Did you know that we have the oldest capitol city in the USA? yep.
Our day in Santa Fe started with meeting some friends at the Santa Fe Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures in several of the stops...the Opera was one of them. It was fascinating though. So much goes on backstage--costume sewing/beading/fitting/creating, prop fabricating, musical practice/coaching, wig making, stage settings, lighting, and strict time management in order for everything to run together smoothly.
Afterwards we went to a french bakery that a dear friend works at, Clafoutis.
Following the Croque Madame (a grilled ham and gruyere cheese topped with a fried egg), we headed down town to the Plaza and The Palace of the Governors and an authentic print shoppe (still operating! apparently if you are there around Christmas you can make cards yourself).
Native American silver and turquoise and other semi-precious stone jewelry for sale spread out on blankets (these vendors line most of the plaza!)
a strange little door cut into huge double doors.
the boys and Judith
baskets of petunias hanging on the street lights of downtown
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
the mysterious staircase (no nails, no middle support, unidentifiable wood, nameless carpenter, and originally no railing....until the nuns complained...lolol)
New Mexican art, what can I say?