Greetings From "The City Different"
Trip Start Jul 29, 2011
4Trip End Aug 02, 2011
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It's been a long, but good day, my first in "The City Different" as people call it here. Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of my favorite places anywhere and it's a pleasure to be back. I was concerned about getting off the ground--literally--since we had another whopper thunderstorm move through Chicago late Thursday night and early Friday morning. But we left Midway Airport around 10:30am and got into Albuquerque's "Sunport" as they call it around noon local time, ahead of schedule. After eating lunch in Albuquerque's Old Town district, I headed up to Santa Fe. It wasn't a clear day, but that didn't matter. In fact, it was great to see a couple of small storm systems in the distance, since you can really see for miles and miles here. We didn't get any rain (and they need it here) but it's around 79 degrees and no humidity
I strolled around Santa Fe's historic Plaza district before and after dinner, re-acquainting myself with the area. During my first visit here in May of 1993, they rolled up the sidewalks pretty early. No more. Maybe it was due to the fact that it's a Friday night, but the area was bustling, with plenty of places to eat, drink and socialize, all of them busy. My only disappointment was dinner at a place my Dad and I enjoyed when we were here in 2009. It used to be called the Ore House, right on the Plaza, with a wonderful bar, upstairs dining rooms and an outdoor balcony. They've moved about a block away and the place is now called "Balconies." Simply put, the service was slow and the menu over-priced. The over-priced part didn't surprise me, since this is an expensive town, but I was disappointed by what I got for the money. During my after dinner stroll, I sought out several other places that are more reasonable.
The evening ended very well. Since the old downtown is so easily walkable, everyone here takes advantage of it. Adding to the mix of folks enjoying themselves and the aroma of food all over, there was music everywhere. In one venue, the famous Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, a choral concert at the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Basilica and the New Mexico Jazz Festival at an old theater, to street musicians on several corners
Tomorrow (Saturday) I head north into the mountains to visit the home of the late artist Georgia O'Keeffe, who has a museum named for her in Santa Fe. I also hope to take in some of the Native American ruins, namely the Pecos National Historical Monument not far away. I'll keep you updated on what's going on here in the Land Of Enchantment whenever possible. Have a great weekend!
Dave...On the road again and glad to be on it!
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