Saturday, June 20, 2015

Afternoon in Santa Fe

I received a text from my friend yesterday morning.
She needed to run an errand up in Santa Fe.
Would I like to join her?
Since I am on summer vacation, it was a great Friday afternoon plan!
I joined her and her adult daughter on trip up to Santa Fe.
Since I was not driving, I had a rare opportunity to photograph
the landscape along the way.

Leaving Albuquerque

The landscape is particularly green right now.
We had more rain than usual in May.

Leaving Albuquerque


Passing San Felipe Pueblo

Heading Toward La Bajada Hill

Over La Bajada Hill
La Cienaga Area

Nearing Santa Fe

After our hour drive, we arrived in Santa Fe!

Although my friend does not travel with a doll, she is incredibly
positive and flexible with the interests of others.
She enjoys my having a doll, and was even willing to take us
to where we could take some photos of more historic Santa Fe buildings.

First, we visited the Oldest House in the USA
and the San Miguel Chapel,
which are on the same property.

The Oldest House in the USA
Entrance and Gift Shop

The Oldest House in the USA
Two Room Museum

Kitchen in the Oldest House

Two Rooms on Display at the Oldest House in the USA

Amaya found a perfect place to sit in the outside
adobe wall.

San Miguel Mission Chapel
Oldest House in the USA
(to the right)
Photo from Fodors

After our visit to the Oldest House in the USA
and the Oldest Church, we walked across the street to visit
the Inn and Spa at Loretto and the Loretto Chapel.

I have stayed here several times, and would highly recommend it.
Architecturally, it reminds me of the levels found in Pueblos.

The Loretto Chapel has an interesting history.
It was founded by nuns also established a school 
while New Mexico was a territory of the United States.
It was built in a Gothic style.

 The Loretto Chapel is best known for its miraculous staircase.

As we walked back to the car,
we stopped by a few shops along the street.

Our second location was near the Santa Fe Train Station.
The Rail Runner shown in the back is a modern, active,commuter train 
between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The older train was parked on an inactive track.

We ended our day watching the sun set over the open space
that is New Mexico as we drove home.

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