The Railroad District, Canyon Road, Santa Fe Opera

Climbing up and down ladders to get in and out of cave dwellings takes a toll on your gluteus maximum muscles.
I was hobbling around in pain all day today.
In the morning, we went to the farmers’ market in the Railroad district. That was not your northeast market, for sure. Nothing plastic, everything looked perfectly edible! This was the closest to a European farmers’ market I had seen in this country.
The Railroad district is a fledgling gallery district. We went up and down Guadelupe Street and saw some amazing art and cool antiques. We ate lunch at Zia’s Diner – not your average diner, with comfort food prepared by a top chef. My meatloaf was succulent and yummy, and even though the 23 year old waitress reprimanded me for not finishing all my vegetables, I was allowed to have dessert – a hot out of the oven cinnamon bun to die for.
This district is on its way but hasn’t yet arrived. What has arrived is Canyon Road, where you can get an art overload. We walked for over 3 hours and didn’t even finish one side of the street. I must say, I have never seen such a concentration of art galleries in any other city. It’s simply mind-boggling!
Canyon Road is an art gallery in itself. Most galleries set up sculpture gardens in their front or backyards. Anybody can sit on benches in these sculpture gardens and take it all in.
Our dinner tonight was at Pasqual’s – one of the most amazing Santa Fe restaurants. But we had to rush off to the opera.
Santa Fe Opera gives performances every July and August and attracts some really big stars. It is outdoors but under a roof, which protects it from the rain but not from the cold dessert night. The setting of the opera house is spectacular, and the preshow tonight was a splendid sunset over the mountains. The play of light and shadows was simply magical! The sky here hovers over the valley as a physical entity, it seems to be made of some solid material. No wonder so many local artists paint it.
The production itself was not bad, but it was no match for the Met. The mezzo and lyrical sopranos were great but the tenor was very weak. Whatever happened to all the Pavarottis and Domingos? And no opera house has the money and resources to mount productions of the Met’s caliber.
Today was for the arts, tomorrow – back to nature.

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