We spent the first couple days of our trip exploring downtown Santa Fe — including the famous Plaza, where people gather to buy and sell handmade art, or to just enjoy the amazing New Mexico scenery and weather:
The long structure in the left is full of Native American vendors selling small items, mostly jewelry. I saw a pair of earrings I liked early on, but I didn’t even ask the price because we hadn’t done much shopping yet and I thought it was quite possible that I would see something I liked more elsewhere in the city. I didn’t and I kept thinking about those earrings, so we stopped there on the way out of town on our last morning, but that vendor hadn’t arrived yet. I guess I’ll have to go back someday!
The city is almost entirely adobe-style architecture, but there are a few surprises, like this building (I really took the picture because I liked the burro statue on Burro Alley!):
You can find any kind of art you can imagine in Sante Fe, and I found new favorites everywhere I looked:
Those flowers are made of paper and are so neat up close. I badly wanted some for our bedroom, but had no way to keep them safe on the flight home. I’m hoping to run into something similar in Austin someday!
There are some pretty, hidden spaces if you venture off the sidewalk. This little courtyard hid a cafe amidst the serene garden:
Santa Fe really likes elk. There seem to be a lot of elk statues throughout the city. You can even eat elk at several fine restaurants (and we did! It was delicious).
Another thing Santa Fe has a lot of is Whole Foods (Whole Foodses?). We saw two in the space of what seemed like no more than a mile. We picked up some snacks to stock the casita fridge, and Mark tried a local brew. We took them back to home base and enjoyed them in our little backyard while admiring the colors of Santa Fe.