In my last two blogs, I listed many reasons for “Why you need to visit New Mexico”. Hopefully, the images of White Sands and Albuquerque nudged you to include NM in your bucket list. If not, I hope to convince you today. Today, I am going to talk about a quirky, charming town of Santa Fe- my favorite in NM.
After a splendid time at White Sands, we drove north to Santa Fe. Long drive through desolate lands of NM is an experience that never gets old. White Sands was a pinnacle of our trip and having experienced it, I was completely at peace. I wasn’t really thinking about the next destination anymore.
If you have ever hiked up the mountain, then you know what I’m talking about. As you gradually ascend, your anticipation also goes up. You are checking every corner, every bend for a great view. Finally, when you reach the top and look at the magnificent valley below, your mind goes in a state of complete peace. On your way down, your excitement slowly shifts into lower gear. It doesn’t mean you are not enjoying anymore. You’re in fact in a state of fulfillment and every next surprise is now a cherry on top. That’s what Santa Fe was for me.
Santa Fe, in a single word, is “Alive!” It’s a town of artists and craftsmen. “Canyon Road” is full of galleries with excellent collections, a delight for connoisseurs. Exhibits include painting, woodcraft, sculpting and many more art forms. Here I must confess, other than photography my knowledge in art is limited, yet I lingered for hours in some of the galleries. They were exceptional! So regardless of your acumen/ interest it is definitely worth checking out!
Even if you are completely disinterested in art galleries, Santa Fe has something for you.
Art flows in veins of every Santa Fe-ian and no stone is left unturned when beauty is at stake. Houses are decorated, windows and doors are vibrantly colored and embellished using decorations. Each house looks inviting and every street is a living gallery. This culture of art, gives Santa Fe its unique vibe not found anywhere else. This makes a walk across the town especially fun, and something everyone can enjoy.
After meandering in random streets, we went to Loretto Chapel. It’s a small chapel, known for its miraculous spiral staircase built in the 1880’s.
The staircase is a remarkable feat of woodworking. It stands by itself without any central support or column and rises about 20 feet from the ground. It’s held together mostly by pegs and glue, without any nails or any other hardware. Creating a staircase like this is not just artistic but involves some serious arithmetic and engineering knowledge.
Santa Fe is a package deal. Busy streets, vibrantly decorated desert houses, art galleries and lots of spicy Mexican food. Like I said, the town is alive and photos can’t really convey that.
Our NM trip ended on a high note, just when I was thinking it can’t get any better than the White Sands. So, if you want to visit someplace off the popular lists, pick NM. You won’t be disappointed. For me, NM was a great discovery and I can’t wait to go back. If you are still not convinced, read my blogs again and check out the images 😉
If you want to know about other destinations, stay tuned for the next blog…