Today is the beginning of my participation in the Writers of Kern A-Z blog challenge. The mission is to write a post for each letter of the alphabet over the next thirteen weeks. I've decided to write about places I've lived or traveled to in the world.
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A is for Albuquerque
When I was learning United State geography in elementary school, one of my first thoughts about Albuquerque was That’s a huge word! I’d hate to live there and have to spell that every time I wrote my address.
Many years later, I found myself in Albuquerque almost every year as I traveled Interstate 40 and Route 66 across the United States on summer trips to visit my family in Michigan. The itinerary always included dinner and browsing the shops in Old Town. Today, I’m still using some blue and white pottery dishes that I bought on one of those stop-overs.
|on the Art Museum grounds|
Albuquerque is the place for art lovers. We find it in the streets and shops, the scores of galleries, on the University campus, and the Museum of Art and History.
With easy access out for day trips, Albuquerque is great as a base camp. One summer, my mom, sister and I were on a Southwest road trip and ventured out to Santa Fe from our Albuquerque motel. While making our way to San Antonio one spring, Judy and I stayed over in Albuquerque. From there, we immersed ourselves in New Mexico history, exploring the cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument and the Jémez Pueblo.
Well-known as the Ballooning Capital of the World, Albuquerque hosts an annual international balloon fiesta. This fall marks the 42nd festival. I would love to see those magnificent, brightly-colored balloons filling up the sky. And, I'd enjoy a day among the memorabilia in Albuquerque’s balloon museum. I’m seeing another visit to Albuquerque in my future.
Do you have an Albuquerque story to share?
~ xoA ~
(All photos from google images)