Sunday, August 12, 2007

The City Different

Santa Fe. City of the Holy Faith. The City Different. Future home.

The city of Santa Fe sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 7,000 feet elevation.

The population is approximately 72,000. 48% are Hispanic and 47% Anglo and 3% Native American.
Albuquerque is 60 miles away, Eldorado 9.5 miles, and Lamy 14 miles.

Santa Fe has a temperate climate…warm in the summer, cold in the winter. Humidity tends to be lower than the U.S. average. Santa Fe gets about 10 inches of snow a year and about 14 inches of rain per year.

Santa Fe has one major hospital, St. Vincent’s. The closest large airport is the Sunport in Albuquerque.

Those are the statistics. Here are the intangibles:

Many people consider Santa Fe to be very pricey, tourist-y, pretentious, artsy crafty. I don’t pay a lot of attention to that stuff.

I find the city to be completely charming. I love the adobe architecture, especially the Plaza/downtown area which is so delightful and alluring and so full of history. This is an ancient place … and the aura of uniqueness and blended cultures hangs in the air.

And maybe the best part of Santa Fe … the food! The New Mexican cuisine is at its very best here.

I have favorite places in Santa Fe: the Palace of the Governors, the Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the State Capitol Building (the Roundhouse), La Choza, Maria’s, and Jackalope.

The one thing I have learned through the years … I have not seen everything there is to see, so there is much much more to explore!

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