From Santa Fe, we took a day trip up to Taos. In Taos, we visited the Taos Pueblo. The Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.
The North-Side Pueblo is said to be one of the most photographed and painted buildings in the Western Hemisphere. It is the largest multi storied pueblo structure still existing.
The pueblo wall completely encloses the village except at the entrance. The wall used to be much taller for protection from surrounding tribes. The pueblo's primary purpose was for defense. Up to as late as 1900, access to the rooms on lower floors was by ladders on the outside to the roof, and then down an inside ladder. In case of an attack, outside ladders could easily be pulled up.
After visiting the Pueblo, we headed into Taos to the Taos Plaza. Our bus parked in a parking lot within walking distance of a quilt shop--Taos Adobe Quilting.
This is a picture of me outside the shop.
I bought a selection of SW Themed fat quarters...
...and a kit to make a pepper table runner. The pattern and fabrics are from a collection called Caliente Peppers by south Sea Imports. We have seen lots of red peppers hanging from buildings and in doorways so this table runner will definitely remind me of my trip to the SW.