Our next stop on our USA trip was New Mexico. We knew absolutely nothing about this state and were very much surprised at what it had to offer. Through our guide book we decided that our first stop should be arty and colorful Santa Fe, which turned out to be a very good choice indeed.

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Santa Fe is a magnet for artists and tourists alike and one of its famous streets is Canyon Road where there are numerous glorious galleries.

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Many display outdoor art works.

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It’s one of the oldest streets in one of the oldest cities in the US and it is an absolute joy to walk around.

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The town centre has many special shops too. This was one of the more upscale shops where I was surprised to see a Dutch brand Pauw listed among such great designers as Issey Miyake and Dries van Noten. I’m sure Greetje and Anja will be amazed!

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The shop where I actually ended up buying stuff was In Transit (10 W. San Francisco St. Santa Fe). A really funky leather shop where they sold the most exquisite bags, shoes and multiple other accessories.

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An example of a great casual travel look. Really liking those shoes!

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Hat shops could be found everywhere. Very tempted to buy myself a cowboy hat, but they are just too impractical to pack!

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We also explored Santa Fe’s native river the Rio Grande and did some wild water rafting, but do not yet have any pictures of that. I may add these later…

After Santa Fe, we traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico’s most populous city. We took the turquoise trail, a scenic route between the 2 cities. Here is just one of the rock formations you will come across.

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One of the highlights is the pueblo Madrid that features many traditional houses and lovely galleries and cafes, like this one where we treated ourselves to apple pie.

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The place was full of little knick-knacks and it had the most amazing laid-back atmosphere with Bob Dylan playing in the background.

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In Albuquerque we continued our history trail and having just read Truman’s biography who made the decision to drop the atomic bomb we decided to explore the museum devoted to this issue. Of course the place where the Manhattan Project took place (code name for the atom bomb project in 1942) Los Alamos is not far from Santa Fe and there are still many nuclear scientists in the area.

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In the afternoon we took the cable car up the Sandias Mountains where you get spectacular views of the whole area. From here it is clearly visible that this area is essentially a desert, with only the golf courses being very green.

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The view at the back of the mountain is especially beautiful.

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I already showed you my outfit of the day…

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Adios New Mexico. May we meet again. I thoroughly enjoyed you!

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