Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Santa Fe - Arrival Day

Oh, you didn't think I'd come to Santa Fe for Left Coast Crime and not include a few pictures ahead of time, did you? This is the city I've been waiting to see for ten years. Honest? I've been all over the U.S., but this is the only place I've never been that I've been wanting to visit. I left the cats and apartment in good hands, and came here a couple days early so I'd have time to see the city.

Before I even arrived, though, I had a fun time. It takes an hour on the shuttle from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The driver called out names before we got on, and when I sat down, the woman sitting next to me said I knew you looked familiar. I read your blog all the time. Grace Koshida is from Toronto, and she uses vacation to attend mystery conferences. So, we spent the entire hour happily talking mysteries, authors and conferences. Thanks, Grace! See you later this week.

I'm staying at La Fonda, the conference hotel. So, two pictures, one of the hotel, and one looking over the La Plazuela Restaurant. And, the hotel room is gorgeous, with artwork and woodwork even there.




I didn't have much time after checking in, but I did walk around a little to get my bearings. St. Francis Cathedral Basilica is across the street from La Fonda. Tomorrow, I'll get the chance to go in, and see the park there.



This is the Plaza. And, I'm my parents' daughter, sharing their love of history. The plaque marks the end of the Santa Fe Trail.






One final picture. My Mom and sisters know I have a fascination wjith doors and windows. Possibilities! So, here's a Santa Fe window.




Heading back to the room afterward, I ran into author Vicki Delany in the hallway. Vicki will be appearing for Authors @ The Teague next week. This week, we're both here to enjoy Santa Fe and Left Coast Crime.

10 comments:

Inside A Book said...

Have a great time in that fun city!! I love visiting there. You'll love the church too. I always think of Willa Cather and the book, Death Comes for the Arch Bishop everytime I'm there!

Enjoy...the food, the fun, the friends and the book talk!

Kay said...

Lesa, I'm so glad that you've been able to go to Left Coast Crime. Especially in Santa Fe. I hope you have a fabulous time. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! You deserve it.

Lesa said...

I am going to have a great time here. I'm heading to the Cathedral and the chapel this morning, and then I'm hitting shops. I'm going to enjoy all of it, Inside a Book!

Lesa said...

I'm glad I was able to get here, too, Kay. I've already been out walking a little this morning. Went to Tia Sophia for breakfast. I understand it's supposed to be warm, sunny & windy today. Much better than cold and windy. I'll be reporting back, probably in a day or two. I have plans for dinner with friends tonight.

Kris said...

How fun that you met a reader of your blog on the bus! I love the architecture of the hotel.

Lesa said...

I love everything about the hotel, Kris. Even the elevator doors are decorated. Having a wonderful time, and the conference doesn't start until tomorrow evening.

moonsword said...

I stayed at La Fonda several years ago...just delightful! Roamed the city and fell in love with it, all the artists and super friendly people. Thanks for the great photos!
Cheers!

SantaFeRed said...

You are staying at Santa Fe's most historic hotel, but if you take a walk down to Canyon Road, stop in at the corner of East Alameda and Paseo de Peralta to say hello at the Inn on the Alameda! We have a "Santa Fe Travel By the Book" package we created for book lovers http://www.innonthealameda.com/packages/santa-fe-travel-by-the-book.html that includes some great Santa Fe references for book lovers! This former Buckeye says Santa Fe is IT - a place to live that has 300+ days of sunshine, which certainly beats Ohio weather!

SantaFeRed said...

And if you can, make a beeline for Atrisco (another outpost of the Tia Sophia family), our current favorite for green chile and all foods New Mexican - he used to manage the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, so his sources are terrific! In fact, if you're here on Saturday morning, get thee hence to the Farmers' Market itself! Lots of fun stuff to be had and seen. Enjoy your stay in our City Different!

Lesa said...

Oh, SantaFeRed! You're right. 300+ days of sunshine definitely beats Ohio weather. I have until 1 PM tomorrow. I'll have to stop in and see if you're there! Thanks!