The cherry blossoms and daffodils were as shocked as we were at the crisp 30 degree temperature this morning. Fortunately, the bright sun and cloudless sky made it feel much warmer.
We walked across the Plaza area of Santa Fe towards Canyon Road where more than 100 galleries line the half-mile street. Sculpture, painting, glasswork, pottery and jewelry are represented. It is inspiring to see so much new art in a concentrated area.After a Christmas (red & green chilies) covered plate of eggs & beans, we visited more art at several museums,including the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art and my favorite, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. We did not make it to her Ghost Ranch house in Abiquiu, just another reason to return to this fine capital city.
Santa Fe is the second oldest city in the US after St Augustine, FL and the oldest capital city. The adobe architecture and old world charm are present everywhere but especially in the historic Plaza area. The Native American and Spanish roots are kept alive through art, architecture and food. The Plaza and Governors Palace area are a shopping experience with booths and blankets filled with local crafts. Surrounding the Plaza are stores that appeal to every taste including custom-made boots and a great book and coffee shop. Mountains always in view, Hatch peppers hanging off lampposts and front porches and a great artist vibe, this is a capital capital city.