'm not so sure about those shoes though - stick with the boots!

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    1. REally? Okay, they are definitely on the odd side of things :D

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  6. Hi Melissa .. love the pictures and think I'd rather like to visit one day. Funny what people know and don't know ... the Cathedral is incredible isn't it .. that lady in 'dem red thingummies looks good too ... yellow shoes could be good for the hot weather - any more room in the RV? Cheers enjoy these last few days .. Hilary

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  7. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful town! AND you look Mahvelous in your red boots!! And sitting down is NOT a bad angle for YOU! You look great!! I'm SO wishing I could come along...or at least follow y'all in my little PT Cruiser! :)

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    1. Oh - I better not tell RVP that you have a PT Cruiser - he cried when we sold ours a couple of years ago. His favorite car ever! xo

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  8. Thanks for posting these WONDERFUL photos. The cathedral is beautiful, and I love your red books.
    Donna

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    1. Thanks Donna! Glad you enjoyed them...There will be more pictures of those boot s- I think they will be a bit like the Travel Gnome.

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  9. Wow, what beautiful photos! I've always wanted to visit Santa Fe, and now I want to even more. Love the red boots, too, great picture of you! I wish you all the best as you start on this new journey.

    I'm looking forward to your A-Z posts, see you Sunday!

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  10. I've never been there before and the pictures are beautiful!!

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  11. I love Santa Fe. I think you'll miss it more than you think you will. Especially the wide blue sky. I love those funky shoes. I'd buy them!

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Carol, you're the only one so far beside me who's liked the shoes - I think they are so cool! I may have to get them.

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  12. Even I know that New Mexico is a part of the United States! Those books look amazing on you :) Oh, and I can't wait to visit Santa Fe one day!

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    1. Sorry that was meant to say boots! I have books on the brain as usual :)

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    2. Hi Megan, books, boots - love 'em both! I really wonder about our educational system sometimes - Sigh. Santa Fe is a wonderful, wonderful place to visit. xo

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  13. Melissa, did you recevie my e-mail telling you about a Call for Submissions for a new anthology? The name of it is going to be: These Boots Are Made For Walking. They're looking for any stories about TRAVEL....and I also heard the cover has RED BOOTS on it! Twilight Zoney!! I think you should submit something!!

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