Last summer after I was informed I was going to get laid off, my family and I drove down to Santa Fe and Taos to use one of my six weeks of saved vacation that I had been saving for some silly reason instead of taking it. We went down there to relax, look at some art, eat good food, and basically relax for a little bit. The mission was accomplished, as I figured out what my next step was going to be.
Anyway, Santa Fe and Taos are really cool cities. Just hard to navigate around when you have a toddler in a stroller. The sidewalks are not stroller friendly. Anyway, there is art everywhere. There is food everywhere. There is culture everywhere. These are some of the images I took on this trip that aren't family related (though I have some of those that are really good too).
Santa Fe has a daily Artisan Market where local merchants can sell their goods. You could tell this bread was very fresh.
This church was built just after the Civil War ended. It is Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. It was very beautiful inside, as you can see below. That tapestry behind the alter was beautiful. Masses in this church are still held to this day.
Contrasting the church is a War Memorial dedicated to the large contingent of New Mexican National Guard who died while being forced to endure the Bataan Death March after the Japanese conquered the Philippines in World War II. The history of World War II is very important to me, and I had no idea that so many of the soldiers this Memorial is dedicated to were from New Mexico.
All in all, we spent four days in the company of our Southern neighbor. Two days in Santa Fe, and two in Taos. The majority of pictures were taken were of family, and thus off limits here. But if you're interested in getting a little culture, you can't go wrong with Northern New Mexico.