Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SANTA FE IN JANUARY on "TRAVEL TUESDAY"

Short on words today - quiet like Santa Fe in January. Those who read here know how much I love this beautiful Southwest town. Craving Margaritas and a change of scenery, we made a quick trip a few days into the new year.  Luminarias were still in place atop most buildings around town - shadows were long, and it never reached higher than 30 degrees daytime.
Night shots through margarita colored glasses - feeling warm enough (on the inside, at least) for a quick walk through town...no tripod, but a few "acceptable" shots of those little paper bags, lit. Most of these are electric, as they burn all night.  SW charming, for sure!  HUGE pocket watch stands at the side of the Plaza. The closer I got (damnable drink!), the "huger" it seemed to get...tick, tick, TICK...
And the stranger 100 dollar bills looked through Gallery windows - like they were looking back at me, and I couldn't figure out who that President was!
Daytime in the Plaza/winter - not as bustling as the touristy summer months, which leaves plenty of space available for hacky sack among friends.
Sights around town under crisp blue, New Mexico skies - ristras, flags flying, bronze bovines, and the St. Francis Cathedral looming over the Plaza.
Another beautiful bronze outside a Gallery.  Had I seen this the night before, under Margarita skies, I might have believed it real!
Adobe walls, the Loretto Chapel, and antique blankets hung in windows- this beautiful town speaks volumes of history.
And those beautiful blue skies tend to turn into...
this, in the evenings.  Captured on our way to dinner...a quick shout to "Stop the car!  Please!", and a run back to one of the standout spots in town.
Just west of the Santa Fe Plaza, stands the El Santuaria de Guadalupe Church.   Built in 1781, the church is now an art and history museum.
Housing the Archdiocese's of Santa Fe's collection of New Mexico Santos (carved images of the Saints), as well as Italian Renaissance paintings and Mexican Baroque paintings.
I must admit to not being inside of this, as I really thought it was just a beautiful old church...it was a spectacular focal piece for the sunset that night, however.
The town of Santa Fe is SO full of art, up and down the main streets, that we have never really thought to look farther than the "old stomping grounds"...
This, however, just made it onto the "to do" list for a future trip.
Always worth a look, the town of Santa Fe - go for the local beauty and charm...stay for the sunsets, and then head for the Margaritas!

18 comments:

Jackie said...

So gorgeous! On my bucket list to have food and margaritas with you there one day!! Then wander the shops! Well, maybe wander first then drink! One day.....

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

OK, we'll save the museum until then!

Elisabeth D said...

So pretty! The sunset photos are beautiful. The margaritas sound pretty good too ;) xx

Bev said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing! Very inspiring. Funny but we have that "blue" sky in Oklahoma sometimes too. XO

My Garden Diaries said...

I must go! Gosh! Your post transported me friend! I have always heard that it is a fascinating place with its art and culture but there really is something about the skies in your pictures that seems different than the skies here.... Just too beautiful for words! So glad you got away for fun and a margarita...and yes that particular bill looked as though it is staring at you! Ha! A wonderful week to you sweets! Nicole xoxo

Mary Ann Potter said...

"Margarita-colored glasses". That works for me, too! What wonderful photos! I've never been to that part of the country, so I really enjoyed Travel Tuesday today. So glad I joined your blog!

Maywyn Studio said...

Beautiful sunset photos
The vibrant blue sky of New Mexico winters is like no other.

Susan said...

Adobe buildings fascinate me, beautiful and functional. Poor me, I just can't handle hard liquor, so if I see you there I will be the one with a very English cider in my hand.

Teresa Young said...

I must agree, one of my favorite places to go too! And your photos are really beautiful and goodness the margaritas and the food...I'm need a road trip!

kathyinozarks said...

awesome photos-loved those sky photos especially-I have not made me a margarita all winter-I want one now-my favorite beverage during the summer made with all sorts of fruits.
I have never been to Santa Fe-thanks for the visit

Hettienne Grobler said...

a lovely post - I would love to visit that part of the world one day I will be back for more Travel Tuesdays What a gorgeous Lady of Guadulupe!! From next week Monday, Mondays with Mary will have a Mr Linky should you wish to link up - please spread the word - I have a Grab my Badge now on my blog, Hettienne

Hindustanka said...

I would love to be there some day and have Margaritas!:) I like old churches and would definitely visit the one in Santa Fe. Thanks for sharing a piece of your country, Tanya. It is wonderful how we can each other on travels!Hugs!

Princess Stupidhead said...

Oh. I would love to go there. The photos are so beautiful!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Never been there, but looks like fun. Beautiful photos of the sunset!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the southwest, but haven't been to Santa Fe. Now I want to go! Beautiful photos!

Jen Ham said...

We took my girls there a few years ago. I fell in love with the city! So much art and yes, tortilla chips and margaritas please!

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

Gorgeous sunset!

Tammy said...

We did not make it to Santa Fe this summer but hopefully one day we will. My girlfriend is here right now from Las Vegas NM. Her husband is still working her so she comes for a visit at least twice a year. She loves Santa Fe and goes every few weeks to get a shot of culture. :) She was showing me pictures today of a very old church she and a friend found that was built in the 1500's or so. Forget what town it was in. Have a great day. Tammy