Santa Fe has more artists, silversmiths and SW jewelry than any other area I've ever seen. It could take weeks to visit the numerous artist studios, jewelry stores and SW clothing shops. The number of museums in the area are numerous also. We spent most of the day walking around the area. I had always pictured this area as smaller, less populated and less touristy, but I was in for a surprise. It was a large area with lots of tourists and lots to see.
This is the Plaza, a park like square in the middle of town. Surrounding this are shops, museums and artists studios. At one end you can see a stand selling fajitas.
One one side is the Palace of the Governors where Navajos sit on the walkway selling their jewelry.
The museums in the area are built in the adobe style. Notice the guy on the bicycle with his dog in the back. Cute.
This bronze statue is in Burro Alley.
I love the name of this shop---Yippee Yi Yo. It's next to the Five and Dime Store.
More bronze statues and art work.
I love this old street (Palace Ave). The shops are small with the beautiful turquoise painted doors and windows. This is more of what I envisioned in Santa Fe. We ate at The Shed a SW (what else) restaurant on this street.