Santa Fe in Summer
Last month we went to New Mexico and headed straight for Santa Fe. We were looking for inspiration… and authentic New Mexican cuisine!!
Pasqual’s has long been a favorite breakfast place just off of the Santa Fe Square.
There is always a line outside for a table at Pasqual’s, the joint is small and tight… we were pleased to get such a great window seat up above the crowd. Great people watching to accompany great food!
But, besides eating, we were in Santa Fe to shop!
We headed for the Square, not for the many tourists shops, but for the Native American Indians who line the sidewalks with their handmade wares. Indian Market is a wonderful time to go to Santa Fe and meet the makers!
We were very happy to walk into Malouf on the Plaza and smack dab into our dear friend, Artie Yellowhorse, a featured artist!
Leaving the Square we headed for our favorite store, anywhere, Double Take Back at the Ranch!!
Probably the largest selection of vintage western, anywhere. They even had a sweet 60s era Turk suit we nearly brought home… until we saw the price tag!
Hundreds of used cowboy boots line the back wall and we were mesmerized!
We did, however, find a Cinderella fit… these cuties are now lining my closet wall!
After shopping our way around Santa Fe, we headed for the weavers of Chimayo!
It is wonderful to see this age old craft still going strong in the area whose name has become synonymous with the weavings done here.
Seeing the process from start to finish gives you a true appreciation for this tradition.
After the yarns have been dyed and dried, they will make their way onto the loom.
Once off of the loom, these weavings are done in a myriad of designs and sizes. These are the famous Chimayo rugs.
Our last outing took us to the sacred site of El Santuario de Chimayo.
Wonderful stone arch crosses at El Santuario.
Beautiful sights are everywhere on property.
The annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo happens on or near Good Friday. Some walk hundreds of miles, some are barefoot for the journey, and some carry crosses then left on the El Santuario grounds.
The faithful come to this sacred site to access the “healing dirt” of the Santuario. In the back of the main sanctuary, a small stone room reveals a hole filled with very fine sand. This sand is considered a miracle, for no matter how much you may dig, the hole never empties, and never gets deeper.
Although this “miracle” has been disproven, it doesn’t explain the miracles performed as can be witnessed by the crutches left behind by the healed.
Lastly, we went chile tasting!
We had such a fun time tasting the different chile spices, each with a pistachio for flavor, the shell used as a scoop. Watch out for the female chile’s, HOT!
Leaving Chimayo we spotted this private chapel on a hill surrounded by ocotillo fence. Such a serene desert scene. Goodbye New Mexico, until we meet again!