It was Indian Market in Santa Fe today. We only remembered that after we were half way there on a whim to try a new (to us) restaurant. But it was the eleventh hour as we rode into town late in the afternoon on the last day of the festival. That meant the crowds wouldn't be as crazy as they otherwise might. We enjoy stopping at The French Pastry Shop for dessert and coffee at the La Fonda Hotel when we're here. The entrance is pictured here with the St. Francis Cathedral in the background.
The Catherdral is one of the French things, having been designed by French architects and decorated with beautiful stained glass windows imported from France.
Then there's the pastry.
A lot of the modern businesses in Santa Fe are housed in historic buildings which retain a lot of the old features like this old tin ceiling in an icecream shop on the square.
But we aren't here for the endless wares offered at the festival. Instead we always duck into our favorite quiet spot just northwest of the center action at Sena Plaza.
Just a few steps off the street, the tiny plaza has more shops, and the lovely La Casa Sena Restaurant with an open air cafe area surrounding a gorgeous marble fountain.
The ancient buildings, and peaceful garden instantly transport you to another place and time.
I love the European flavor of this tiny courtyard tucked away from the rest of the world.
Birds were feasting on this beautiful berry tree in the garden. Anybody know what it is?
Could this not be France?
My favorite shop POEM is located in the plaza courtyard too. Not much Santa Fe style here. But tons of wonderful Frenchy stuff!
And lots more! Thanks to Sandi Webb, the shop owner, for permission to share a few pictures with you.
All in all a wonderful Sunday afternoon jaunt.
Hope you had a great weekend too!