Santa Fe (New Mexico) shows up in a valley with her barely visible low ground colored houses. She welcomes us, almost like an open air museum, and full of cozy Christmas lights.
It only makes sense to feminize Santa Fe, as she has a pretty high female-to-male ratio of just 91.7 males for every 100 females. Vegas on the other hand, has about four men for every three women.
So all the single ladies looking for single men: try your odds in Vegas. And this time I’m not talking about the casinos.
There are some things you cannot not see when you’re in Santa Fe.
Once occupied by the Puebloans and then the Spanish, this ‘City Different’ is extremely rich in culture. It has the oldest house of the US, the oldest church of the US and the historic Canyon Road.
Santa Fe Plaza
Even if you’d try you couldn’t miss it, as it’s the heart and soul of the city. Although this little square looks nice, it’s not so much about the square itself, but more about its proximity to art, culture, history, shopping and food.
There are plenty of benches to sit and watch the world go by and listen to the occasional live music. Or just wander around the narrow streets and alleys to unexpectedly stumble upon some very photogenic buildings.
A so called ‘magical half-mile’ with over 80 galleries and many picture-worthy sights (that’s describing this whole city btw). Indigenous art. Western art. Contemporary art. Digital art. This historic arts district has something for everyone.
Although the art’s not necessarily my taste and window shopping might price-wise be the only option for most, it definitely makes for a nice stroll.
Attention art gallery lovers and street photographers: Santa Fe is the place to be.
TIP: If you ever feel like walking (a long way) – Santa Fe marks the end of the 19th century historic wagon trail that runs all the way from Missouri.
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