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Santa Fe Blog: Haunted Santa Fe

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM
Santa Fe Blog

My photos of haunted Santa Fe can be seen here. Go to the menu and choose "Haunted Santa Fe". I may be adding more original photos, as soon as the spirit moves me....

Haunted Santa Fe, ghosts of Santa Fe, visiting santa fe, spirit orbs of santa fe new mexico

Art of Santa Fe

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 9:24 AM
Art of Santa Fe

Real art, not the con-temporary con-artistry that Site Santa Fe and other entities here show, the bad crafts copycats who make a mockery of art. You won't see pieces of William Morris wrapping paper defiled with spray paint, or squares of painted metal, or blank fields of color. No, Art of Santa Fe features painters.

Firebugs in the State of Drunkenness: 4th of July's Relentless Abusers Endangering Pets

Posted on July 6, 2008 at 9:38 AM
Santa Fe Blog: Pets Terrorized, Institutionalized Terror

One might reasonably think that a town like Santa Fe, which constantly boasts about its kindness to animals, would outlaw private fireworks--miniature bombs and firecrackers that are set off by the partying public night and day for weeks before the 4th of July, and weeks afterward. Terrified pets, who apparently have more sense than some humans, escape vicinities where the bombs are being set off, and end up on the loose till they are picked up by animal control or hit by cars (driven by the same drunks who can't stop lighting firecrackers and bombs). Why, in Albuquerque on the morning of July 5th, the animal shelter was "filled to the rafters", according to one of their representatives, with dogs and cats who had escaped the siege and gotten lost.

UPDATE: It IS ILLEGAL to set off fireworks in the city of Santa Fe, though it is rarely enforced. The police force here is over matched, slow to respond, and sometimes leaves the public to fend for themselves.

Imagine a state where drinking is already a huge problem (which is why New Mexico is referred to by some as "The State of Drunkenness") allowing firebugs to operate in this fashion. It's dangerous out there!

Santa Fe Blog

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 11:23 PM
It is tourist season in Santa Fe. Here is a cautionary video on hotels:
Hotel Hazards

I recommended Hotel Santa Fe on this blog some moons ago. I've just read that they now "welcome dogs". With all the other plagues in today's hotels, do we really need another source of pestilence and pathogens? If this concerns you, and it ought to, it's a good idea to ask about whether or not a place accepts animals when researching potential hospitality.

The video linked above gives some advice on how to protect yourself from germs in hotels.

Yes, and If He Keeps that up, Coss is OUT of a JOB!

Posted on June 21, 2008 at 8:54 PM
Businesses are suffering so much from the bum problem (panhandlers masquerading as "buskers") clogging up the streets with their dogs and excrement, rubbing dung on shop-windows, aggressing passersby, and endangering employees, that it is doubtful whether or not this ineffectual cad is going to be given another chance to ruin downtown Santa Fe. Isn't it bad enough that the one policeman on the Plaza, Cecil,  is always on a toot, and doesn't give a hoot? If you doubt the veracity of the statement about small businesses being imperiled, just go speak to Bernadette at 1st National Bank of Santa Fe. She will tell you how the businesses are organizing to combat the daily threats wrought by the mayor and council.

Santa Fe Blog

Posted on June 21, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Bravo, Ron Trujillo of Santa Fe City Council, for cutting the wi-fi wimps with their phantom allergies down to size (see latest topic in La Tablilla). We can't cater to every sicko who moves here from New York with insane demands. That's Mayor Coss' job!

Santa Fe Blog

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 1:22 PM
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Arroyo Seco Gallery Santa Fe

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Visite Santa F? y Espa?a

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 10:23 AM
Visit Santa Fe and Spain. You can find the page on the top menu here at Spanish Santa Fe II. There I will have information and links about Spain and Santa Fe, New Mexico and their common cultural influences. For example, La Conquistadora involves historic Santa Fe. Then there is Tom?s Lozano, author, folklorist and musician who writes about the Spanish connection and heritage of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the American southwest.
Look in often; I shall be submitting material on a regular basis.

