Taos(3)-Rio Grande Gorge,Millicent Rogers and San Francisco Asis Church

After we went to Taos Pueblo, our tour group headed to Rio Grande Gorge.On the way from Albuquerque airport to Taos,  I saw there is a big crack on the ground where is almost middle of nowhere. The driver told me that is Rio Grande Gorge and said the bridge there is one of the most well known tourist spots around the area. Since we don’t have a rent car, we didn’t expect to see it.But thanks to the tourism program in my mom’s conference, we were able to look around all the famous spots with ease.

 

After driving for 20 minutes from the pueblo, we saw the giant crack again. When I saw the crack again, I was imagining how very first Spaniards were surprised to find this when they just started to explore around the area.

 

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As it is famous scenery around this area, there were many visitors and vendors. Like these pictures, there were many painted  and colorful vendors and it caught many tourists eyes. Sometimes, as a person who always have wanderlust, I have dreamed of driving all around the world since I was a young girl. Now as a grown-up, I am afraid of giving up what I’m doing for living to explore other parts of the world. Of course, I do travel quite frequently but I don’t have a gut enough to not caring about my wealth and live like a nomad like them. After walking around the bridge for an hour, we headed to Millicent Rogers museum.

This fashionable woman, Millicent Rogers was a famous socialite, fashion icon and art collector. She was the granddaughter of Standard Oil tycoon and an heiress to his wealth.She was enthusiastic about Southwestern American culture so you can see in his picture that she is wearing Native American thick bracelets. Later in life, she became an activist, and was among the first celebrities to champion the cause of Native American civil rights. In 1956, the Youngest son Paul Peralta – Ramos founded the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. The museum houses a large collection of Native American, Hispanic, and Euro-American art, with a specific emphasis on northern New Mexico and Taos pieces.

 

The museum looks ordinary adobe house but it certainly contains a lot of native american artifacts. Here are some photos from the museum.

 

 

The museum also has a pretty small garden inside. Although I love living in a big city, it would be nice if I can take a break in remote areas like Taos once in a while staying in a pretty garden.

Originally, that was the end of the tour but we finished the tour earlier than expected. Luckily, we had a chance to go San Francisco Asis Mission Church.

 

One of the most famous pictures of the church is taken by Ansel Adams in 1929. He took the picture of the church for his Taos art book. In the picture, there’s not even specks of clouds.But when I visited the church, clouds decorated the background of the pictures pretty well.

 

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When you think of catholic church, you would usually think of European Gothic church. I’ve seen a lot of catholic churched in Europe but I would say with a confidant that this one is the most distinctive catholic church I’ve ever seen. And this church is older than most catholic churched in the US that Construction on the church began around 1772 and was completed in 1815 by Franciscan Fathers. And Georgia O’Keeffe described it as “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.”

And here’s Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of the church, “ranchos church”. I went to Metropolitan Art Museum three times and I remembered this painting. At that time, I didn’t pay attention where the church is and never imagined I would really visit there. In the painting,she seems to erase the boundary between earth and architecture, the natural and the man-made.

We couldn’t take the picture inside of the church but I found this in online.

Even inside of the church was quite different from European catholic churches. There were some old Spanish style of painting and architects. Or maybe it’s the most indigenous style to this area. It was not grandiose but it has a charm that make people feel relaxed. It’s one of the few churches doesn’t have any pompousness.

 

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It was the last day in Taos and this picture is the last sunset in Taos. It’s desolate and isolated land and it makes beautiful and simple parallel with the sky. Without any skyscrapers. Just land ,sky and layers of colors with clouds between land and sky.

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