I was recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico, celebrating my uncle’s birthday with my mother. We all love Santa Fe- and who couldn’t? The beautiful cohesion and harmony of color and shape in that place is ever pleasing to the eye- and life feels a little slower there. I shot quite a few photos, so I’ll split them into two posts to spread out the loveliness.

This particular group of photos all come from one road. This is Canyon Road- which, if you know Santa Fe, you know is the best place to find art. The road is lined on both sides with gallery after gallery of fine art and lots of lovely flowers! You have to walk for lack of parking, but it is a lovely experience! There are also several trails that run off into the canyon for those more nature inspired. It takes a whole day!

These bushy yellow flowers were so soft! I had to keep myself from laying my face against their bright petals because they were also full of bees! Yikes! See the little guy in the photo? =)

Due to the adobe architecture, all the bright colored window shutters and doors in Santa Fe really pop! I love the texture of the mud next to the worn-down wood. Yummy!

This tea house 3/4 of the way up Canyon Road was a life-saver! After all that walking uphill and all that art- a body needs a break! This cafe is a little pricey, but it’s great! I had bagel lox with a green salad, and a delicious spiced chai.

This place did not mess around with tea. I haven’t run into many places with multiple chai recipes, or several genmai or kuki-cha options. I was most certainly impressed!

The inside of the cafe was decorated with a hand-crafted chic, with bunting flags, branches, and cute paintings like these birds here and there. The bathroom was a full-on Italian countryside!

My mother always told me she was an Arizona lizard- loving nothing more than to sit in a sunny spot and soak up the sun. Who can argue when the windows are as satisfying as these?

More Santa Fe later!