|View of Sangre de Cristo from Taos|
First however we needed sustenance so we set off in search of lunch. Our first effort took us to a place recommended by the girl in the bookstore--Orlando's New Mexican Cafe. Unfortunately Orlando's was closed for a private graduation party so I pulled out the smartphone and clicked on Yelp. We found a nearby breakfast/lunch place called Gutiz which is described as Latin-French fusion and had an average 5 rating on Yelp. It was definitely a good find. I had the vegetarian tartine that was delicious and virtuous, although probably not low cal. The decor was sweet and we were seated by a blond young girl about 10 years old who I hope was a relative of the owner.
|Interior of Gutiz|
Taos Pueblo was a short drive from the restaurant and a long way from the "scene" of Taos. The tribal management charged a camera fee of $6 for each of us as well as $10 admission fee. As my husband said, it contributes to the upkeep of the Pueblo tribal community, which lives with tourists gaping and clicking at the homestead on a daily basis.
The Taos Pueblo is a World Heritage Site as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, with evidence that the ancestors of the current inhabitants lived there 1000 years ago. The base of the pueblo buildings were built between 550-1000 years ago and the current multistory structures look much like they did 500 years ago. The Pueblo also contains a beautiful church (Roman Catholic but with the Native American twist- unfortunately no photos allowed of the inside) with a great view of the mountains from the church courtyard through the entry gate. Most of the buildings contained shops run by members of the tribe (called variously the Taos Pueblo people, the Tiwa or Tewa people, or the Red Willow people perhaps the latter name is related to the Red Willow creek which runs through the Pueblo. We bought a few of the crafts--in particular a clay sculpted storyteller, which was a grandmother telling children stories of the past. We also watched drummers and a wonderful dog swimming in the creek.
|Artisan shop in Taos Pueblo|
|Taos Pueblo north|
|Red Willow Creek|
|Red Willow Creek with view of San Geronimo Church|
|Drummers of Taos Pueblo|
|Taos Pueblo south|
|San Geronimo Church|
|View from San Geronimo courtyard|
Our last stop of the day in Taos was the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which we had visited previously but one of us had forgotten the last trip. I found the walk across the bridge to be as terrifying as the last time but the scenery is quite fascinating. The sky also filled up with white clouds that are perfect as a cloud template for photoshop, if you are into that sort of thing. I just like looking at the clouds in contrast to the deep blue sky over the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
|Rio Grande Gorge|
|Rio Grande Gorge Bridge|
|Clouds over Sangre de Cristo Mountains|