Hong Kong (part 3)

Another day  to explore Hong Kong. It is March and it is quite cold in HK. Especially for us who just spent time in Southern Vietnam and  in Cambodia where we were wearing short and t-shirt. Now I  was wearing everything I have in my backpack. I was still cold.  We were  enjoying the visit  and immersed  ourselves in this large city that has a lot to offer to tourists like us.

While we walked , we discovered Kowloon Park with people practicing Tai Chi. Other people were meditating. Those green spaces are so important in big cities.

We went by the entrance of the Museum of Art. They have some interesting sculpture by Ju Ming. He is a Taiwanese sculptor who attained fame in Taiwan in the 1970s, and in New York City in 1983.  He was born in 1938. I like his art very much. Do you ?

Also art from Rosanna Li, a Hong Kong artist and sculptor.  She is well-known for her robust ceramic figurines imbued with cultural and symbolic meanings that reflect her response to current events in a social context. Do you like it ?

We walked the avenue of stars (just like in Hollywood, California) except the stars are Chinese so we do not know them. Except Bruce Lee ! Did you recognize him ?

We took a cruise on  Victoria Harbor for one hour. It was foggy again.

We went on the escalator to mid-levels.The Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system in Hong Kong are the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The entire system covers over 800 meters (2,600 feet) in distance and elevates over 135 meters (443 feet) from bottom to top. It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island.

We visited Man No Temple. Lots of sandalwood smoke from the giant spiral incense hanging overhead which take a couple of weeks to burn.

Busy days when you travel… let’s keep some energy for another day in HK. I will share more photos and story on my next post.  Next Friday. Thanks for reading. And many thanks for you who leave me a comment.

 

 

Santa Fe

Santa Fe deserved a full day of visiting.  After all,  it is the Capital of New Mexico! And the oldest Capital city of the USA.   400+ years old. Also it is the  capital at highest elevation at 7,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristos foothills at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains.  Santa Fe has been rated the number 2 small city to visit in the USA and one of the top  US destinations in the world for travel, romance , culture, art and food. The best part for us was  the  good weather. We could walk in  the town and see all the  interesting places without  having to find a parking spot . After a short stop at the Tourist office, we had the right map and we  were ready for the day.

Our first stop was at the San Miguel Mission Church. We were lucky to have lots of information  from  a very nice volunteer lady.  San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church built between approximately 1610 and 1626. It is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States.

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We also visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, commonly known as Saint Francis Cathedral. It  is a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown  Santa Fe.  Influenced by the French-born Archbishop Lamy and in dramatic contrast to the surrounding adobe structures, Saint Francis Cathedral was designed in the Romanesque Revival  style. As such, the cathedral features characteristic round arches   separated by  Corinthian columns and truncated square towers. The large  rose window  in front and those of the  Twelve Apostles  in the lateral nave windows were imported from Clermont-Ferrand   in France.

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We walked by the Loretto Chapel but did not go in.  We also  found the Georgia O’keefe Museum.  This lady was born in Wisconsin in 1887  but she lived in NM many years. She is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers.  Georgia lived  to be 98 years old. She said : ” I paint what interests me  and what I see.”  I am sure it would had been wonderful to spend one hour inside the museum. We didn’t as we were  more in the mood to be outside. I just went quickly to the gift shop.  And here I will share with you some of her painting.

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As in Albuquerque, there is a main plaza in Santa Fe. The Palace of Governors is an adobe structure constructed in 1610. The natives gather there to sell their arts and crafts.

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We  drove to Canyon Road to see its beautiful preserved and restored adobe and Territorial-style homes. The mile long street is architecturally artful as well. I didn’t want to walk anymore that day so we drove up north of the city to see the Opera House.  It was closed but we had a chat with a friendly lady working in the gift shop. The  Opera house is only open during the months of July and August . This year, it will be there 60th season.  The striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater has won several important design awards and is widely recognized for blending contemporary design aesthetics with traditional building materials.DSC01561

I will end my post here . With my next post we will continue  our road trip. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed visiting Santa Fe with me.

 

The Turquoise Trail

February 2016

Leaving Santa Fe and driving on the Turquoise trail. We  saw interesting art.

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Origami in the Garden tells the story of this art form through a collection of over 20 monumental outdoor sculptures. Here is one :

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Here is a sign, so we are not lost. Not much tourists in this area at this time of the year.

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We stopped  in Cerrillos. It means Little  hills in Spanish. This town was once seriously considered as the capital of NM. Cerrillos mining district is one of the oldest and most marked of the Old Spanish mineral developments in the territory.  21 saloons, 4 hotels and 2 churches were busy here in the booming 1880’s ans 1890’s. Now, we can see the old buildings and the dirt streets. It is  a picturesque reminder of the Old West. Mary’s Bar was not open !

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In fact, everything seemed to be closed  for the winter except the Turquoise Mining Museum. So, we went in to see…

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You might want to buy an old bottle. They have a few  but I think they were quite expensive.

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On the Turquoise trail, our next stop was in Madrid!  Another mining town around 1890’s.  This one for coal. Now, it is a small community with many artists. Many buildings are in need of TLC.

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We were able to get a good coffee  but it was  not   0.15 cents like this old sign we saw .

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We saw what we wanted and as we were not too far from Albuquerque, we decided to get there to see the old town. This is the topic of my next post.

Thanks for reading.