Walking up to 2 miles over course of the day; paved, uneven terrain. Standing for up to 2 hours during field trips.
On the Mezzanine, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including dishes such as scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, hot and cold cereals, toast, with beverage choices of juice, milk, coffee, tea and more.
In the hotel meeting room, our Group Leader, who is also a local expert, will present an overview of the history and culture of Northern New Mexico; we’ll learn about the native Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants, and the Spanish and American soldiers and settlers who followed. After a short break, we’ll be joined by a local expert who will give a presentation about the life and art of Georgia O'Keeffe. The purpose of her art was to express what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was one of the most noteworthy artists of the 20th century and was a leading member of a group of avant-garde artists (The Stieglitz Circle) that began to blossom in New York in the 1910s. O’Keeffe’s distinctive artwork is instantly recognizable. They include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, shells, animal bones and other natural forms, and New York and northern Mexico cityscapes and landscapes.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with choice of entrées and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Our Group Leader will take us on a walking exploration of the historic Santa Fe Plaza area. As we walk through the plaza, the Group Leader will point out highlights and provide expert commentary on the history of the historic area which includes the Palace of the Governor's, Cathedral Basilica and others as time permits. We will then board the motorcoach for a short drive up to Museum Hill for a self-directed field trip to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. As we view the exhibits, we’ll learn more about Southwestern Native American art and culture and international folk art. Docents will be available to answer questions as needed. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture features pottery, jewelry, sculptures, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from the earliest times to modern day, scrupulously documented and beautifully displayed. Most of the work is from the Southwest. The Museum of International Folk Art focuses on indigenous populations from around the world through their art – ranging from ceremonial dress and masks to furniture. The museum hosts the largest collection of international folk art in the world, including wings featuring some of the 106,000 pieces donated by collectors Alexander and Susan Girard and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
We'll meet in the hotel lobby and walk a few blocks to the venue for tonight's Flamenco performance, where we will enjoy a dinner of Spanish tapas. There will be a choice of tapas and a beverage choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
This evening, we will enjoy a flamenco performance by Entreflamenco. The company, Entreflamenco, started in Madrid, Spain in 1998. They have performed all over the Iberian Peninsula, United States and Central America, including places such as the Palau de la Musica de Barcelona and the Houston Hobby Center. They are now based in Santa Fe. After the performance, we will return to the hotel.