We are now in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The day after we arrived in Albuquerque, we decided to visit Old Historic Downtown.  Historic Downtown Albuquerque is actually right on Old Route 66 (well, one block over, but that’s close enough, isn’t it?).

Old Historic Downtown dates back to the early 1700s.  On the square is San Felipe de Neri Church which has served the community since 1706.  It was originally founded and served by Franciscan friars, then by the secular clergy of Durango, Mexico in 1817, the Jesuit Fathers and Brothers in 1868, and since 1966 by the secular clergy of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  It was quite humbling to tour the beautiful church and think about walking on the same brick floor that the priests from the 1700s and 1800s also walked on.



What a gorgeous sanctuary! Zoom in and look at the brick floor.



I have no idea where this door goes, but I thought it was so beautiful.


When I turned around to go back outside, I noticed how beautiful and old the doors were.


There are numerous shops around the square as well as on the streets surrounding the square.  Many Native Americans come and display their handmade jewelry directly on the sidewalk.  And, believe me: it is GORGEOUS jewelry of the highest craftsmanship!  We ate lunch at a little cafe just off the square and then walked around to explore the area.


Some Native Americans are showing their jewelry and crafts on the sidewalk in the shade in this picture.



I even bought this unique piece of pottery.

It was a lovely afternoon!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”