SANTA FE PLAZA - The history of the plaza dates back to the era of the Spanish conquistadores along the El Camino Real. The architecture is traditional adobe, with the exception of the Cathedral Basilica, built of yellow limestone chosen by Archbishop Lamy. Like much of New Mexico, there are a combination of cultural influences, including Spanish, Native American, New Mexican and European. Fantastic art, jewelry, galleries and food are a feast for the senses. The literary influences of Santa Fe are rugged and individualistic, such as ‘Death Comes for the Archbishop’ by Willa Cather, one of my favorite books. Visit at Christmas, when the night time plaza glows with farolitos and luminarias.