S: Santa Fe with the Girls, April 2011
BC: The End
1: It's not Mexico, Arizona, or Utah! New Mexico April 2011
2: good eats | You can never start a good trip on an empty stomach. Here we are at the airport with our own yummy sandwiches that Polina's nanny made, washing it all down with a bloody mary!
3: March 30, 2011 The Grove Cafe in Albuquerque Eating again, and it's good! These were some of the best eggs of my life!
5: Kasha Katuwe National Park March 31,2011 It's a gorgeous morning, 70 degrees, and we are ready for more exercise we've had in months (everyone except Masha who is of course in top physical shape). Can we make up the mountain? Well, if the seniors hiking next to us can, then we can too!
6: We felt like we were on another planet. Of course, we tried to make it our own, laughing hysterically and scaring off the other hikers. Trying to take in all the gorgeousness and hold on to it for a while, Olya took hundreds of pictures. Thank you honey, the beauty here makes my eyes water!
8: Can't help but add some more gorgeous shots by Olya. She really captured the essence of this place. Although it was swarming with hikers, we felt like we were one with nature here. Everywhere we turned, there was picture-perfect scenery. Btw, notice the face profile in the mountain above!
9: Beautiful mountain peaks on a backdrop of clear blue sky! This is simply sublime!
10: There are many wondrous things found in nature. Below is one example of a very suggestive rock formation. To the right is a very cool cave thing (Polina almost split her pants trying to climb up there!)
11: Wow, we are kind of tired here - everyone but Masha, that is. She ran way ahead!
12: Gorgeous view from the peak of Kasha Katuwe! We managed to stay gorgeously composed during our 3 hour hike
16: We have arrived at our destination - Santa Fe. | El Farolito B&B - a cozy little place to relax and unwind
18: We are on location. After a wonderful tapas lunch at La Boca (where bruschetta was served in a bowl with truffle oil and tasted phenominal but had obviously never met the real bruschetta), we got dolled up, borrowed some cool jewelry from Masha, and explored the city.
20: Santa Fe has a calming, organic feel to it. Strolling through town, enjoying the soft edges of the buildings and the funky sculptures popping out here and there, felt so relaxing! Also was knowing that we don't have to be woken up by screaming children!
21: Stopping by for a jalapeno-salted martini at Secreto Bar at St. Francis Hotel, we decided to take the party back to our b&b. Of course, no evening could be complete without an exhorbiant amount of wine, a good old-fashioned pillow fight, and Californication.
23: We promised a pillow fight, and we delivered!
24: Enough exercise, today is all about relaxation. I mean, we are a bunch of overworked overstressed mamas! Massages for everyone at the Thousand Waves spa! Then, reconvene again at the Shoji private bath. In the afternoon, we explored the gallery district. This is the life!
26: Rested and refreshed, look how cute we are!
27: Eat, drink, and be merry!
28: The art and architecture in this city has a whimsical quality. Jesus fish! Priest talking to a gopher! R2-D2 mailbox! Go figure!
30: Most of the galleries were closed in the late afternoon. We mostly explored the sculpture gardens. The weather cooperated - it was a gorgeous day!
33: Hot chocolate always makes a day complete. Kakawa. Yum.
34: We spent the morning at the farmer's market, sneaking our yummy goodies into a local brewery for lunch.
37: Railyard Park | We were really set on shopping today. The girls even bought some winter coats here - in 85 degree weather!
38: Hope we can do this again soon, girls. It was a blast!