Hello! I'm back with another travel post of our fall road trip out west. In my first post I talked all about our two day adventure driving to New Mexico, but today's post is our actual very first day of our vacation.
We started our day with some delicious breakfast burritos at the inn. They are basically warm tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and condiments of your choice like picante sauce, peppers, or beans. Mmmmm, yummy!
After breakfast, we were suppose to meet up with my daughter Ashley and her husband Jason. Ashley had the day off from rehearsals and they were going to drive up from Albuquerque to spend the day with us. But as usual, they were running late, so my husband and I decided to do a little sight seeing without them. Our inn was located right in downtown Santa Fe, so we were able to just park our car and walk to everything. We had a gorgeous mountain view from our upstairs hotel window (although in Santa Fe, you have a gorgeous mountain view no matter where you are!)
My husband and I are always seeking warmer weather when we travel, yet it seems every time we go on vacation, the warm state we are visiting is experiencing record low temperatures. I swear the cold weather of the state of Wisconsin follows us wherever we go! I was FREEZING when this picture was taken. This location is just steps outside our hotel room. I had four layers of clothes on: a tank top, blouse, cardigan, jacket, plus a scarf, and I was still cold.
For those of you who are interested in my fashion posts, three of the items I have on are from Stitch Fix: the feather print blouse, the clove cardigan, and the jeans. My scarf and vegan black moto jacket are from Forever 21, the combat boots are from Famous Footwear, and the black bucket bag is from Express. I wanted to wear tall brown boots with this outfit, but because they had a heel, they were impractical for a long day of walking, so I went back to my room and switched out my shoes after breakfast. Oh, the woes of fashion: I want to look fashionable, but the realities of life too often get in my way!
As we exited the jewelry store, we saw these hats blowing down the sidewalk. Because my husband and I both have retail experience, our natural tendency is to always 'pick up' when were shopping. We started chasing down the hats, and then we hung them back up where they were suppose to go. But one of the hats really caught my attention so I tried it on. Mmmmn, a cowboy hat? Me in a cowboy hat? I don't know. I planned on bringing my fedora that I picked up at the Wisconsin State Fair this past summer but I accidentally forgot it at home, so I really could use a new hat for this vacation. But a cowboy hat? It's just not my style. But I fell in love with the shading of the hat, and the pretty turquoise stones on the rope, so I gave in and bought it. If anything, it will keep the sun out of my eyes for the duration of my vacation, and it makes a nice souvenirer. Plus, I have a story to share of how I found the hat blowing down the sidewalk…..so I guess it was meant to be.
Our next stop was to visit Loretto Chapel. This church was also open to tourists and costs $3.00 to tour.
After leaving the Loretto Chapel, we started to enter the main street in Santa Fe which leads to the historic plaza. This name of this street is called San Francisco street and it has the most beautiful old world buildings and is famous for it's gorgeous view of the cathedral at the end of the street.
We first stopped at this old trading post. This was an affordable place to shop, and they had many nice clothing items inside.
This is the view when standing on the top of the stairs of the Cathedral. I really fell in love with the architecture of Santa Fe. The color especially was so beautiful to me, it seemed to glow and change with the movement of the sun.
Another beautiful old building across the street from the Palace of the Governors.
I always love interesting doorways, and this one is no exception. Could it be more charming? Don't you just love the contrast of the pebble stone wall with the beautiful wood carve door, and the teal painted wood trim? Gorgeous!
Outside the chapel was parked this hearse. My husband thought this was the coolest hearse he ever saw and said that he would drive this. I promised him that if he went before me, I would see that he got to ride in one that looked just like this.this post, but here is my lovely daughter:
After our tummies were full, we headed back to our hotel room just to talk a bit. I snapped this picture of my family watching a funny YouTube video:
And thus ended our day in Santa Fe. I loved this city. It is such a romantic, beautiful city. You should see it lit up at night: it's almost magical. I haven't learned the art of night photography yet, so you will have to look up pictures on the Internet to see how gorgeous this city is at night. There is so much to do and see in this area we could have spent a week in Santa Fe alone. There are countless museums (which we didn't see any because of lack of time), state and national parks, caves, hot springs, unusual geographical formations, etc., but we were on a road trip, so we had to keep going. I hope to one day return, and see everything I missed.
Next week's travel post: Our journey to Albuquerque via The Turquoise Trail!
Have a great day! Amy