Entries Tagged as 'USA- NM, Santa Fe'

Santa Fe- Santa Fe Plaza

The Santa Fe Plaza is a delightful space to let your senses wander.  There are talls trees, colorful flowers, broad green lawns, and peaceful walking paths.  People chat with their friends and musicians play the Spanish guitar, as birds soar overhead, chirping merrily.  Pleasant vendors sell silver earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

Meanwhile, I sit on a bench, absorbing it all.  A large part of going on a vacation is relaxation after all, isn't it?

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Santa Fe- Tomasita's Restaurant, Loretto Chapel

If you're looking for good New Mexican food at a reasonable price, head for Tomasita's Restaurant on 500 South Guadalupe Street.  For the first round, you get a couple of huge, freshly made sopapillas with butter and honey.  The second round consists of delicious chicken and cheese enchiladas in a spicy red chili sauce.  Heck, you may even want to get an egg on top of those enchiladas!

Then foot it to the beautiful Loretto Chapel on 207 Old Santa Fe Trail.  This is the home of the Miraculous Staircase.  According to legend, a man built this incredible staircase, which is considered a masterpiece of carpentry, without using even a single nail.  The man, though, never returned to receive payment for his work.  It is a belief among many people that the carpenter was Saint Joseph, father of Jesus, who built it is as an answer to the prayers of the Santa Fe residents.

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Santa Fe- Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi(131 Cathedral Place) is a beautiful romanesque house of worship in Santa Fe.  It has fine bronze doors which cronical the life of Saint Francis, colorful stained glass, a wonderfully painted altarpiece, and a somber yet powerful wooden crucifix.

And for those who are curious about the saint's life, Francis was born to a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy.  Soon, though, he threw off his wealth, took a vow of poverty, and with great effort, founded the Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church.  Because of the pious life he led, he later became a saint.

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Santa Fe- New Mexico Museum of Art

It's worth going to the New Mexico Museum of Art(107 West Palace Avenue) just to see its incredible adobe and wood exterior.  Add the beautiful courtyard, which is filled with art and chile ristras, and you have something special!

My favorite works of art in the museum were two colorful paintings of Native American religious ceremonies, and a fine bronze of a Navajo woman by the artist and sculptor R. C. Gorman.  And when you have had your fill of the wonderful art, go back into the courtyard to get a beautifully framed view of that clear blue sky that New Mexico is famous for!

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Santa Fe- Dinner and Drinks at the La Fonda Hotel

The La Fonda Hotel, on 100 East San Francisco Street, is the perfect place for dinner.  Just look at the delightful dining room with its traditional Spanish chairs, colorful flowers, and light covered trees.  I recommend that you order their pozole(a New Mexican soup with pork, hominy, and red chiles), which is top notch!  It's a bit hot(as in spicy), too, so be careful.

Then skip down the beautifully tiled  hall, get in the elevator, and head up to the Bell Tower Bar for an incredible view of the sunset.  Great place for a margarita and a chat!

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