If there is one thing that I could spend all my time doing it would be traveling. I love to see new places, try new foods, relax and experience new things. There is just something special to me about being in a place I am unfamiliar with. My cousin had an internship in Santa Fe this summer, so it only seemed right that we go visit her for at least a weekend. My sister and I flew into Albuquerque and hit the road to Santa Fe.
We found it fitting that we got a rental car from Oklahoma, since my cousin is from there. I always make my sister be my chaurffeur. We decided to drive the more scenic route and head down the old turquoise trail. It was the perfect start to our weekend! After about 30 minutes driving into nomads land you come up on this tiny town of Madrid! Make sure you stop. Its adorable. Full of antiques, cafes and yard art. The shops all have one of a kind turquoise jewelry that is so fun to look at as well.
Such Darling Mailboxes!
The cafes were decorated from top to bottom. I have never really been one to buy antiques, but I sure wanted everything in this town. It may have changed my mind.
This fountain was my favorite! I really think I would have bought it had I not had to fly home.
I need to find myself some green glass.
how fun is this little collection of old hot wheels?
I would have loved to have seen thins “golf cart” in working condition. I thought it was so cute!
I loved the bead work on the arrowhead. It reminded me of my days growing up in Globe Arizona. We had very similar things near the reservations by our town.
Each little shop has a collection of hand made items by different jewelry artists. I also love turquoise, so it was very hard for me to not want to buy everything.
Then we started to head out of town and passed this little Photo Park… We had to stop! my sister said she loved this Photo Park so much that she hopes she can have one just like it at her wedding reception some day.
It is pretty fun. “Connie”, the artist and owner of the park is there to help you take pictures as well. It was a fun little detour.
This was my favorite! On the weekends the Photo Park has a collection of costumes you can use as well. Which we also super cute.
So in short, go a few extra miles out of your way and head down the turquoise trail!