Taos Pueblo-The Place of Red Willows
This had to be the highlight of our trip for me. I have always been drawn to the land and to the First Nations peoples and this thrilled me to see a Living World Heritage village. There is approximately 100,000 acres in the Blue Lake Wilderness Area and I was told that 2,000+ more people live in the surrounding area. There are many who still live in the Pueblos, without any appliances or electricity, who cook in Horno's or outdoor adobe ovens and still live as their ancestors did-off the land. The people still use the Kiva's(sacred religious areas) and love to share their heritage. Taos Pueblo is considered to be the oldest continually inhabited community in the U.S. The natural beauty of the area and hills made me regret leaving my camera in the car. You can read more about this treasure here: www.taospueblo.com. Photo courtesy of Taos Pueblo.
Another museum we attended was the Georgia O'Keefe museum. It was quite interesting and for the most part we enjoyed looking at her work.
We also went to the "Loretta Chapel" with the wooden spiral staircase-what a site to behold. The architecture and craftsmanship in this chapel was incredible. I loved seeing the Italian sculptures and stained glass. I am not one to go see churches just to see them; I grew up Catholic and spent so much time in them that I often don't have the appreciation for the buildings but this one was beautiful. Are friends love visiting museums, churches and galleries while I'd much rather be outside, touring the countryside and seeing small towns. That is what makes a trip fun however, doing things you normally wouldn't.
Have a joyous Wednesday!
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