Aug 11 (PM), 2015 – Part 2: SANTA FE PLAZA, OPERA – “SALOME”

We arrived in Santa Fe just before lunchtime on Aug 11. After checking into our hotel, we drove on to the Santa Fe Plaza, the heart of this lovely New Mexico city.  While Elizabeth went on to shop for some jewelry, I just wondered around to pass the time, not expecting to buy anything. Bob 8-11-15

Well, surprise, surprise… I found this used-looking but actually new leather hat that seemed to fit the bill, my head and the ambiance perfectly. By the time Elizabeth finished buying her jewelry, I was already wearing it, having relegated my baseball cap into the hat store shopping bag.

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And then I posed with it for Elizabeth at the corner of the Santa Fe Plaza park.

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Elizabeth and I normally don’t eat lunch. But this time, I could not resist a French crepe stuffed with three different kinds of fresh fruit and Nutella spread, adorned with whipped cream and ice cream.  The waitress seemed disbelieving that I could eat it all. But I had no such doubts. Crepes are my all-time favorite dessert.  Besides, this was going to be my dinner, too, considering we were off to the opera later on this evening.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth got a Carnita from a Mexican food vendor at the corner of the park.  And so everybody was happy. Me with French/European food, Elizabeth with a Mexican dish.



Since this was our first visit to the Santa Fe Oper, we got there with plenty of time to spare, so we can look around and check out all its nooks and crannies.

And here’s what we saw…

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The actual “Salome” opera was great as far as the music and the ambiance goes. But the lead actress/singer was a dismal dancer. Stiff as a board. And since the “Dance of Seven Veils” is supposed tobe the high point of the entire opera, and this scene’s sensuality (and supposed nudity) was the reason the opera was initially banned in Vienna after it first opened in the early 1900s, the visual aspect of the show was a flop. Surely, nowadays, they could have gotten a performer who can both sing and dance.

Oh well… the music more than made up for it. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

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