I have three destinations today but the majority of the day will be spent at one of them. It is such a short drive from Santa Fe to Taos I thought I might get through these three stops pretty quickly and have time to explore other areas and I did find one more stop in Taos. At this point it was time to find a hotel for the night…a one night stay so I wanted some place with a restaurant included…
My first stop was a church in Santa Fe…The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. I walked around the outside of the property for a bit, went inside through the back and was in there for a long time before going out the front and walking around the rest of the property. This spot is beautiful and whether you are religious or spiritual or not, this spot is worth the time and attention. I do apologize…I left these images full size so that you could see the true beauty of the inside as well as the outside of the church.
Time to leave Santa Fe and move onto Taos…here are a few pictures taken on the drive to Taos…
Stops in Taos…Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and San Francisco de Asis Church. I realized when trying to post images of my planned church stop and unplanned church stop in Taos I did mixed pictures of the two churches into each folder. Because I can not clearly remember where each image goes I decided to post all here…my apologies for my poor memory! I hope I do not offend members of the churches by not being able to recall!
Last and favorite stop before I checked into my hotel of choice for the night…yes, I have picked it out already. I had stopped here prior to arriving at my unplanned church stop because it is on the way into town but there is no way you can come to this area without stopping at the Rio Grande River Gorge, bridge, and park. The colors of the earth meeting the colors of the sky…feeds my heart and soul! And the smell of the lilacs growing around the parking lot was heavenly!
After being here about 2 hours I decided it was time to head to the hotel…it is a Hilton but it is part of their Tapestry Collection. I had not stayed at one before and I was curious. It is late May and tourist season has started but I found the rate to be acceptable and fit in my planned budget so I had booked the Hotel Don Fernando de Taos with a restaurant included! I will only be here for the night so I will enjoy every second of it. One thing I did not notice when I checked in but it was the first thing I noticed when I was leaving…barbed wire on top of the fence between this hotel property and the neighboring hotel property…bad blood between the two hotels?? Strange! The price of my stay here was about what you would expect to pay to stay at maybe a Super 8 or Best Western…more a motel than hotel price. What I did not notice was that it was considered a 2 star hotel…I thought it very elegant for 2 stars.
I have no set destination or list for tomorrows travels. I just know I am heading in an easterly direction…north or south doesn’t matter…only easterly. Be sure to come back to see where I end up. Have you seen a post a friend might enjoy? Invite them to come along for the journey or send them a link!
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It is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and come back with a richer, fuller understanding of America – in all its beauty, in all its dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principles. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
…I have been to all the other states (except North Dakota but I will make it there) including Alaska & Hawaii! I agree with DDE…every citizen should visit every area of their country to see the differences and what you have in common!