Santa Fe is the
capital of New Mexico. I
first visited this delightful dessert oasis on the return leg
of my month in the Caribbean. We
had planned to stop overnight, but due to some engine trouble,
we wound up spending three nights there, and a good thing too!
Somehow, I would
have missed out on Santa Fe had I not wound up there by circumstance
alone. Yes, I'd always heard good things about it, but no one
of those things really spoke to me. After seeing this quaint little
town I just had to show it to my wife Kathy, so we wound up returning
less than a month after I'd left on a romantic getaway for two.
Santa Fe is a high
altitude city, over 6000 feet, and sits in a valley at the base
of the Watermelon mountains. As such, there are always pretty
views, the weather is nice, and there are some spectacular cloud
formations that are formed because of the mountains.
Residents told us
the drive to Taos, a 45 minute trip, is not to be missed, so we
did that one day too. Taos itself is not very interesting in my
view--same as Santa Fe on a much lesser scale. However, the drive
is an excellent excuse to see the surrounding countryside. Don't
forget to drive up to the ski area either.
What follows is
a walk around photo tour. Santa Fe is really a walk-around town--that's
the best way to see it. Follow along as I show you what we saw.
at the Eldorado. It's a large hotel, convenient to the Plaza, and nicely
appointed. This is the third hotel I've stayed at in Santa Fe. When
I go back, I want to try to stay at the Inn of the Anasazi. It has the
best location of all, and looks like a very fine small hotel.
is where the action is in Santa Fe. It's a town square in the traditional
sense with interesting shops, galleries, and restaraunts radiating for
blocks around. Each morning we'd get up and set off to explore a different
corner of the Plaza area.
the clouds here are really quite beautiful.
old Spanish architecture here. Stucco is the rule rather than the exception.
In fact, it's so uniform, there must be a city building code mandating
it. This view is walking towards the square on the main drag, shortly
after leaving our hotel.
This is a little art museum.
specializing in--you guessed it!--bronzes...
Man had a cornucopia of interesting minutiae in his little courtyard
museum--the Indian Arts Museum...
tour bus really tickled my fancy...