You thought that you'd take a virtual tour of a Spanish city, didn't you? Instead, you are wandering through the town of "MAD-rid" as the residents call it. This version of Madrid is located on the Turquoise Trail and is about a 20 minute drive south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At one time it was a mining town. When mining deteriorated, people moved away and it nearly became a ghost town. In recent years a colony of artists from all parts has settled there, making Madrid an interesting and colorful place to spend a few hours (there are no hotels or motels to stay in). This is where we ended up when we discovered that most of Santa Fe was closed for Easter Sunday.
Sometimes the most interesting places that you visit are those chosen by happenstance. A waitress in Santa Fe suggested that we spend part of our Easter there as restaurants and shops would be open. I'm glad that we took her advice, it was an unusual experience...one that included a brunch of cheesy herbed grits with pulled pork followed by numerous shops containing goods that ranged from "found art" , trashy imported souvenirs, and excellent locally made pottery, paintings, and woven goods. Madrid was also an excellent spot to people-watch; it brought to mind the 1960's with a western bent.
I hope that you enjoyed the images, even though they might not have been what you originally expected (isn't that what travel is all about?
Next month I get to travel to Maine by train-I'm excited!