Santa Fe is the short version of The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is what the Spanish Governor christened it in 1607. Seven hours south of Denver will bring you to an intimate little city, easy to navigate, enchanting venues and plenty of chill.
Our first stop, as soon as we arrived was the Santa Fe Plaza. It's been the cultural hub of Santa Fe for more than 400 years, hosting bullfights and fandangos. It's pretty, surrounded by ancient buildings like the San Miguel Mission and the Palace of the Governors, and a good vibe enterance to town.
In Santa Fe Plaza you get atmosphere, seems there's always something going on, whether it's a parade, a market or a festival. When we arrived, musica from the bandstand and lots of diverse people dancing, talking, having fun. Cowboy boots, flip flops, tennies, high heels.
One of the absolutes of Santa Fe is the circular staircase at the Loretto Chapel off the Plaza, visibly no support, hence miraculous invention. I belive it, other's don't. But why care?
Everyone goes to The Shed for Christmas (red and green) chilli but we found a few fantastic French bakeries/bistro's that kept us away from New Mexican dishes, which we didn't regret.
Meow. Wolf. Art installation. Yikes, way cool and the biggest art draw in SF besides the tried and true galleries on Canyon Road, in forever!
Our last night, we went to the Santa Fe Opera, usually too expensive and booked out, but there is a insiders secret about 'standing room only' tickets for $15 gets you in. It was truly a magical experience, it's outside and we saw Don Giovanni against the setting New Mexico sun. Though, since DG is the longest opera in history, 5 hours on high heels got to be too long. Note to self: flats.
Loved the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Off the Plaza, natch.
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