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A Lovely Day in Santa Fe

November 10, 2017

One day is simply not enough to immerse oneself in the pleasures of Santa Fe. You could spend hours just sitting in the plaza listening to musicians or watching Native American dancers. Or take your time browsing through the huge array of jewelry and other handicrafts under the roof of the Governor’s Palace. Or shopping, if that’s your thing: fancy boots, art, pottery, baskets, antiques… Or just wander around, admiring the pueblo architecture that has been so carefully preserved and gives the Old Town its character.

 

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The fine autumn day gave us a brilliant azure sky, providing contrast to the warm hues of the buildings. People in the plaza read the newspaper or watched musicians and dancers entertain.

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Historic La Fonda is a luxury hotel marking the terminus of the Santa Fe Trail, with a justly acclaimed restaurant, La Plazuela. Two docents escorted us on a tour of the property and its bounteous array of artworks, from murals to stained glass, decorative sconces to historic furnishings to paintings.

The 1930s-era Lensic Theater, Santa Fe’s premier performing arts center, is a masterpiece of Moorish-style architecture.

And everywhere, ristras!

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