Santa Fe. It’s one of those places that makes you want to become a novelist. You imagine sitting in a café on the Plaza sipping a steaming cup of some special “local’s only” coffee. You exchange greetings with the regulars as they come and go, while spinning a yarn about the special, sometimes surreal, people and places which surround you…
Insert sound of brakes and locked up tires…screech! Wake up, smell the Maxwell House reality! Two kids, two dogs, bills to pay, remember?
Oh yeah, right, all that. But hey, truth be told, that’s what makes it even better to be here. Where else can we bring our boys and treat them (and us) to a breakfast of Huevos Rancheros aside a 200 year old city square made of adobe? The Plaza in Santa Fe is the center of the downtown area, and today it’s blanketed in snow!
The street vendors abound, selling handmade jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings, pelts of fur, you name it! The sounds of deal making, the colors of all of it, and the ever present watchful eye of an older Native American sitting at her booth, give the place real character!
At night, they light up the Plaza with those paper bag thingys with the candle…??? Lumenaries, that’s it! All around the roof tops of the terraced adobe buildings. Combined with Christmas lights in the central park, it’s very beautiful.
I could go on and on about the architecture, the layout of the city, the myriad nooks and crannies and tiny secret back alleys. I love this place! However, you really need to hear about the shopping! Kim will do a better job than I telling about that!
The side streets and alley ways are lined with little shops selling hot chili peppers, flowers, silver, turquoise, and handmade sweaters. The colors and sounds are sure to make you want to buy something!
In the center of town there is a Native American Market where each vendor has a blanket or two of goods…no tables! They sit on the ground (yes, the cold ground) ready to bargain with the next passing tourist. It’s fun to shop for little trinkets of silver and turquoise and have something to take home as a reminder of this wonderful town!
There are so many unique art galleries and shops that it’s a treat to just wander in and out of them until you find more then you want to carry around! The boys love to visit a rock shop and I can always be found at Chico’s!
Shopping, art, architecture, history, just the whole atmosphere makes Santa Fe one incredible place to visit.
While we were trying to get to all 48 states, we sometimes went in a direction that wouldn’t be our first choice.
The first city we returned to with no real agenda, was Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a must see! We’ll see more on Monday, then head up to Taos!