travel souvenirs — part 9


I purchased this clay pot during an extended stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the summer of 1991. What do I remember about Santa Fe?

expansive, wide-open spaces... The beautiful landscapes of New Mexico are a recurring theme in the paintings of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and Santa Fe is the home of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. I was struck by the epic views just driving the highways, especially the sight of a storm rolling in. The vast horizons of the American West engaged my imagination.

Southwestern cuisine... There's a huge difference between the Mexican food typically encountered at chain restaurants versus the authentic local cuisine available in Santa Fe. I so enjoyed my meal at Santa Fe Bar & Grill, a very casual strip mall restaurant, that we kept going back.

Native American culture... It goes far beyond the turquoise jewelry you'll find in shops everywhere. Visit the archeological sites. Listen to the storytelling of Joe Hayes who appears weekly during the summer at the Wheelwright Museum (at least he did pre-Covid). And visit a craft show — I purchased the handmade clay pot (pictured above) at the San Juan Pueblo.

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