Albuquerque is a city I’d long wanted to visit, yet had never managed to find airfare at a reasonable price. In fact, every time I searched from San Francisco, it would be upward of $500! Ludicrous.
When our drive across country for the big move took us through New Mexico, I made a case for stopping over in Albuquerque for two nights. Actually, I didn’t have to make much of a case; as it goes with traveling with me, I often tell SVV, “we’re going [here] for [this amount of time]” and he shrugs and says it sounds good to him. Plus, I found a killer deal on hotel rooms via Jetsetter, so it wouldn’t cost us a whole lot of extra money for a detour either.
On our one full day there, I was up and ready to go, but SVV was under the weather so he and Ella stayed at the hotel while I went out on my own self-guided photo tour of Old Town.
While I love having my husband and pup with me for entertainment, I’m also just as content to explore a city on my own with my camera for company.
I was lucky that it wasn’t too hot—just in the low- to mid-90’s; enough to dampen my clothes but not knock the wind out of my sails—so it was a pretty pleasant day for wandering about on foot.
I parked in front of the Albuquerque Museum on a whim (there was free and easy street parking) and became entranced by the sculpture garden out front. I have confessed before that I’m not a museum fan, but the outside of the Albuquerque Museum was so beautiful and intriguing, I decided to go inside. It was my lucky day because admission happened to be free.
After killing an hour inside the museum, I continued on into the Old Town, going in the church and staying out of the shops (I’m not big on turquoise, and while there are a lot of home accents I would have loved to purchase, I haven’t a house for furnishing at the moment).
The truth is since my days in Arizona, I’ve been a sucker for all things Western.
I dig the warm Earth tones, I find the adobe design intensely charming, and I love the little kokopelli men that decorate the landscape.
I realize my morning in the Old Town was but a brief snapshot of a much larger, truly unique place, but it did its duty: It left me wanting more and also to return to Albuquerque real bad.