Happy New Year!
Trip Start Dec 29, 2006
17Trip End Jan 13, 2007
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Next we went to the museum in the Palace of the Governors. There they displayed the Segesser Hide, the first known depiction of encounters between Native Americans and Europeans. One of them showed a camp, and the other showed a battle. There was an exhibit on printing in New Mexico, which ended with modern printed broadsheets of poetry, including one by UVA's own Rita Dove! The rest of the museum was a more typical museum of New Mexican history. There were two rooms (an office and a reception room) which looked as they had when the building had actually served as the Palace of the Governors. Highlights from this part of the collection included a stagecoach, lots of guns, a bust of Lew Wallace (who in addition to writing /Ben-Hur/ and serving as a Civil War general apparently also was territorial governor of New Mexico), and lots of guns. Finally there was a small but very impressive exhibit of Mesoamerican stone carvings and gold pieces. I was very impressed.
After a brief stop at Starbucks, we went into a pottery store. I especially appreciated some of the bird designs from Acoma. The pottery is really expensive. A medium-sized, painted pot that I really like cost almost $6,000! Then we went back to the hotel for afternoon tea and sherry and to rest up for dinner.
We had dinner at Maria's where the food was delicious. After dinner and a brief de-briefing meeting, we watched the ball drop in New York at 10 in my room and then watched Talledegah Nights. I was drifting in and out of sleep. Happy New Year everyone!