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Santa Fe recently celebrated its 400th anniversary. One of the oldest cities...

Some views as we walked around the plaza area.




Loretto Chapel



The famous spiral staircase.

No support structure other than the stairway itself.

Photo showing the original installation without the banisters.

View of the front of the chapel.

Rear of the chapel.

There are many Native American vendors around the plaza selling jewelry etc....

Chili Ristras are for sale at many of the shops.

View of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.



The very large brass doors of the cathedral

View looking toward the front of the cathedral.

View toward the rear.

Beautiful stained glass windows along both sides.

Altar area.

Good advice!


Small chapel to one side of the main cathedral has some very...


Cathedral Park next to the church.

Our lunch stop today.


This plaque is on the building next to Tia Sophia.

The Performing Arts Center

Vendor cooking beef and chicken for fajitas.

The aroma attacted many customers!

Some views of the plaza.

Beautiful fall colors.


Native American vendors at the Palace of the Governors.

Another view of the Palace of the Governors.

Once inside the museum no photography was allowed.

(Ron Writing) This morning we drove to the Santa Fe Place (mall), parked our rig in the huge lot, and took the city bus about 5 miles to the old part of town. It dropped us off about a block from the plaza where we spent the day. There’s much to see in this area with so much history. The plaza area has been the center of the city’s business and cultural life since the early 1600’s.

Santa Fe is home to very many artists and art galleries that it might take weeks to see them all. We walked through a couple and were amazed at the beauty and quality of the many types of art. If a person was a serious shopper I think it would be awfully difficult to decide what to purchase!

We spent most of our time touring some of the interesting landmarks. First we toured the Loretto Chapel with its famous double spiral staircase. The staircase has no supports at either the center or the outside of the stairs!

Next we toured the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. This congregation was first established in 1610 when its first church was built. The present church was built in 1886.

By this time we were hungry for some good spicy New Mexican style food. Our bus driver suggested Tia Sophia’s – it’s a real favorite of the local people. He said that it’s about the only restaurant left in town that’s owned and operated by one of the long-time resident families. It turns out that this is the same restaurant we’ve eaten at both of the previous times we’ve been here in Santa Fe. Once again we had a great meal.

After lunch we toured the New Mexico History Museum. AAA rates it a gem and we agree. The museum occupies the old “Palace of the Governors” right on the plaza. There is also a newer wing with much of the more modern history. By the time we toured most of the museum we were about worn out so we walked back to the bus stop for our ride back “home”.

The weather was perfect again – no wind, clear sky, and temperatures in the low 70’s.

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