Inn on the Alameda

Inn on the Alameda

We arrived Wednesday without luggage because of a delay in our plane leaving Vancouver and a short time to get to our next flight in Sante Fe.  We arrived at the hotel at 9:30 pm.  All the restaurants were closing and we hadn’t eaten since having lunch in Vancouver at 11:30.  The very nice bartender at the Inn on Alameda gave us all the cheese and bread left over from the wine and cheese and two big glasses of wine on the house and carried it to our rooms for us.

Stores on one of the main streets

Stores on one of the main streets

Our clothes arrived late afternoon on Thursday but of course we had done some shopping Thursday morning.  We walked a lot and I found out later why I was puffing, seek other than being out of shape.  We are 7, information pills 000 feet above sea level and the air is very dry, viagra order so dry that you feel like you need to drink water all the time.

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All the buildings here are shorter than five stories and all brown or beige (mandated).  We learned a lot about the history yesterday.  Sante Fe is the second oldest town in the US.  (The oldest is in Florida).  I was founded by the Spaniards the same time that Quebec City was founded by the French and Richmond, Virginia by the British in 1607.  Spain brought in some French priests from a nearby Mission who then went about building a French looking catholic church. A palace of the governors was built by the Indians in their style with adobe bricks and it still exists today as a museum but it housed the government for hundreds of years with some breaks.  After ruling about 80 years the Pueblo Indians who now had horses were able to travel and communicate with the nomadic tribes because they all now spoke Spanish got together and 4,000 of them stormed the palace and drove out the Spanish.  They killed 23 priests and about 400 people, lived in the palace, and ruled for 13 years till the Spanish came back and made a deal.  They would no longer have to give up their own religions they could follow both.  The Mexicans won a war with the Spanish later and then America fought Mexico for New Mexico.  New Mexico didn’t become a state till the late 1940’s, one of the last three.

The Museum of New Mexico Art

The Museum of New Mexico Art

We’re here on an art tour – about 9 of us.  Other than my cousin and I the rest are from Toronto, some affiliated with the Ontario College of Art and Design, having been students there.  We went to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum today and the Museum of New Mexico Art.  Many of the painters fell in love with the landscape and the colours, forsaking the big cities of New York and Chicago.  The weather is very clear, clear blue sky and warm in the day and cold at night – desert weather.

View from window at Pasquale's

View from window at Pasquale’s

We’ve had some great food too.  Yesterday, at Pasquales Restaurant, I had a BLT with homemade cornbread, chili infused bacon and green chili mixed with the mayonnaise, along with a kale salad with lemon dressing.  For dinner I had lamb and a delicious spinach pastry.  Today for lunch I had something like pulled pork with a burrito and some beans, similar to Mexican food, but a little bit different.  It had too much sauce over everything for me.

Tomorrow it’s contemporary art.