After lunch we drove into the old town and took a little trolley tour of the area to cover what we hadn't seen before. It was pleasant and took us to some areas we overlooked.
|We visited a few churches, each very different. this one had a simple quiet beauty|
|This carved stone altar screen from the early 1700's was in the church above. Quite a surprise for us.|
|In another chapel, the Loretto Chapel, we marveled at this staircase, with no visible support. It is called the "Miracle Staircase". I don't know about that, but it certainly was amazing!|
|A large red maple tree decorated with rosaries was at the entrance to the Loretta Chapel|
As I mentioned before, this is a city where art is everywhere. Not all is for sale, we were impressed by the variety of public art displayed for the enjoyment of all
|a fountain in park next to the Basilica of St. Francis of Assesi|
|I'm not sure which was more interesting, the sculpture or its shadow!|
These two pictures are of an installation called Santa Fe Current. They are huge granite fish swimming in a river of gravel....
|The contrast between the stone figures and the cascading bits of fabric was interesting to me|
|this kinetic sculpture was one of many at the Farmer's Market|
Tomorrow we're planning on taking an hour's drive north to see the ancient cliff dwellings at Bandolier National Monument. I've heard that much has been damaged by a fairly recent fire, so I hope we can still hike the ruins. If we can get our act together before noon that is! This travel stuff is tiring.