Old Town, Albuquerque
When visiting Albuquerque a must see place is Old Town, even though many think it's a "tourist trap". But actually it isn't as bad as many may think. So bring a smile, inquistive mind, some good walking shoes to see all the jewelry, clothing, native art shops, museums, and historical sights maybe even feel a presence from people from years past.
Here in the Land of Manana (tomorrow) mostly everyone is laid back so bring patience also. Prices are actually fair and well I just trust the pueblo and Navojos that are selling their art on the sidewalk and the jewelry shops. Its cheaper in Albuquerque than in Santa Fe also. From the larger shops to the tiny shops you will defiantly find something for someone, even if its just history or facts from one of the more knowledgable clerks.
When your stomach is running empty from all the sight-seeing try stopping by one of Old Town's many restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. Church Street Cafe, off Church Street, is the most recomended New Mexican cuisine stop. Rolling in the Dough Bakery, hidden in Plaza Don Luis, has wonderful sandwiches with bakery bread and try their peach turnovers. Then Romero House, off of Romero St., has good burgers, hotdogs and even veggie burgers. Then there's Red Rock Cafe, they have good Chai tea. I spent only a day there in Old Town but I missed so much of it, like the Secret Chapel and some of the museums. But even though I did not see the entire place, it is stellar.
Fondest memory: My first stop in Old Town was a shop on the corner of South Plaza and Romero st. and it was a jewelry and indian art shop, cute. But that shop continued on and on and I met Dianna, a red-headed knowledgable lady that knew a lot about the Pendleton rugs. Then she had several other of her co-workers show me around their shop which is actually said to be haunted. Supposedly the larger part of the store (filled with more typical gifty items) was a patio and there are raingutters still to show it was. Well, many of the employees have felt a presence. One night the manager and a clerk were closing the shop and as they were cleaning the two heard someone running down the aisles with heels but it sounded like a smaller lady they claim. This shop has big wagon wheels up from with chile ristras hanging up front.
Then there are supposedly ghosts that roam about old town, which I was totally fascinated by the history. Just stop by the information center and they tell you so much!
The old town can easily be seen - and, in fact, must be seen - on foot.
Fondest memory: The Old Town is a quaint little quarter, lovingly restored, featuring all kinds of shops. On the north side there is a museum dealing with dinosaurs´ times...
The Old Town area, including Old Town, The Museum of Albuquerque, the Museum of Natural History, Tiguex Park, and then drive up Rio Grande Blvd to the Pueblo Cultural Center. Then go visit the BioPark and the Aquarium. A concert at the Zoo could finish off the day.
Fondest memory: Actually, I miss New Mexico more than Albuquerque, which is getting too big for me. My fondest memory is of riding horses in the north valley when I was a kid.
Fondest memory: There are lots of traders selling Indian jewelry, but you can also find lovely little boutiques offering exquisite clothes (ladies! hold on to your $$$).