Just a few snaps from my most recent jaunt to a historical part of Albuquerque. Besides a nice visit for our visitors from out of town, it's always pleasant to pop in and see what's happening on the square where you can see the oldest church found in these parts. It has had a recent face lift and looks especially venerable against our sunny blue skies.
A quick look at the beautiful cool interior of this humble place in Albuquerque history.
Old Town is pretty understated. It's best to take a leisure saunter through. My departed mom-in-law, Jane, used to say it reminded her of Santa Fe in the old days before it had much notoriety. I especially like peeking through old gates off the square that are off limits.
But there are plenty of little nooks and alleys off the plaza that are open to everyone, with little shops to explore. Always something new. The old architecture is a treat all by itself. Old walls on a quiet afternoon in summer hold a delicious serenity. And I am often reminded of some old European village I have visited.
Beautiful gardens lie hidden away here and there. Do you know this plant? I haven't a clue.
But hollyhocks are present everywhere you go.
These pastel beauties are clustered on the small park square. High noon and my limited skills do not do them justice.
Lots of souvenir shops, but lots else too. I did a recent post on a great new tea shop. That link is here.
I was going to delete these washed out photos, but they give you an idea of what the heat and light really is like on a July day here. But popping into a bit of shade with the merest breeze makes all the difference.
I hope you're getting in some lazy afternoons too!