On Friday I had a chance to go to old town Albuquerque. We had an international student stay with us last week, so I wanted to show her the sights. Founded in 1706 it is quite charming. Spanish settlers organized the center in the traditional Spanish colonial way: with a central plaza anchored by a church. This is San Felipe de Neri church, built in 1793.
There are shops all around the plaza shaded by pergolas like this one.
What makes Old Town so fun are the little shops hidden in sideways like this one.
Here is the plaza in the center. On the weekends there will be bands playing life music and children dancing.
New Mexico is all about manana. Life is slower here.
Here you can see the blending of cultures in this area. Native Americans side by side with Spanish settlers and poeple of Mexican origin. This is reflected in the stores, museums, and performances in old town. When you get here on the right day you see a Native American dancer performing on the street.
Found this water well in one of the side passages.
Here is my 2 year old, Natasha.
The building still look very much like when they were built centuries ago.
This is me and Natasha cooling off with a smoothie. It was quite hot.
Hope you enjoyed it. Come visit us sometime.
Have a wonderful day,