The Southwest Chief arrived right on time in Lamy and the van was there to pick me up for the half-hour drive to Santa Fe and my hotel.

My friend Janet lives just a few blocks from the old Plaza and within a few
hours of my arrival, she’s taking me on a driving and walking tour. We cruised around the historic buildings, including the state capital, Palace of the Governors and the narrow streets of old Santa Fe.

We walked through the historic La Fonda Hotel, built by the Fred Harvey company for the Santa Fe Railroad back in the day, then up to Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, where there was a service going on. We walked up the old covered sidewalks. It was wonderful in the chill, night air. I didn’t take my camera along; hey, I was on vacation and I’m a professional photographer, among other things.

The galleries looked beautiful but will have to wait until another visit, as will visiting the open-air Indian crafts market that lives under the arcades near the cathedral.

Janet lives in a century-old adobe duplex in a neighborhood near downtown that’s under revival. When I visited she was still remodeling her unit and living in the downstairs second unit. A beautiful, unique home.

Also visited with her friend, Alan, who lives nearby in a restored adobe. He’s on the board of the Santa Fe Opera and took us on Tuesday night to a great dialogue with the Opera’s Eric Moore, the production technical director. It was fascinating hearing how they build and manage the sets in the repertory format the opera uses each summer.

More to come.


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