Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Friday, May 25, 2012

Santa Fe

Today, we thought we would check out Santa Fe.  We decided to take the Roadrunner Express, the train that runs between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

It costs $9 a person for a round trip and takes about 1 1/2 hours one way, but not this morning.  We were probably about 15 miles from Santa Fe when all of a sudden the train stopped.  The conductor came on the speakers saying they were going to have to restart the engines and that would take about 10 minutes.  More than 10 minutes passed, and then the lights and air went off.  The conductor said it was a momentary delay, but we were pretty sure it was more than that.  It was, a little later we were told another train was coming to get us.  Another train came and pushed us to the next station outside of downtown Santa Fe.  We then had to get off that train and get on another train to finish the trip.  We left Albuquerque at 9:35 and arrived in Santa Fe at 1:00.  Being from Texas, we don't have a whole lot of experience with mass transportation, but this trip made me never want to do it again.

We did have a nice lunch at Blue Corn Cafe and then proceeded to the square.

We weren't expecting the green and the flowers.  It was very peaceful.  We walked over to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis.

We found out later there were supposed to be spires on each side, but the church ran out of money before they were able to build them. It is still a beautiful church inside and out.

We also went to the Loretto Chapel.

This church has a neat history and also has a beautiful staircase with two 360 degree turns with no visible signs of support.  You can read more about it at http://www.lorettochapel.com/history.html

We were also able to take a shuttle tour through the city and see some of the highlights.  We then took the train back to Albuquerque at 5:00.  This time we made it back without incident.  It turned out to be a pretty good day after the morning's frustration.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating about the chapel and staircase. I clicked to the links and read all about them.