Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Great Day in Santa Fe

We took a day trip from Albuquerque to Santa Fe on Saturday.  We rode the Rail Runner which is the 'new' commuter/tourist train that goes from Santa Fe to Albuquerque.  It cost $7 for a round trip ticket which is a bargain for the 55 mile one-way ride.

The morning was cool and brisk but other than that it was  a nice day.  We waited with about 40 other people to board at a stop near the Rio Grande not far from downtown.
The train was about 40 minutes late, but we didn't mind.  We picked out some seats up top in one of the cars and enjoyed the ride.
We went through some Indian reservations and saw some areas we hadn't see before.
At times the tracks were near I-25 which is the main highway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Once we got to Santa Fe we wandered around and found the Santa Fe Society of Artists Art Show a couple of blocks off the Plaza.
Next we went to lunch at the Blue Corn Cafe.  Nothing like a Tamale Combination Plate for lunch!
After that we went over to the Plaza and looked at the Indian jewelry on display in front of the Palace of the Governors.
Construction of the Palace began in 1610 with Pedro de Peralta.  Today it is now part of the New Mexico State History Museum.
We wandered down the street past historic La Fonda Hotel and then to St. Francis of Assisi Church.  Construction was started on it in 1851 by Jean Baptiste Lamy (later Bishop Lamy).
 We paused for a group photo in the park near the church.
 It was a fun day and though a bit cool, it was a nice day for a day trip.
Our trip back to Albuquerque took about 90 minutes and we arrived about 6:00 PM.  

Thanks for stopping by the Roadrunner Chronicles today.  Until next time...


  1. It was great to see more pics of old town Santa Fe. It brought back some great memories of the 2 days we spent there last year.

    I remember seeing that train as we drove from Albuquerque to Santa Fe but never even thought about taking it! Maybe next time!

  2. It's been a long time since we were in Sante Fe...but we loved it. I wonder if you got to the Sisters of Loretto Church, where they have a hand made spiral staircase to the choir loft...with no sign on any support on it...amazing.McGuvyer was blown away, as was I...

  3. It's been a long time since we were in Albuquerque and Santa Fe...your post makes us ready to go! What a neat way to go on the Rail Runner! Thanks for sharing.

  4. the Roadrunner 'couple' taking a ride on the 'Rail Runner' fitting!...what a great way to spend the day!!..thanks for letting us tag along with you all!!

  5. Haven't been to New Mexico yet ... all these recent posts from those who have been or are there now make me realize we have to put it way up there on our places to visit.

  6. Thanks for the tour. That train ride is a real bargain!

  7. Sounds like you had a great day. The train ride looks like a beautiful trip at a great price. Love the church.

    Kevin and Ruth

  8. those great blue skies look wonderful! Loved seeing Santa Fe again, it has been a long time. Good to catch up with you.