waiting


this pup 
was
 waiting
 outside
 a gallery
 on
 Canyon Road 
hoping to be bought 
and
 installed
 in a forever home 
he's bronze and life size

is a must see
 in 
Santa Fe
 there are galleries
 interspersed
 with
 old homes
 from 
one end of 
Paseo Paseo 
to the other

more

I know 
Monday's post
was
 a 
long
 long
 long
 post 
lots of words
 lots of pictures
 but 
not
really
 great pictures

pictures
 of the hotel
 the room 
some food
 some sights 

the real 'tamales'
 are over
 on the
 artsy blog
 however
 there are photos 
I took
 that
 arent so artsy
 arent so touristy
 they're just things
 that 
caught my eye
 maybe they'll catch your eye too 


 painted
glass door
panes 
in
  La Fonda's La Plazuela
we breakfasted there our last day in Santa Fe


stained glass window 
in the 
Loretto Chapel


 in Santa Fe
 art is everywhere
 that
 includes 
random solo or group musicians 
playing for change


 this star 
was hanging 
in the window of a shop,
 name of which is eluding me
 its plastic
it gives off lovely light


 can you guess 
what sort of establishment 
would have bright stools like this?

ice cream parlor 
of course!



 last 
but 
certainly not least 
are the characters 
young 
old 
and
 in between
 who populate the main plaza

I wish
 I'd been able 
to get
 a clear shot 
of the man sitting 
with
 the guy in fur 
 he was also quite the character

Santa Fe 
is a lot
 like 
NYC
 in that 
no one
 seems to think
 being unique 
is 
unusual
 and 
that
 my friends
 is 
a
 good 
thing

three

three
a trio
with
The Empire State Building in the middle
flanked 
by two smaller
 but 
still
 tall high rises
one is an apartment building 
the other might be an office building

water towers


this one
 is
 not
 pretty
 not at all 
and 
apparently
 its undergoing
 some sort
 of 
repair work 

it sits atop
 a high rise 
somewhere on the Upper Westside
 once again
 I've no idea 
where I was

  I am going to try to make notes
 so 
I remember

 yes

I know
 I've said that before  

sigh 

the vortex or paseo paseo


last
Wednesday
I flew from Newark to Atlanta to meet my friend Mary 
and 
connect to a flight to Albuquerque 
apparently ABQ is considered an international airport 
but
 you cant get there from here 
without
 a connection
 actually
 I think its better to have two short-ish flights
 than one really long one
okay moving along
when we picked up our rental car 
there was a shortage of compact cars
 to save time
 the agent 'borrowed' one from another company
apparently 
3 companies are owned by the same megacompany
 we got a Chevy 
oy and vey 
no pick up 
would be an 
understatement
nevertheless it got us where we wanted to go

We were driving along on 25
 (not sure if it was a route or an interstate) 
when we spied our first sign of New Mexico's
 'enchantment'
 a dust devil
 it was so weird
 alas 
no photo because
 (a) camera was still packed in carry on 
(b) we'd gotten some momentum up and didnt want to lose it

we did stop at Santa Domingo Pueblo 
where the local Indians sell crafts and tamales
I got some of both
and
 possibly
 a touch of the 'Santa Domingo Cleanse'
a distant relation of Montezuma's Revenge

The exit we were to take off 25 was closed for repairs
so we drove to the next exit 
where
 I believe 
we entered 
the 
vortex
every left was actually a right
every right actually a left
all roads
 seemed 
to lead to 
Paseo de Peralta
 (I renamed it Paseo Paseo because it kept repeating)
after some U turns we drove into Santa Fe

as soon as we drove past these
 I yelled 
STOP 
Mary did
 I hopped out to get my first shots


Santa Fe Railyards are now a hub for both the
Railrunner
and
Santa Fe Southern Railway
lots of shops 
restaurants 
and 
the weekend Farmer's Market

(this train photo is for Suldog)

this is our hotel
The Chimayo
on Washington Street


this is the lobby


this is the walkway to the little casitas and loft rooms


we had a loft room


 it had a sweet little terracita
(with two small tables and 6 chairs)


after we unpacked
we headed out to get the lay of the land
St Francis Cathedral


where we stopped to rest
as 
do many birds and flying insects
(I missed a great shot of a hummingbird because I was so astonished to see one I froze!)


after more walking window shopping we looked in on La Casa Sena
it looked so nice we did some more wandering before returning for some refreshing drinks and some delicious 'small bites'
(that's the vegetarian sampler)


While we were relaxing 
Mary leaned back 
thinking her chair was going to tip
 she grabbed the table
 it started to topple over 
I grabbed it on my end
 saving my camera and wine 
but
 her margarita went sloshing 
everywhere
 suddenly
 three men were there righting the table
 cleaning up the spill 
 laughing with us
 that's how we came to meet Richard and his two partners
and
 were invited to attend Thursday evening's Diva Night 

our plan for that evening 
(Wednesday) 
was
to drive out to the 
Opera House 
and
 get some sunset photos
 because
 those early clouds boded well for a colorful sunset


well, the best laid plans dont always work out
waiting for the sun to begin to set we decided to grab an hour's nap
no we didnt over sleep
we got up refreshed 
drove out to the Opera House and got lost
yup
turned around again
by the time
we got to the Opera House
 the gates were locked
the sky was black

back at the hotel 
I decided to call it a day
the bed was so inviting I quickly fell asleep
 but 
Mary was hungry so she went in search of food

