We stayed in a delightful little inn, El Paradero, within walking distance of the Plaza at 220 W. Manhattan St. Having decided to go totally green on this venture and use nothing but our feet and public transportation to get around, the location was ideal. The walk to nearby restaurants, the Plaza and all of the surrounding attractions was easy. The only time we relied on vehicle transportation was to go to and from Canyon Road. We could have walked but because Canyon Road runs uphill and we're not exactly spring chickens, we opted to save our energy by taking the free shuttle.
|El Paradero's courtyard gates, flanked by ristras -- strings of red chile peppers. Note New Mexico's famous turquoise sky in the background. It truly is that blue!|
|Warm yellow walls, festive tablecloths and colorful pottery add cheer to El Paradero's sunny breakfast room.|
|A fire burning in a hand painted kiva fireplace warmed the room on chilly mornings|
And why live with plain glass panes when you can decorate a door like this?
|Hand painted designs brighten the entry to El Paradero's breakfast room.|
By the way, here's what we saw when we looked out those same French doors earlier today. Now we've seen everything!!! No idea where it came from, but the little rascal has had a great time chowing down on the hostas. Is anyone missing a pig???
|Our unusual visitor.|
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