Saturday, January 03, 2009

Out West

Dar above the Rio Grande, previous trip to New Mexico.
Photo by Jack
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n Christmas Eve we landed in Albuquerque. Our private shuttle whisked us to our hotel and, after we settled in, on to Old Town (click). There we saw the lovely luminaria (click) and partook of the festivities, wandered into the 300 year old church, San Felipe, and had a New Mexican dinner.

On Christmas Day we drove in our rented Ford to Santa Fe. The drive was easy and gorgeous through the snow-covered landscape of New Mexico. We arrived at the Inn of the Tourquoise Bear, once the home of Witter Bynner, poet and friend of D.H. Lawrence.
Highlights of our stay in Santa Fe include hearing Maureen McGovern's singing songs of change (John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan...) at the lovely Lensic Theatre. We also made the dramatic drive to Taos, taking the low road up and the breath taking High Road back.
We had some excellent dinners in Santa Fe. Here are a few of the places we ate and liked:

Old House (Christmas Dinner)
The Shed (with Katie and Bobby)
Los Mayas (New Year's Eve)
The Pink Adobe (actually the Dragon Bar. Fab Fried Chicken)
San Francisco Street Bar & Grill for lunch

and in Taos:
Apple Tree (for mango chicken enchiladas-- Yum!)

Another transcendent moment was when I visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
An exhibit about her changing identity explored her move from New York to Santa Fe and her various relationships. Photos and paintings from around the country added to the permanent collection.

See the next entry below for our photos...


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