Hello! Welcome to Part Two of Day Four of Our Road Trip Out West. If you missed our morning adventure on The Turquoise Trail, you can read all about it HERE. There are also links on that post to all my previous travel posts of our road trip out west if you missed those too.
When we finished The Turquoise Trail it was still quite early, so we decided to find our hotel in Albuquerque. The wonderful staff at The Hyatt Hotel, let us check in three hours early so we were able to unload the car and freshen up a bit before heading out again.
We had plans to meet my daughter Ashley and her husband Jason for dinner in Old Town Albuquerque. We knew they wouldn't be able to get there till after 4:00 p.m. because Ashley had a full day of rehearsals, and the shops and church would all be closed around then. So we decided to go early and check out the town on our own before dinner.
Old Town is a historic district in Albuquerque, New Mexico that dates back to 1706. Today it is a popular tourist and shopping destination that has over 150 stores and restaurants. It is centered around a plaza that has a lovely park and a famous church. There are many lovely brick paths and nooks and crannies to explore. It is very similar to Santa Fe, but much smaller and a lot more inexpensive. I could actually afford to shop and eat here!
We parked our car at the very end (or beginning, depending which way your coming from), of the entrance to the Old Town. The first area of shops we visited had a back door which led to more little shops and even steps to a balcony, which led to even more little shops. Old Town is filled with winding brick paths and balconies, just waiting to be discovered! At the base of the stairs to an upstairs shopping area was this beautiful floral mural. Because I paint murals myself, I am always interested in them. What I liked about this mural, was how the theme was carried to the upstairs balcony too. They had lovely birds and vines painted on the walls upstairs.
There were lots of quiet hidden patios and gardens to explore. I loved the wrought iron gate and ivy covered stucco walls of this hidden garden.
In the picture above, I'm standing in the doorway of yet another 'politically incorrect' store. Pretty humorous isn't it?
The next few pictures show several patio gardens. I love patio gardens. If I ever move again, the only garden I would want would be a patio garden. No grass, just a little brick or slate covered patio with lots of pretty pots and fountains. Low maintenance, private, and no grass to mow or weeds to pull. My kind of yard.
This canon replica was located inside the park across the street from the church.
If your wondering what I'm wearing (for those of you who follow my Fashion Over Fifty posts), I have on my new boxy-style shirt from my fall Stitch Fix. My pants are also from a previous Stitch Fix, and are a high waisted crop style. I wore black flats for easy walking, and the cowboy hat I bought in Santa Fe the day before to protect myself from the Western sun. The black and silver scarf kept me warm in the cool mornings and evenings, but was fashionable as well.
Have a great day! Amy