Day 16

Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
Trip End Apr 17, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Day 16

We had to start the day by getting out all of our maps, books, and tourist guides to figure what we wanted to see today. Santa Fe is a little tough on a Sunday. We found that many of the things to see and places to eat aren't open or open late on Sunday. Still the downtown is loaded with history, has lots of amazing arts and architecture, and such a cool vibe about it, so we figured we'd do some exploring. Also, Santa Fe has a pretty rich history of churches, so since we couldn't find a church we were dying to check out here, we decided to start by doing a little church history instead. There are three biggies here to see and we walked by a fourth on the way. We started with the Santurio de Guadelupe. We just zipped by this one, but still beautiful. We love the adobe style everything that is NM. The next stop was the Loretto chapel. This is where the miraculous staircase is. A quirky story on this one, apparently they built this church with a choir loft, but didn't do the math right and ended up with no way to get a staricase up there. So, some mysterious capenter showed up and built this nearly freestanding staircase. It shouldn't stand on its own, but it does somehow. It was featured on Unsolved Mysteries among other programs. Next up was San Miguel church. This is the oldest continuosly used church in the US. It went up in the 1600s. Beautiful building and a cool bell inside from the 1300s. The last stop was the St. Francis basillica. We saw pictures of it and it looks amazing, but it is currently under renovation, so it doesn't look like much from the outside. We got there in time to check out a Stations of the Cross service though. Never seen anything quite like it, but meaningful in a somber sort of way. Ethan got picked to help out with carrying the candles down to the front as well. We made a few other stops along the way and checked out some very cool artisans. We all love this town. I don't know if there's jobs here, but we could totally see living here. At the end of the day we finished up with dinner at the Cowgirl BBQ. While we were waiting to be seated Ethan started up a conversation with some women there and they found out all about road trip. After explaining everything in detail to them they stopped by to say hi and fill us in on some local stuff to check out. We also found out that they had a media background, so they gave me a contact with the film commision to check out. I don't if there's anything, but hey who knows, maybe we ended up here for a reason. Time for bed. More adventures tomorrow!

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