Day 13: Santa Fe to Albuquerque

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A little lay in and then we all had breakfast at the Inn.  We walked back into old town past many coloured doors.

Lots of people selling near-identical things along the road outside the Palace of the Governors (the Palace was built in 1610).

The city of Santa Fe, founded by Spanish colonists in 1610, is the oldest city in the state and the oldest state capital city in the United States
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe,_New_Mexico
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The highlight of the day was the first good cup of coffee I've had in America this trip.  A TINY store (cupboard) called the 'Holy Spirit Espresso'.  It was definitely a sign.

Moved by the Spirit of Good Coffee we went to the Catholic church.  It was every bit as kitschy as you'd expect it to be.

Santa Fe, as with a lot of New Mexico towns are full of Sugar Skulls.  I do like a good Sugar Skull.

We'd left the car back at the hotel after check out, so we wandered our way back as we had to drop Jules at the airport at 430pm.

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On the way to Santa Fe, we'd seen signs to 'The Mormon Batallion'.  We'd come off to the interstate but hadn't managed to find it.  On the return, we saw the sign again and we weren't to be beaten and this time - success.  Totally not worth it.

A pizza on the way through.  Freshly made and as nice as the one we had back on Monticello.

After dropping Jules back at the Albueqyerque Sunport Airport we headed back to the hotel we'd been the night before last and crashed.

 

Day 12: Albuquerque to Santa Fe

Up early again to the location for the actual photos this morning.  It was the place in the show Breaking Bad in which the main character first cooked his drugs.

After an hour of photos, we went back to the hotel to pack up the car, then drove down the road for a well-earned breakfast at the fast food place that was used in the same show.  In the show is called Los Pollos Hermanos but really it's a branch of Twisters.

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.Full of, it must be said, not the greatest food of the trip we headed up the interstate to Santa Fe.  Our first job was to find a hotel.  We plugged in "hotel" in the GPS and it said Marriott was closest.  $180 a night.  Nope.  We looked down the list and drove to a place called the Guadalupe Inn.  Absolutely the best hotel of the trip so far.  It even had a nice balcony.

We got an Uber into town - had a walk around old town and then a meal at

We got an Uber into town - had a walk around old town and then a meal at the Plaza Restaurant that had been recommended by the front desk of the hotel.

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Then onto drinks at The Shed.  We all had a Lemon drop Martini.  Our resident expert said it hadn't been made properly, which would make sense as it really wasn't very nice.  I did plough through and finish it though.  Yes, I'm a champion.

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