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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.