There is a road in Santa Fe that has museums on either side, as well as the botanical garden I shared in a previous post. You can see what there is if you click here.
It is 12.15 p.m. and we have just left the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Its history can be found here. After taking a few photos I suddenly thought I should have asked the lady at the front desk if it was okay. Sadly no photos allowed inside but I understood perfectly. I apologized and said I should have asked when I first came in. She was very very gracious telling me that there was a sign but it was a small one and hard to notice. I could take photos outside however. No photos of the inside but by following the links you can get a good idea of what it was like. The artifacts collected were magnificent!
The last place I like to visit on my way out is the gift shop. The lady behind the counter was talking to another customer about Opera and they were discussing Susan Graham, the Mezzo-Soprano who was performing in The Grand Duchess of Garolstein in Santa Fe. The gentleman she was speaking with told her that his son had a small singing role and they were visiting to see him perform. Susan Graham was born in New Mexico but raised in Texas and I have seen her perform at our local movie theater when the New York Met have televised live.
When the gentleman had left and I gave her my purchases, I told her how much I enjoyed those live performances and that started off another conversation as she told me that with the altitude, many of the opera singers who perform in Santa Fe have difficulty singing. The opera house keeps oxygen back stage for the performers who are affected. When I told Gregg this we thought this might explain why we have been feeling extra tired and a bit heady. Santa Fe is 7,199 feet above sea level. I think for some it takes a while getting used to. We have been fine ever since.
From this museum we walked next door to the Museum of Indian Art and Culture. Their link can be found here.
Again we weren't able to take photos inside but what we saw in the sculpture garden captured our attention. From the nearby marker I read that the statue above is called "Songs of the Past by Allan Houser, Warm Springs Apache. Bronze 1993. From the private collection of TIA"
This one read "Kiva Priest by Robert Dale Tsosie, 2003 - Picuris/Navajo - Indiana Limestone - Purchase through Arnold and Doris Roland Purchase Fund."
The mother and child above is shown as "Transcendence, 2007 - Tami Garcia - Santa Clara Pueblo - Bronze - Edition of 12 - Loaned by Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico."
Another mother and child sculpture, "Doug Hyde (Nez Pierce/Assiniboin/Chippewa) - Shared Knowledge - 1986 - Bedford Indiana Limestone - Purchase through New Mexico Arts Division Art in Public Places Program."
Gregg is standing in front of Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer by Craig Dan Goseyun - 1995 - San Carlos Apache - Bronze - Courtesy of Sam and Ethel Ballen. I will be sharing more of this magnificent statue later.
Unfortunately I don't have any information about this statue. I usually take photos of markers but missed it somehow.
At the suggestion of the lady in the first museum we visited, we had lunch at the restaurant here, as she said it would be very difficult to find a place to eat in town that day. We both had salads which were very good and shared a piece of blueberry custard pie. Sorry, forgot to take those pictures. After lunch we had a wonderful walk around. The sculptures outside were very interesting. Inside was just as fascinating.
The photo of this cute little dog was taken in Santa Fe.
We had tried to get a room in town earlier but there is a famous yearly Indian Market going on that attracts thousands of people. You can click here to see what it is all about. We took a drive through downtown and it was busy, busy, busy but very interesting. It was a great driving tour as we were in so much traffic we were at a crawl and were able to take everything in. We both agreed that we will enjoy coming back here one day and staying for a few days. Here are a few of the photos taken from the car.
Beautiful children dancing in traditional clothing.
Wonderful adobe buildings.
I would have enjoyed taking some of these home with me.
And that was it for our trip to Santa Fe, and here we are on the road again heading to Albuquerque (New Mexico).
We drove on and reached our hotel at 3.48 p.m. We again slept like a couple of logs that night.