Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
39Trip End Oct 26, 2010
We left the chaotic parking lot and found a residential street with space to park, but a few blocs from the market and oh my the market was a quite treat. Numerous stalls containing everything imaginable that can be grown in hot, arid New Mexico. Peppers of every type were on display in colorful abundance and vendors roasting peppers produced a delightful aroma that wafted through the market. We found all forms of fresh vegetables and we stocked up but found it surprising that there was no sweet corn available. There was dried corn and baby corn but no sweet corn and we thought that odd. Fresh picked apples were in abundance and we sampled a few varieties selecting a nice tart variety the name of which escapes me now. Shopping bag full we returned to the house, put away the groceries, grabbed our cameras and walked back into town.
There was an art show set up in a couple different areas around the plaza and lots of people so we moved away from the main plaza looking for Tia Sophia’s for lunch. It was homey little café frequented by locals, not fancy but the food was very good and reasonably priced. From there we walked into another historic section with what claims to be the oldest house in the US and the oldest Church, both circa 1600’s en route to Canyon Road.
Canyon Road is a narrow little tree-lined street with fine art galleries on both sides. Again the architecture of the buildings along Canyon Road are works of art in their own right but they house some of the finest pieces of regional art that we have seen to date, sculpture, pottery, oil and watercolor paintings, basketry and textiles. We wandered among the galleries. The day was a veritable feast for the senses from the colors and smells of the market, tastes of the local cuisine, sounds of wind chimes and fountains in the courtyards and the beautiful art.