Santa Fe, Part I

According to Wikipedia, the city of Santa Fe was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates between 1050 to 1150. One of the earliest known settlements in what today is downtown Santa Fe came sometime after 900. A Native American group built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west; the village was called Ogapoge.

Before visiting Santa Fe, I did not know it was the oldest capital city in the U.S.
We flew into Albuquerque, then headed straight for Santa Fe. One treat for me was that they were experiencing a true autumn, something I missed this year. The main plaza in the middle of town had trees turning golden-yellow and red. . . .

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By an ordinance passed in 1957, new and rebuilt buildings, especially those in designated historic districts, must exhibit a Spanish Territorial or Pueblo style of architecture, with flat roofs and other features suggestive of the area’s traditional adobe construction.

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Another home like the one I posted on Friday.

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This building came before the ordinance.

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Same with this restaurant.

There are shops and galleries all over the place:

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Does this display epitomize autumn or what?

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There are touches of blue throughout Santa Fe. The French blue of the doors above, or turqouise like the jewelry sold on the Plaza:

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Even the centennial license plate. You’ll be seeing more of this color in my upcoming posts.

Hope your week’s going well so far . . . .

{carole}

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10 Responses to Santa Fe, Part I

  1. Beautiful place. I have a yen to visit Santa Fe….

  2. I hadn’t realized that Santa Fe experiences such a colorful autumn.
    The adobe style buildings are great. I’m glad they kept up with that tradition.

    • I didn’t either, Jackie. They actually get snow in the winter. What I really loved was seeing all the fireplaces going in the shops. Even our hotel breakfast room had a fire burning.

  3. Caroline says:

    What a picturesque place. Thanks for an exciting tour. I couldn’t even pick a favourite shot.
    I wonder what happened to autumn this year. We didn’t get any of those colours. I wonder what it depends on.

    • You’re very welcome. Glad you liked the photos, Caroline.
      When I lived back East, we had beautiful autumns almost every year, unless it turned cold suddenly or heavy rain knocked off all the leaves. Maybe autumn is late in Switzerland this year?

  4. Candia says:

    Love that turquoise colour on the doors etc

  5. TBM says:

    Oh this makes me miss it. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

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