The ubiquitous pueblo
Favorite thing: All construction in Santa Fe follows the pueblo style. Even the bank is a pueblo. New construction cheats, though. The new stuff isn't made with mud. We saw wood supports go up on a building, and on another, it looked like they were using stucco. How California!
- Hiking and Walking
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Favorite thing: This museum has a large collective of contemporary native art. It is located across the street from the St. Francis Cathedral. The Institute is dedicated to promoting the study of art and culture of all American Indian and Alaskan native people.
- Arts and Culture
Santa Fe Is a Favourite
Favorite thing: Santa Fe is great .
Just go . You need no tips.
Lots of good restaurants. Being next to the Los Alamos there is a source of well off people .
Great weather in spring and fall.
This was the starting point ( well Albequerqe was ) for our trip through northern New Mexico and southern Colorade . It is a good jump off point .
Not an Adobe Disneyland
Favorite thing: Remember that this is a REAL city where REAL people live. We're not props in a theme park. We love our city and we're pleased to share it with you; but please respect it, and us, in turn.
Fondest memory: The sunshine, the clear air, the vistas -- I live in a modest suburb, but from my balcony I can see half a dozen mountain ranges, and look north until the horizon drops away. It's sunny most of the time, even in winter. (The last time I visited my family in the San Francisco area, it rained incessantly for 2 weeks, and I couldn't wait to get home!)
Favorite thing: This is an awesome headdress, handmade, with real feathers, fur, leather, and the detailing (the blue stripe) is made entirely of beads!! Don't forget to be polite and ask for permission before snapping a photo..
smoox's General Tip
Fondest memory: The plaza has a very special atmosphere, and everybody is drawn towards it. It was here that the famous Santa Fe Trail ended. The Santa Fe Trail was a trading route between the USA and the then Spanish territory. Around, there are cafés, snack bars and arts and craft shops.
smoox's General Tip
Fondest memory: Kachinas are a typical feature of the southwest. They are really dolls for children, made by their Indian parents to teach them about their gods. Nowadays, Kachinas are pieces of art which may sell at outrageos prices, but you can also get one for $ 30.
Even though Santa Fe is the...
Favorite thing: Even though Santa Fe is the capitol of NM, the third largest city in the state with a population of 60.000 and has been around longer than all but one other city in America it is still relativy unknown to many U.S. travelers.
'On march 30, 1609, the...
Favorite thing: 'On march 30, 1609, the Viceroy of New Spain appointed Don Pedro de Peralta Governor and Captain General of New Mexico, instructing him to proceed to New Mexico.....accompanied by twelve soldiers and priest'.
Get out and about, visit at...
Favorite thing: Get out and about, visit at least one Native American community, if only to buy art or artifacts from them directly (and know your money is supporting their business, not some middleman)- and to see the shocking contrast of how they have been forced to live in comparison with most of us well-off tourists. You can't leave Santa Fe without immersing yourself in the history of the place, however briefly. It's sobering and poignant.
Fondest memory: Fabulous scenery, adobe architecture (yes, even the fake stuff is lovely to look at!), bunches of chillis hanging outside houses, that big blue sky.
10eke's General Tip
Fondest memory: San Miguel Mission.
Did you ever see a 'sorry, we are closed' sign on a church? Here it is! It really looked out of place.
The mission is located 3 blks s. of the Plaza on the Old Santa Fe Trail, it is one of the country's oldest churches. It was built in the early 17th century. A Spanish church bell of 1356 is on display, it is a 'second-hand' church bell that was used Spain and Mexico before it was moved to Santa Fe by oxcart in the 1800s.
check out the historical Spitz...
Favorite thing: check out the historical Spitz Clock on the northwest corner of the plaza. The Spitz clock was used to advertise the Spitz Jewelry Store. Its predecessor was run over by an early motorcar in 1915. The clock is second hand and was bought in Kansas City in 1916. The VW Beetle in the picture was not the car that knocked over the previous clock!
Walk or drive around the...
Favorite thing: Walk or drive around the residential areas to look at the houses. Personally, the houses intrique me, and they are beautiful, but I could not help thinking that it must be very bizarre to live in a town where all the houses are the same color and style. How much rust-colored adobe can one look at? How about a white adobe here and there? Or a yellow one? Actually, I see the point--a bunch of adobe style houses in a mixture of colors might look a little tacky. I vote for some wooden or brick houses to break up the monotony.
See my Travelogue for some photos taken around the neighborhood.
Another gorgeous work of art...
Favorite thing: Another gorgeous work of art just standing in front of a gallery on the streets of old 'Sante Fe'..and this was just one of so many... amagine actually purchasing a piece like this and taking it home.
View the art! Not only is...
Favorite thing: View the art! Not only is there ample street art as shown here...but there are more galleries than you can count...with price tags as large!
Fondest memory: My mother and daughter also have this photo on there pages...we are still arguing over who actually took these photos!
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