Bright and sunny and cool 
that was how
 Thursday
 began
 with 
a large inexpensive delicious breakfast at 
The Burrito Co. 
(just 2 doors away from our hotel)


the light
 in 
Santa Fe
 is amazing
 I totally understand 
why
 it is a mecca for artists


we did a lot on Thursday
we shopped 
at 
Mira


bought amazing chocolate 
made from recipes hundreds of years old
at 
Kakawa




got to visit San Meridith's gallery 
 on West San Francisco
San is a blogger 
okay 
so she hasnt blogged
 in a while
 I think these are a good excuse
she used to do only abstracts now she's into sunsets


 I knew San wasnt going to be there
 because 
we emailed before I left NYC 
but
 I decided to stop by and peek in the window 
I got to do that 
and 
I got to meet her son Oakley
 who I felt as if I knew from San's blogging 



outside the gallery Mary spotted this license plate


we also browsed the Indian 'market' that is across from the main plaza


we wandered Canyon Roads many art galleries 





all before
 heading back to the hotel
 freshening up for 
Diva Night

that's me with Bella Gigantia (aka Richard)

after
 Diva Night 
which was such fun 
every one of the performers had Broadway quality voices 
we went to a park that overlooks the city
(at Oakley's recommendation)
and got the sunset shots we were after
then we decided to do a little driving 
we ended up
having dinner
tapas


the sunset


just to prove
 how 
enchanted
 this place is 
I got a moon shot! 
 Toonman said to title this 
Shine on Sliver Moon


Friday 
we breakfasted 
at 
did a little more shopping 
before 
heading back to Albuquerque 
and 
flying home


I spotted these tee shirts at a small shop just past Burrito Co.


here it is being modeled by Toonman



and
to wrap up the trip 
here's Kokopelli
go on 
say it
Kokopelli


I love Kokopelli
love saying Kokopelli

I took a lot of photos
 this recap
 in as short a form
 as I could manage
 check out 
for all the photos 
over the next week or two

I bet you need to stretch after all that
go ahead
I understand
thanks for wading through the verbosity!

foreshadowing


I'm back!

I had a fabulous time

I spent all day 
Saturday
 adjusting
 to being home 
and 
editing some photos

 I'll dish on Monday
 in the meantime
 I am sharing this photo
 taken as we drove into Santa Fe 
with

waiting


another shop dog
this one
 I think 
was 
with 
a shopper
his/her person 
was trying something on
 in a dressing room
 whilst
 this cute-y pie 
watched the other shoppers
at/in
Alice & Olivia's on Columbus

 ... wait ... 

maybe
 it was a security dog 

no, 
I am just kidding

If the stars were properly aligned
 my plane 
landed last nite
 very late 
so 
look for new photos
 from a live blogger 
vs 
post-ahead me
 tomorrow
or
maybe
Monday

three


hats on
 hats off
 I am
 still
 in 
Santa Fe 

likely 
I am not wearing a hat
  I might be photographing some
who knows

 you'll see what I saw soon!

water towers


this
 is 
one 
of
my
 favorite 
views 

I've shared other photos 
of this 
same perspective
this one 
taken in 
winter
might be my favorite

 as you read this
 I am
 winging
 my way 
to 
Santa Fe
 I'll be back
 this weekend 
with
 lots of photos
 and
 hopefully 
riveting
 blog 
verbosity

see you then!

stalking? you be the judge

good morning 
happy monday 
for me
 its going to be a short week
 I fly off 
on 
Wednesday 
to 
Santa Fe
 dont you wish you were me

 meanwhile 
its going to be a 
very busy 
2 days here at the office 
getting things tied up
 in 
neat knots
 hoping
 none 
unravel
 while I am photo hunting 

last week
 I 
'ran into' 
a fellow commuter 
 I dont know him
 but 
have seen him 
several times
several mornings
 waiting for the subway
 in the same spot
 I do 
we native New Yawkers
 who subway it 
(I do believe thats a transitory verb)
know
 just where to stand 
just where the doors open
 which car to ride in 
so you can walk off
 head out
 closest to where you need 
to 
end up

Times Square
 is my stop
the last car 
on the downtown train
 lets one out 
steps away 
from the steps 
up and out
 of the subway

 disgression again!

I stand in the same spot every morning
as does every other rider
 its sort of
 in our genes

 this man dresses casually 
he's trim
 but
 he sweats 
I know this because 
he carries in his back pocket 
a sort of 'nudgy'
 a Linus' blankie
 okay 
a small square piece of towel 
moping his balding head 
many times 
he also 
doesnt hold on 
when he's inside the train
 so when the train speeds up
 or
 takes a turn
 he often is thrown off balance
 falling
into 
whoever
 is nearby
 apologizing
 as he tries to regain
 what
 I call
 'subway stance'
 a way of standing
 balanced
 legs spread 
just the right amount apart 
to keep you on keel 
while still holding on 
just in case 

do I sound like a stalker?  
actually
 he fascinates me 
ever since
 I saw him chatting 
with 
a very well dressed woman
 while 
waiting for the train
 they both got on
 they'd been talking
 well
 he'd been talking 
she didnt seem to have much to say 
when we got to 72nd Street 
she told him she was getting off
 taking the express
 they said ta ta
her relief was evident 
at least to me

we got to Times Square
 and
 in that way
 that is so 
New York
 as our local pulled in
 so 
did the express
 she stepped off the express
 just as he stepped off the local 
I know 
I was right behind him

 Hey 
he said

 I must tell you
 her
 expression
 was
 not
 oh good I missed you
 it was
 oy he's back 

and
 yet
 they both walked off 
to the shuttle
 together 

making me 
wonder
 again
 how they come to know one another

shadows



go
 out and about
 have a wonderful 
sunshine filled 
memory making 
weekend
 .. 

happy father's day
 to all 
the 
dads
 and 
granddads 
out 
there



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