Much?simas gracias,


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Traveling to Visit Santa Fe? TravellingTips for Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 9:27 AM
 You are in for a treat visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you are planning to fly here, landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a pleasant experience, because the Sunport is one of the cleanest airports in the U.S. Santa Fe Municipal Airport is very small, expensive to use, and has few flights incoming, but it is worth investigating. It is a one-hour car drive to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, and the scenery will acquaint you with where you are. You will barely notice the increase in altitude on the way here. I recommend renting a car at Albuquerque airport, though if you are staying at a hotel located on The Plaza in the center of Santa Fe, it is not really necessary. Taxi-cabs exist here, but one must phone to hire them. To see more than just the center of Santa Fe, or to stay at the historic El Rey just a few blocks from there, a car may be desirable, though it is still possible to get along without the burden of your own wheels. Driving in Santa Fe is somewhat of a challenge, and so is downtown parking. There is an airport shuttle service, Sandia Shuttle (named after the mountain range between Santa Fe and Albuquerque) that is quite good, stopping at hotels in town. Locals board the shuttle at Hotel Santa Fe, a charming, reasonably-priced, top-shelf inn owned by local Indian tribe, the Picuris Pueblo (yes, they often call themselves Indians here, so don't worry about remembering to say "Native American" all the time, though that is absolutely correct--in general, though, I prefer the term, "the tribes"). Prices of a room-for-two start at $166 per night. The Hotel Santa Fe's  "Hacienda" rooms are higher-priced (circa $250 per night) and have butler service. Hotel Santa Fe has a real Indian tee pee in their courtyard, and a very sweet French restaurant manager named Sophie. The hospitality at Hotel Santa Fe is very comforting and sincere. The staff will guide you to local attractions, and the hotel has its own car service--look for the distinctive Hotel Santa Fe purple PT Cruisers. Local legend Ronald Roybal plays Native American flute and drums in the restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights. From Hotel Santa Fe, it is a pleasant walk to the Capitol building (known locally as the "Merry" Roundhouse), The Plaza, and the new art gallery complex, The Railyard. The nearby El Dorado Hotel has a Texas-sized lounge with a variety of live music. If you do rent (hire) a car, I recommend visiting El Rancho de las Golondrinas, which is fifteen miles south of Santa Fe. It is a living history museum located on 200 acres. At Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows), one can learn and see how people lived when New Mexico was part of colonial Spain.

The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assissi is at the top of San Francisco Street in downtown Santa Fe (Plaza area). The site is a beautiful landmark (see my page, "Fotos de Santa Fe).
Near the cathedral, on San Francisco St., is the hi
storic La Fonda Hotel. Directly across from the La Fonda is the fantastic, ultra-popular O'Farrell Hat Shop, where you can buy ready-made cowboy gear, traditional Santa Fe fashions, and have a custom hat made. The shop also features Santa Fe Sticks, locally handcrafted canes and walking sticks custom-made of exotic hardwoods. O'Farrell Custom Hat Shop has expert hatmakers on-site, and is popular with international and Hollywood celebrities who spend time in Santa Fe; the list of luminaries who have had their heads outfitted at O'Farrell Hats is impressive. It's a real adventure visiting the shop--a must-see emporium that caters to serious hat wearers and headwear aficionados from all walks of life. Of course--this being Santa Fe, New Mexico--O'Farrell specializes in cowboy hats, but will make the style of hat you prefer. Scott O'Farrell and staff have a large selection of ready-made western hats and gear, and are experts in getting you outfitted properly. A visit to O'Farrell Santa Fe is necessary if you are going to experience this historic town.

More facts and fallacies about visiting Santa Fe are found by reading the many pages of this web-site, Spanish Santa Fe. I will be adding information as I have time.
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The Santa Fe Web-Log is Now THE Santa Fe Blog

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM
Formerly known as the Santa Fe Web-Log, this page is now known as THE Santa Fe Blog

Santa Fe Architecture

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 4:03 PM

The Santa Fe Rock Painter

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 1:45 PM
Speaking of rock art, besides petroglyphs in Santa Fe, there is a fabulous artist:

The Rock Painter

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Petroglyphs of Santa Fe County

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 12:47 PM
Ancient petroglyphs by Native Americans can be visited near the Santa Fe Airport.
See my photographs, accessible from the menu on Spanish Santa Fe II's front page,  of yesterday's Sunday outing, during which we climbed up the rock  promontory to view the petroglyphs. The ancient rock art in Santa Fe, done by the native Americans is mysterious and enlightening at the same time. Click the large link below to see them:

Santa Fe Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs and Rock Art of New Mexico, pictographs Santa Fe, New Mesico

Rock Art Santa Fe

Cloud Cliff Bakery is CLOSED!

Posted on April 27, 2008 at 12:43 PM
While I've never been a patron of the place, it's disturbing to read the reasons why Cloud Cliff in Santa Fe has closed. The article appeared in today's Albuquerque Journal.
The City of Santa Fe has an extremely high minimum wage, and the cost of wheat is soaring.
Scary, that!

Red or Green?

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 1:02 AM

Welcome to Spanish Santa Fe Blog

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 2:40 PM

 I'll be posting bulletins here, and interesting general information. Thanks for visiting!