Last night my husband and I went out to dinner with two of our closest friends. They suggested a restaurant called Chef de Jour in Old Town. We live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Old Town is the historical part of the city (it is over 300 years old). Rambling, one-story adobe structures which used to be haciendas but now house clothing shops, souvenir shops, art galleries, retaurants and more, surround a plaza with a gazebo at its center. All year round, tourists and residents walk Old Town or hang out in the Plaza park listening to street musicians or stroll under the portico where Native American artisans sell their wares.
My home is not more than five minutes from Old Town, yet I hardly ever think to go there. After dinner, we wandered about on the uneven brick sidewalks, exploring the courtyards that are sort of cul de sacs of shops and restaurants. One contains a small chapel honoring Guadalupe. There is such a sense of peace and tranquility in this tiny space. Two altars are filled with glowing candles that visitors have left. Our attorney friend whispered, "you can just feel the thousands of prayers that have been said in here, can't you?"
Yes. Outside the chapel, there is a water fountain, surrounded by benches. I could write here.
Why don't I visit Old Town more often? I think because we get trapped in our routines and frequently miss what's right in front of us. I grew up in NYC and didn't visit the Statue of Liberty or go to the top of the Empire State building until I was an adult and out-of-towners came to visit.
Old Town is a treasure only minutes away. I intend to mine it on a more regular basis.
What treasures are hiding near you? Will you seek them out? Happy hunting.
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