Even though it was grey and cold, we were ready to take a look around Santa Fe on Friday. We had such high expectations…..
Not a good thing as it turned out…..
The first problem was finding a place to park near the Plaza. We found street parking spaces easy enough, but since we take up two spots at a $1.00 per hour, it wasn't our first choice. Things only got worse when we found a parking lot with RV Parking close by, only to learn that it would be $4.00 per hour to park there. Sheesh.
Ok - here's my rant. I cannot figure out WHY cities charge for parking - particularly in the downtown. We come, we park and we spend money. But not if we can't find parking …. ideally for free. LOVED that about a few towns we have been in - namely Breckenridge. Two hours free parking - perfect.
Since we also wanted to visit the Railyard district, we figured we would try there and walk back. More pay parking, so we went even further to what looked like a free spot and parked. Fingers crossed that we weren't missing something and would find a ticket upon our return.
Really like the architecture theme of the Railyards. The planners and architects went the right way with the warehouse/industrial design - a break from the pueblos.
Hmmmm - although we love our craft beer and this one would be a good one to try - 10 am or so it just a tad too early.
Love the old trains - riding down in the bottom looks cozy.
Even better - this is the Rail Runner Express taking you to Albuquerque and back.
The train station and visitor center.
The Railyard area of Santa Fe looks to be our kind of place - edgy and funky - however, today it was quiet and cold. I'm sure during the summer months when the Saturday farmer's and artisan market is in full swing it is a great place to hang out.
We continued on to the Plaza. It was about a 15 minute walk.
Again - still a bit early but we went up to take a look - yup - not open yet - we'll come back.
The famous Santa Fe Plaza. It's been almost 20 years since I was last here.
Also 20 years since I took a picture of this Church.
St. Francis - also the Patron Saint of Animals.
The oldest part of the Church - sorry - forgot to write the date down.
Too bad the stained glass circle above doesn't show because it is beautiful - you can see it a little better with the reflection in the Baptismal.
Yup - cold.
By this time it was nearly lunch and we were cold - so back to the Blue Corn Brewery to have some of that green chili stew we saw on the menu.
Very good although a bit hot for me - a side of sour cream helped that out perfectly.
Ronny was our server - great guy and very helpful. Too bad I missed getting a picture of him. Although it was still early for Derek and I we decided that we couldn't miss out on the BCB flight.
We enjoyed the selection because - again - we aren't really up for hoppy beer. BCB was nice and smooth. Of course, the stout was our favourite.
Thanks again Ronny for the great service!
With that we decided that our tour of downtown Santa Fe was complete.
In a store window on our walk back to the Railyard.
A few more building shots of the Railyards since we came back to it from a different direction.
Oh sure - we could have wandered over to Canyon Road and we could have taken more time to look around the shops and museums, but we just really weren't into it. In comparison to the previous few days with our tours of Madrid and Albuquerque, Santa Fe just seemed to lack something. I'll call it a soul. It's all shiny and such but it lacks some personality. Just our take on this day.
I'm sure it's a great place if you want to shop.
Since we wanted to be in Santa Fe Saturday afternoon for Santa Fe Brewery's release of their Irish Ale we only had about 24 hours to kill.
We decided on a road trip. Which turned out to be quite the craft beer road trip. It was fun!
Meanwhile, I am slowly getting caught up on the posts. We are way ahead - spending the night here in Alamogordo. We've had a crazy few days that involved S N O W. Yuk!
We might be off the map for a few days since we are headed to a State Park for a bit of luxury. Not sure if they will have wifi there or not.
The Wood Clan had a super fun day today - it involved two words - white and sand.
All for me tonight.
This is our second post of the night by the way - the funky town of Madrid was the first - scroll down or you can check for it in the archives.
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