Santa Fe, New Mexico is a jewel of a holiday location. The city is full of history, fabulous architecture, great restaurants, amazing shopping and outstanding people watching. Here are a few shots from my last visit. The first six photos show the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, visible from the main plaza. The plaza marks one end of the Santa Fe trail, a 19th century transportation route between Santa Fe and Franklin, Missouri. It was originally an international trade route between Mexico and the United States. I like to imagine the plaza full of wagons and horses instead of cars and tourists. Either way it’s a great place to see.
The Cafe Plaza Bakery has great sandwiches, incredible desserts, and a Hagen-Daz counter that runs the length of the café. For a poor Canadian forced to exist on the limited Hagen-Daz flavor selections available at the grocery store – this is close to nirvana. Notice I said close. Nirvana isn’t on the plaza.