Santa Fe, is the State Capital of New Mexico.
On arriving very early, I explored the surrounding area …. I was hungry and as the Hotel had no restaurant and it was very much out of the town center … I explored the area, noting the adobe construction of many of the buildings which I found attractive, they were in harmony with the landscape. I found that the closest place to eat was a Thai Vegan Restaurant …details are here
Actually I went there a couple of times …. The food was good and the service attentive.
I had just one night at the Hotel and then I checked into my AirBNB accommodation, which was close to the Rail Depot, quite near to the city centre.
My leg was sore after only cutting off the leg cast a couple of days before, so I slowly explored the area.
During my time in Santa Fe, I went to the following restaurants –
Paddy Rawal’s Raaga Fine Indian Dining, had a great Chicken Korma at reasonable prices … Tripadvisor Review here Joshua’s Restaurant (Fine Dining) was fairly close to where I was staying… but was not memorable. But I did speak to someone (an English woman) who actually been to Cyprus, where I currently live. The Cowgirl BBQ (a Western Theme Bar) and next door, website here The Kohnami Restaurant Japanese (also Takeaway), website here – on the opposite side of the road was the “Whole Hog” Cafe & Takeaway.. website here
Most was good value and had reasonably attentive staff.
The architecture is varied and shows several influences, the original pueblo-style adobe construction is found in buildings that date to the Spanish Colonial and Mexican periods … there is also a “Territorial style” which has features that include brick surrounds for doors and windows with lintels over both the windows and doors.
The late 19th and early 20th century brought Queen Anne houses designs ( link here ) as well as Arts and Crafts bungalows.
There was a Pueblo revival period following.
Walking through the business area was quite a revelation for arts and crafts, including jewellery, a wonderful selection of Indian art and crafts. In the Plaza, the one below caught my eye …
Santa Fe was clean and easily accessible, by foot ….
Here above, a photo of the Santa Fe river park, the footbridge traverses the Santa Fe river which flows into the Rio Grande.
Santa Fe is a very spread out town, hence I tried the Cities Bus system. I learned how limited the city’s public transit system could be. Buses all go to the Santa Fe downtown, with few going further out into the suburbs and a very few operating in the evening or the weekends.
I found that few side roads had foot paths, hence walking anywhere would mean walking on the road, which is made for cars not people. For any major distances to see specific landmarks, creative Art centres, exhibitions or historical landmarks, I used Uber, which I used throughout my visit to the USA, I fortunately met a lot of nice people.
As is usual in the places I visited (except for Durham, North Carolina), the public system of transport is limited, for transport is based around cars. Buses are for those who don’t have cars, or perhaps cannot afford cars … the transport system in Santa Fe is fairly limited and limiting.
Santa Fe, is well serviced by providing promotional material, for tours in the area, brochures and magazines on Art and crafts and the Historical and interesting features of the area.
I was there in June 2017 … and I could still see snow on the Rocky Mountains from Santa Fe … which is at a altitude of approximately 2,194 meters or 7200 feet.
At this altitude, my breathing was fine …. although I once drove over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado .. and as we climbed to 14,000 feet, I had a major headache, due to the lower air pressure, the only thing that helped me recover at the time was Gatorade.
On a number of occasions, when meeting new people, many said that they were new to Santa Fe … they had come to retire, there for work or to just try their luck.
The next day, I was early up for the RoadRunner to travel to Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico.