Saturday, April 9, 2022

Photo Impressions of Santa Fe, New Mexico

My favored city in North America with 325 Days of Sunshine - even in Winter: Santa Fe! 

Almost all the buildings are entirely in the unique Adobe style.  No building is higher than three stories, and there are no high-rises at all throughout the city.  Something totally different from other cities in  North America! 

I had the pleasure to not only visit Santa Fe several times but also to see how locals live in residential homes.  Santa Fe lies 7,200 ft high and has 325 sunshine days a year.  Every private home I saw had skylights to use the natural light in every room.  Even in winter, the air is warm during the day, and in summer it is pleasant due to the dry environment.

It is amazing to see how many types of Chiles are offered in grocery stores.

Did I mention that Santa Fe has great skiing close to downtown?  United and American Airlines fly into Santa Fe

One could assume that all people in Santa Fe are artists or artisans...

Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza. 

Chamisa: the Perfect Flowering Shrub for Xeriscaping
Also called Rabbitbrush, it is fast-growing, reaching maturity in 2 to 4 years, and has a lifespan of 5 to 20 years.  Hardiness zones are 5 to 11 - from Canada to Northern Mexico in dry areas.

Adobe-style homes have projecting wooden roof beams (vigas) extending through walls and typically have large wood components, like heavy doors, ceiling beams, and porch posts.  Earth-based materials, like sun-dried mud, clay, and straw, make the bricks to construct the exterior walls of traditional Adobe homes.

True: New Mexico is a land of enchantment!

Chile decorations are seen everywhere

Besides skiing, visiting all the history and art museums, 
go world-class shopping and dining, spend an evening at the old movie theatre!

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