Saturday, November 30, 2013

Botanical Garden of Santa Fe

 This is my friend Cynthia walking around the gardens.

 There were a lot of beautiful flowers like this.

As well as plants that look like sea anenome. At least that is what this reminds me of.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Museum of New Mexico at Milner Plaza

 I didn't have a chance to go inside the museum, but if I had more time I would have visited this museum. I only had time to look around the plaza and have breakfast (which was delicious!), but just from what I saw in the plaza it seems like an interesting museum.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Palace of the Governor's: Santa Fe, NM

The Palace of the Governor's is where the governor's of Santa Fe used to live. Now, it is a museum for the history of Santa Fe. We can't take photographs inside the museum except in the courtyard, which is where this photo was taken. The museum has a lot of photographs and artifacts on display. A good place to visit to understand what the city of Santa Fe went through.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Door in Santa Fe

I stood staring at this door for a couple minutes. I just happened to catch the colors out of the corner of my eye and I had to get a closer look. I'm glad I did! 

How amazing is this door?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

 The stained glass windows were beautiful with the light streaming through them.

I wasn't a real big fan of this Cathedral, because it is a little over the top. If I had to choose one cathedral of chapel to visit I would choose the Loretto Chapel. It's beautiful in it's simplicity and we can't forget the spiral staircase!

With that said I did find some details that I enjoyed at this Cathedral, like the door.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Architectural Styles in Santa Fe

Pueblo Style - Made of adobe and trees. 
This is one of the museums near the square. New Mexico Museum of Art

A blend of Adobe, French-Romanesque and Modern Architecture designs.
 Saint Francis Cathedral

This cathedral stands out among the adobe buildings. It is large and very close to the square, so it's a little hard to miss.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Stroll Through Downtown Santa Fe

 I love everything about this building. The ivy, the awning, the balcony, the color....

 There were quite a few shops to stop. I found a chocolate shop that I was somehow able to tear myself away from without buying any chocolate. I would have bought some, but I wasn't sure how well they would have held up in my suitcase in Japan where it was still quite hot.

A shampoo explosion is bad, but a melted chocolate explosion? I didn't want to try my luck.

 I loved the souvenir shops, which yes are a little over priced. But then again that's part of buying souvenirs and it helps the local economy....hopefully, the local economy. No matter what it is a good way to bring home a little of the local products to remind you of your time there.

Can you tell I am a souvenir addict?

 If you walk just a few minutes from the center of the town you can find galleries and quiet streets like these. Part of it was that it was the off season, but I can't imagine tourists swarming this area. It felt more like the area the locals would spend their time. Quiet and simply decorated cafes and restaurants. Plenty of apartment buildings and office buildings.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Spiral Staircase

This is the main reason why I love The Loretto Chapel. This staircase is surrounded with a little mystery. It is called a miraculous staircase, because they don't know exactly who built it or why or how. Visit this site to find out more information.


For artists, architecture lovers, miracle lovers or people who are just curious, you must take a look at this spiral staircase.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Loretto Chapel

This chapel is a must see in Santa Fe. My next post will have the main reason, but I also found the outside and the trees to be worth it as well.

 Nature: Straight and solid
Man-made: Off kilter and see through

I don't know who came up with the idea to drape their prayer beads on a tree branch, but the variety of colors and sizes truly are beautiful. An interesting thought that the prayer beads would keep reaching out further and further as the tree grows.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Around the Oldest House of Santa Fe

 I noticed this tree not too far from the oldest house left standing in Santa Fe. The first thing that came to mind was how long it had been there and the changes that happened around it.

Part of the restaurant that hides the house from the main street. If you have been walking around all morning maybe it's time for a break with a little wine or beer. Watch your head going in!

A full view of the house. Unfortunately, you can't go to the second floor anymore. Only the one room in the front is accessible to visitors.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Oldest House in Santa Fe, NM

 The building on the left is what's left of one of the original houses in Santa Fe. It used to be bigger with a second story, but over time it has become this one room museum. The entrance is through the real estate agency and there is a restaurant hiding it from the main street. I would never have found it without my friend, Cynthia's, guidance.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Simple Details at the San Miguel Chapel

 I love the detail of this door handle. Very unexpected after seeing the outside, but it's not bulky so as to not stand out too much.

 Doors are open, come on in.

Light a candle for a prayer or for a loved one.