Historic Santa Fe

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
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Trip End Oct 26, 2010


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Casa Adore 329 Otero Street, Santa Fe

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Friday, October 1, 2010

We enjoyed our morning coffee with the van door wide open to the blue sky and warm air when a gentleman stopped by and introduced himself. He had driven in last evening in a Eurovan and noticed our almost identical vehicle. We chatted for a bit and learned that he is from Quebec and had driven down to visit Utah's Parks and was now heading home following Route 66 to St. Louis and then on to Chicago, hoping to arrive home in time for his wife's birthday in November, nice fellow we wished him safe travels and prepared to move on into Santa Fe.

As we neared Santa Fe Nancy called the homeowner and learned that our home, Casa Adore, for the next few days was ready early so when we arrived in Santa Fe at noon we were able to check in and get settled right away. http://www.colorfulsantafe.com/adore.html
 
 
It was only a three block walk to the central plaza where we had a bite of lunch, dining at La Casa Sena, a lovely courtyard with large old trees and a few umbrellas for shade. http://www.lacasasena.com/SenaPlaza.html

The menu was mouthwatering and Nancy selected a poblano chile relleno stuffed with saffron quinoa, yellow squash, zucchini, crimini mushrooms, asadero cheese, and red chile sauce and George a grilled basil-pesto chicken sandwich with roasted poblano and bell pepper, asadero cheese, tomato, chipotle chile mayonnaise, grilled onions on focaccia bread and potato salad perfectly complemented with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

As we waited for our meal the wind began to blow, the sky darkened and a rumble of thunder was heard in the distance.  The patio began to clear of people, wait staff began putting away chair cushions and we wondered whether we should find shelter or wait for our meal.  Finally our waiter offered us another table either inside or under a larger canopy, as rain appeared imminent.  We quickly moved and the wind continued but the dark menacing clouds produced but a sprinkling of rain.

We throughly enjoyed our lunch and then waddled back out into the plaza to explore.  Both of us are quite enamored with the architecture and colors of Santa Fe.  The city is surrounded by majestic mountains with gentle slopes that resemble the soft curves of adobe walls and that combined with the natural color palette all lends an air of gentleness and grace to the city. 

 

We retreated to Casa Adore until sunset.  The sky looked promising so we walked a few blocs to Fort Marcy Park that sits atop a hill not far from the house with a wonderful view to the west, perfect for sunset and it was a colorful sunset – we had not brought our cameras.  
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