Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?

Yeah, I know that’s not how the song goes, but it was stuck in my head all week. So there, now it’s stuck in yours. Ha!

Sorry for the lag in posting. Internet accessibility hasn’t been great the past few days so I’m a little behind.

I picked up Jared on Wednesday and got up to Vail early enough to hit up the pool. I texted him this picture so he’d know where to find me:

I convinced Jared to throw on his suit and join me, and we ended up ordering lunch and eating it poolside. It was a nice way to ease into the vacation portion of our vacation, and to catch up after being apart for a week.

We had about a 6 hour drive to Santa Fe, but it was pretty much a straight shot down from Vail via highway 285 – which was incidentally also a gorgeous drive. We arrived energized from all the beautiful scenery and unpacked in the super cute casita that we’d rented for 2 nights. It was (as you’ll see) adorable and within walking distance of the main town square, and we were instantly charmed. Here’s a photo bomb of all the adorable touches. Seriously, we felt like we were on our honeymoon again!

this was the shower!

The best part though, was the bedroom that led out into a private garden. The whole place was so inviting and relaxing that we would have been fine just hanging out there for two days and not doing anything.

The first night we stuffed our faces with awesome Mexican food from Maria’s, and sampled a few of their 100+ margaritas. Divine.

The second day was kind of a wash for me because I went all over town trying to find a replacement charger for my camera battery (while Jared caught up on some work), convinced that I had left it in Denver. I got home with said replacement 3 hours later, only to remember where I had packed the original charger in the first place. Sigh. At least the replacement was returnable, and we had a nice lunch out in our garden followed by a bike ride into town to explore a bit.

When we got back from our bike ride we changed for dinner and walked back into town in time to catch the sunset from the rooftop of the La Fonda Hotel – with margaritas, of course.

On the way to the hotel I made Jared pose with this metal chicken, reminiscent of the famous Beyoncé (seriously, follow that link, you will not regret it). Her cousin, perhaps?

handsome man at sunset

…made handsomer by the presence of margaritas

ready to drink said margaritas

looking towards the main plaza

going…

going…

gone.

After happy hour we walked around a bit and then had a scrumptious dinner at Il Piatto, followed by a visit to an awesome dive-y bar recommended to us by our waiter, that had good music and cheap drinks (a winning combination).

this is foreshadowing for the next post…

Palace of the Governors

the plaza

dinner

The next day we packed up for a short drive to Williams, Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon…and that’s where all the fun began. But that’s for next time…

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Bird’s Eye View

Last week after we went to see the crèche, we walked up the hill to the Château park above Nice. The sun was about an hour from setting so we had some beautiful light for photos (and by now my love of sunset photos has been well documented).

The Château is the site of the former citadel and literally has many layers of history: there is an excavation project underway to unearth some Roman ruins that were recently discovered near the playground.

the way up

Jared and I were thisclose to climbing the "Tour Eiffel"

found artifacts on display

dog in a sweater!

The best thing about the Château is that you get views of both the port on the east side and Vieux Nice to the west.

Le Port

famous paintings depicting Nice are placed all over town

Nice and the mountains

The next best thing about the park is the series of waterfalls at the top of the hill. When we first arrived and it was really windy, the water was blowing everywhere, so we knew to hold out for a calm day.

The waterfalls overlook the beautiful western views of Vieux Nice and the sunset:

La Grande Roue of Terror

On the way back down, we briefly walked through the grand cemetery that is also up on the hill. The tombs were beautiful but pictures weren’t allowed. I still took some, but out of respect I’ll keep them to myself.