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!