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// SEPTEMBER 2009
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London
Vancouver
Three Valley Lake
San Francisco
Monterey
Pacific Coastal Highway 1
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Torrey
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Santa Fe
Denver
Ottawa
Niagara Falls
New York
Boston
Quebec
Montreal
Kamloops
Lake Louise
Banff
Canmore
Calgary
Sausalito
Napa
San Simeon
Santa Barbara
Malibu
Santa Monica
Venice
Calico Ghost Town
Zion National Park
Bryce National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Flagstaff
Petrified Forest National Park
Painted Desert
Ice Caves, Grants
Albuquerque
Los Cerrillos
Los Alamos
Taos
Taos Pueblo
Montreal
Toronto
Mystic Seaport
Newport
Plymouth

Santa Fe


21st of September 
Petrified forest-Colored desert-Ice caves-Volcano

We started our course again, so as to explore some parts of the historic Route 66.

We passed by Crystal Forest and by Petrified Forest.
We were still in Arizona, moving under unbearable heat, into a landscape with a variety of colors and rock formations, with petrified boles all over the place, in a scenery which kept changing all the time, with no sign of even one single cactus anywhere.

After the Petrified Forest, we crossed the Painted Desert (known also as colorful desert).


We carried on, passing by the lands of the Apache and Zouni Indians.
We arrived at Zouni Pueblo, at an altitude of almost 6.200 feet, always driving at the Zouni’s land. An amazing rock bounds the whole village. We made a detour, so as to see a volcano and the ice caves too, driving on a rough, dirt road. We eventually reached the Ιce Caves, twenty miles away from Grants, approximately.


A path dag of lava leads to the caves.

We were at an altitude of almost 3000mt and we were moving like broken machines, when we visited the cave with the sulphurous waters.
Right across, the Bandera Volcano is to be found, but we didn’t have the courage to climb up there, since, for the last few days, we were suffering from obvious symptoms of altitude sickness. The reason for those symptoms was quite obvious. We were moving constantly at an altitude, which, most of the time, was above 2.500mt, after having left Las Vegas behind us.



Marriage anniversary at New Mexico…

We drove on Route 66 towards για Acoma Pueblo, which is the oldest American settlement and has never stopped being inhabited. Driving towards Albuquerque, we found the ancient village Laguna Pueblo and visited the missionary church of Saint Joseph. Eventually, we arrived at Albouquerque, which is the largest city in New Mexico.

The first habitants of the area were the Anasazi Indians.

We continued towards Σάντα Φε, passing by Cerrilos.



When we arrived at our hotel, the El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn, in Santa Fe, we left the car and went to the centre of the town on foot.

The capital city of New Mexico _and also the second older city in USA_ combines elements of the Indian and the Spanish culture too. It hosts a great number of shops that sell artistic handicrafts, which are devoted to those two civilizations.

Since it was the 24th anniversary of our marriage, we went to the Thunderbird Bar & Grill, restaurant and celebrated, trying the spicy Mexican Cuisine and having quite a few beers!!! Enchiladas and Fajitas and… “alien” beer too Roswell Alien Amber Ale Beer. No need to say, that during the whole night I was seeing strange lights from the window of the room in the hotel and I was dreaming of UFO and alien creatures

But it wasn’t the beer that we had drunk responsible for my fantasies. As a matter of fact, it is considered one of the best in the area.

But New Mexico has its own hidden secrets…
The conclusions are up to you…


22nd of September
Room with…name and surname!!!

We woke up into amazing scenery, in a room which was having a…surname: at the Casita la Paz, while everything was bathed by the extraordinary Mexican sunlight. It was a blinding light, which was sliding in, from all the exceptionally beautiful chimneys, which our so special room was full of…

We had arranged to take our breakfast at eight o’clock in the morning. After crossing a small garden, where terracotta was predominant and we could hear the gurgling sound of running water, we reached at the dinning room, were the breakfast was served.

The lady owner of the B&B had prepared for us a delicious breakfast. It was something nice, comfy and warm, with all the elements that characterize the Mexican cuisine.  

 

 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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