Pancakes on the Plaza

Although Independence Day has come and gone, I’d like to share what’s been happening in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past 43 years. Yes, 43 years! Pancakes on Plaza on Fourth of July. This fun-filled annual summer event put on by the Rotary Club of Santa Fe is not only popular with local Santa…

Some Enchanted Evening

Springtime. Season of awakening, season of bright colored blossoms, season of new life. That’s what unfolded on stage at the Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque one evening in early March. 5,000 Years of Chinese civilization presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts. http://www.shenyun.com From the moment the curtains were drawn, an all-Chinese male and female dance cast…

Wild West Wagon Trail

In 1821, with Mexico’s independence from Spain, a vital trading route was established between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Coming to be known as the Santa Fe Trail, this only thoroughfare out to the Wild West was America’s first commercial highway west of the Mississippi River, stretching 900 miles across Kansas, the Great…

Valle de Bravo

There couldn’t be a more picturesque setting for a wedding than this utterly charming lakeside community skirting the scenic shores of Lake Avándaro.  www.lakelubbers.com/lake-avandaro-1121/ This quaint colonial town in the pine-covered mountains of central Mexico was my destination last weekend to celebrate my friend’s son’s nuptials. After overnighting in Mexico City, we headed out of its…

Christiane Von Linz

Dear Travelsonataincmajor Followers, I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website, christianevonlinz.com. Featuring a brand new look, this website offers tons of information and is easy to browse around. From now on I will post my travel stories here, so stay tuned for news by signing up on the bottom of the site….

Alamo City

The stifling heat couldn’t stop my adventurous self, trading my air-conditioned hotel room for a stroll along the famous River Walk right in the historic heart of downtown San Antonio. http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com. The call from the river below my window was just too strong. Heading downstairs and out the cool lobby, I stepped up to the…

Daring Streaks, Eye-Popping Curves

Famed Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. visitcanyonroad.com. There’s a new kid on the block in this artsy town nestled in the Sangre de Cristo foothills of Northern New Mexico. santafe.org. Visual artist Christopher H. Martin, http://www.christophermartingallery.com. A self-taught Florida native, Chris, as he prefers to be called, recently opened the door to his new gallery putting Santa Fe…

Decolores

Summer in Santa Fe is all about colores, colors. A rich palette simmering in every event across the “City Different.” This dazzling rainbow of hues arches over the streets, sidewalks, and adobe buildings in all its splendor; shining in the bustling markets, music festivals, world-class restaurants, cozy cafes, and eclectic crowds. It’s almost blinding; the…