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We had a great time today exploring Old Town Albuquerque. Jerry loved shopping in all the hot sauce and chili pepper shops. We had a great Mexican dinner at the Fiesta Restaurant, we both ordered Chicken Fiesta, it was baked chicken with green chili sauce topped with cheese and served with fried beans and Spanish rice.

We loved seeing the outdoor sidewalk sales, they had blankets spread all over the walkways with loads of jewelry, baskets, pottery and more. This is a beautiful area to just sit and enjoy.

Albuquerque's Old Town encompasses about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings. On the north side of the plaza is the San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest building in the city, which was built in 1793. Surrounding the church, the city's settlers had built their homes, shops and government offices, many of which have since been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today. Old Town today looks much like it did when it was built centuries ago.

Its Pueblo-Spanish style architecture with flat-roofed buildings and soft contours of adobe mirror the Southwestern landscape. Long portals (porches) line the fronts of most buildings offering shade from the New Mexican sun. Bancos (benches) are often found built into the back walls of the portals, providing the perfect place for weary walkers to sit and watch the world go by. For almost three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest.

It is the Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town. We loved it and highly recommend it to all. I took a ton of pictures but I had somehow got my camera on the wrong setting. The pictures were all too small to see well, so I took several at a time and made them into collages instead. Thanks much Lindsay for teaching me how to do this!! :-)I am still practicing so I might have included a few pictures more than once. I hope you enjoy them anyway.

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