Santa Fe Part #2

Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
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Trip End Mar 29, 2009


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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Santa Fe is supposed to be very upscale and exclusive, but I found it to be very open and inviting.  The city is filled with artist studios and boutiques selling one-of-a-kind arts and crafts ($$$$) along with exclusive spas and "treatment" salons which is probably why it has this reputation.  The city has a design ordnance that requires all public buildings to be built in the adobe/pueblo style.  This has created an entire city of pueblo buildings that is unique in the Southwest.

I stopped in the New Mexico Museum of Art and got a great introduction into the Southwest school of art.  I've always liked this style and I saw some of the greats on display.  The museum was having an exhibition on Gustav Bauman who was a famous artist known for his woodblock prints of Southwest scenes.

Right down the street from the MNMoA is the Georgia O'keefe Museum.  Georgia was one of the best known artists of here generation and this is the best collection of her unique works.  Most people are familiar with her late mature style with the bones and flowers, but it was nice to see her earlier works and how she developed.

The city center is a walking persons town and was very lively.  As with most Spanish colonial towns, there was a central plaza where everyone congregated and lots of artisans hawking wares on the street.  I haven't done too well about checking out the local cuisine as I'm not into the whole Chile thing, but I did have some great scallops dusted in Ancho spices at the "Ore House on the Plaza", tasty!

Well, I've decided I will check out Taos after all, but just a morning city trip and pass on the slopes for now (my legs are still burning from Santa Fe!). 

Until tomorrow...

~JQ
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