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We were planning our next move, which had been determined in part by the fact that Bree was asking for an oil change and that there is a large Camping World store in Albuquerque - which incidentally allows overnight parking, a bonus indeed. Since we wanted to avail ourselves of a free night we didn't want to arrive in time for the job to be done on Wednesday, hence the "Let's drive into..." Those of you who have been blog regulars know that if its one thing I hate its driving through large towns in the bus...let alone stopping...parking etc. We have avoided such foolishness like the plague. Being the dutiful wife I agreed to look at the map, yes it seeeemed OK there was a car park with dedicated RV parking it was right near the old town, perfect. So with sweaty palms and a dry throat (me not Malc, who was unusually calm) we found said car park. There was just one little hitch; instead of oversize spaces big enough to accommodate 50' of vehicle there were only normal spaces, charged at $1 per half hour. We took up 7 spaces in all!! Maybe not such a good idea. Slowly pulling out of the car park we spotted another RV parked on the road, fortunately there was space for us around the corner. I have to say Malc did a superb job parking all 50' of us expertly.
Well, we were now right in the downtown area, not only the oldest part, but also the museum quarter. I have to admit that we gave them a miss, sometimes you can just be all 'museumed' out.
Downtown Albuquerque was well worth all the tribulation, the old town plaza, surrounded with adobe buildings and with the inevitable old church had a lovely relaxed feel, or was that just me that had relaxed?