New Mexico: Santa Fe : New Mexico's capital ,sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It is renown for it's Pueblo - style architecture and as a creative art hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610 it has at it's heart the traditional Plaza. The surrounding historic district's crocked streets wind past adobe Landmarks including the " Palace of the Governors " now part of the " New Mexico History Museum" This museum sends you on a voyage through 400 years of New Mexico history. start with the Ancestral Pueblo people towards Fred Harvey and the Harvey girls. among the museums artifacts are , maps , photographs , and paintings. " Santa Fe Indian Market " Taking place during the second week in August. The market has been running for 94 years and is the largest cultural event in the southwest . Over a thousand Native artists come to Santa Fe to display their works in a week long celebration of Native arts and crafts. " Museum Hill " Santa Fe is a celebrated mecca for museum lovers,but with more than a dozen museums scattered across the city it's hard to see them all in a day or two or 3 . that's why Museum Hill is the perfect place to begin. Situated on a picturesque hill east of down town, Museum Hill offers a stunning view. 4 museums can be found up here . the " Museum of Indian Arts and Culture" , the " Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian" , the " Museum of Spanish Colonial Art " , and the renowned " Museum of International Folk Art " This museum has the largest collection of international folk art in the world. The collections are divided by geographical regions. In the Girard Wing this museum houses a collection of 106,000 toys from around the world. outside there is a labyrinth cafes and the fragrant pathways of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden , all on the same Hill. " Loretto Chapel " small pretty chapel build for a convent to bring nuns to educate young woman and girls. the chapel houses a incredible free standing spiral staircase build without nails and considered by some a miracle. " Santa Fe Opera " Located 7 miles noth of Santa Fe the open air opera house showcases world premiers and classic and contemporary works. Put on your best gown or dress casual for the long standing tradition of pre show tail gating , in the parking lot . For a more formal affair enjoy the Preview Buffet's. " El Rancho de Las Golandrinas " Located 10 minutes south of Santa Fe this place is a living history museum, located on a former Spanish ranch dating back to 1710. This 200acre facility has 33 historic buildings some moved here from other locations . History interpreters provide demonstrations of every day life. " Burning Zozobra " Setting a 50 foot marionette on fire rids Santa Fe of Doom and Gloom. The burning of Zozobra happens the Friday before Labor day and is quite a spectacle . " Ethyl the Whale " this sculpture of a life sized blue wale is made of hand- recycled plastic trash. " Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi " The cathedral is just east of the central Plaza and is one of Santa Fe's most striking landmarks . Construction was began in 1869 with the help of French stone masons and Italian stone cutters. Financial problems thwarted the completion . the building is missing the 2 160 foot steeples. " Haiku Pathway " A serene garden path lined with 36 Haiku stamped into clay stones. Now for some interesting food places: " Kakawa Chocolate House " This place sells and makes exquisite hand made Chocolates, rich drinking chocolate elixiers and home made ice cream All you chocolate lovers just HAVE to go to this place. " Jamba Café " diverse flavors from Africa Arabia and India used to make an effusive style. with spices from around the world and the owners deep roots in Africa and inspiration from Europe. " Second Street Brewery " beer , Beer and more Beer and high gastro pub cuisine . La Lecheria " Ice cream made without stabilizers or preservatives unusual flavors like sweet corn or green chili are offered through out the year. Santa Fe School of Cooking you can experience Santa Fe's rich culinary traditions and learn from a master how to cook . ok enough for today , I could write 10 pages just about this amazing city, but I need at least 3 hours of sleep .