As I said in Part I, Santa Fe has a plaza in the middle of town, and we found ourselves gravitating towards it quite often. It was so nice to feel crisp autumn air and smell freshly roasted kettle corn at the same time. . . .
Then there were the autumn leaves.
Just off the plaza, we found this church:
I came back later and shot this close-up when the sun was setting:
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886.
Kateri Tekakwitha was the first North American Indian to be beatified, and was canonized in October 2012. The statue was created by Estella Loretto, a sculptor from the nearby Jemez Pueblo. I think she looks so beautiful against the blue sky and gold leaves.
When we got to Santa Fe, we were told that the birch trees had lost their leaves. I was happy to find these against the wall of an old adobe church.
The New Mexico Museum of Art. We also visited the Georgia 0’Keefe museum and I found it a bit disappointing. I expected to see a lot of her work and the collection was much smaller than anticipated. I have been terribly spoiled by the National Gallery of Art.
Not far from the plaza, another adobe house. I think the landscaping is perfect for this place.
An area I really liked was the Prince Plaza which housed this restaurant:
Almost every time we walked by The Shed, there were lots of people milling around, so it was hard to take photos. I did manage to get these shots:
Halloween was just around the corner.
This was in the same courtyard.
I caught another view through a jewelry store.
More shops and galleries:
Hope you’re enjoying the colors as much as we did.