United States
Los Candelarias

Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.
66 travelers at this place
  • Day32

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    May 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today is cinco de mayo, so we were hoping to experience some local culture today. Elisa found a cinco de mayo folk art festival not far so we thought we could check that out.

    As we didn't get to do the train yesterday we were going to take the train today. The road runner train looked nice and modern. Luckily Elisa checked the schedule before we walked half a mile to the closest station, as it only ran every 5 hours or so. 5 hours... no wonder no one takes the train. Its not convenient and based off a conversation with a local, it's expensive and not affordable.

    So, off we went to the festival by car. The festival was more like a small art market, which had very little food and was not as big as advertised. Everyone was very nice and the solar lamps were interesting, along with bottle cap artwork. There was some nice jewelry and metal work. There was a older lady who saw Josh pushing the empty pram/stroller, as Elisa was holding Inara, and was so excited to see a baby. She came up to Inara and touched her cheeks and hugged Elisa and Inara both, a few times.

    After the market we headed into old town Albuquerque. It was very cute and what we actually thought Santa Fe would be like. The old town had a plaza, place for celebration and community across from the St Felipe church. The whole area was in the pueblos style houses and stores in the earth tone brown. There was gallery's and tourists shops, along with restaurants and little public squares in amongst the buildings. The squares were decorated with benches, water fountains, cactus and flowers. Over the day, it seemed each square has some musician playing in it.

    We sat down after our quesadilla lunch and listened to a 4 piece guitar ensemble. They played Spanish music and Inara and Brandon did some grooving to them. We don't know if this is a normal weekend occurrence or if it was because of Cinco de mayo.

    In the first store we went to, a retail store selling different onyx items, the seller gave Inara and Brandon a necklace each and seemed to love Australians. He was very funny and seemed to be a friendly person.

    The plaza was not celebrating Cinco de mayo, but lemonade day. There was at least a dozen primary school kids with their own lemonade stands, selling different types of lemonade and snacks. Prices ranged from 50 cents to $3 for a lemonade glass. The amount of time and effort the kids (or parents) put into the advertising, banners and tables /stands was impressive. Brandon got a very thirst quenching home made lemonade.

    While walking around we also found a nice playground with slides, monkey bars, and everything that a kid could want, attached to a nice green park. There where a few family get togethers for the holiday.

    We made it back to the camp, had a lovely swim in the pool, did another load of laundry (as it was $2.50 total for a wash and dry, and has been the cheapest yet) and had a nice pasta dinner.

    We were situated right next to the playground so it was a great way for Brandon to meet other kids. That night Brandon became friends with Thor (real name Travis) a 4 year old from Durango, Colorado and Luke, a 3yr old from a town not too far in New Mexico. They all had a great time together at the playground, or scootering/ riding bikes together. It was lovely talking to the parents and learning about their lives. We had a few drinks with Jason, Thor' s dad and the highlight was glow in the dark bocce ball.

    Everyone was so friendly at the KOA. We even met an older couple from Farmington who at the end of our conversation hugged Elisa and told her that if we need anything, they are in that cabin. The KOA was packed over the weekend as many locals were camping for sport. We knew that families have camped for a track meet, lacrosse, baseball, and basketball.

    We had a lovely time on New Mexico. Santa Fe was was a bit disappointing but Meow Wolf was a good surprise. Albuquerque was pleasant and relaxing, but the best of this stop was the people.
    Read more

    Barbara Stout


    Carla Villar

    This looks like coco’s house!!

    Vicki Weinert

    I have really enjoyed your travel blog. Very interesting and really makes me want to visit some of these places. Dean has been to many places in the USA now and is taking us to a few national parks and interesting places when we visit next month. Unfortunately we only have a short time to visit so I’ll have to make another few trips to check out some of your recommendations. What a shame! Looking forward to your next stop. Enjoy.

  • Day52

    Ubiquitous Ravens

    October 31, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As fans of GoT will know ravens are very useful intelligent birds. We have been surprised at how common and widespread they have been in our travels throughout California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Just love them.Read more

    Nigel and Sandra

    I hope you're not feeding the wildlife and that includes you!

    Nigel and Sandra

    Nigel loves ravens so much that he sacrificed his double chocolate muffin. S

    Nigel and Sandra

    He (maybe "she" as the choccy muffin was so popular?) managed to fly off with a big apple core when the cake was finished. S

  • Day24

    Route 66 - fjerde del!

    August 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Hotellet var inklusiv morgen mad så det startede vi dagen med. Så fik vi gjort os klar og pakket bilen - igen, igen, igen.
    Vi skulle først køre fra Santa Rosa op til Santa Fe. Der var ikke rigtig så meget at se andet end natur, så vi snød lidt og tog den highway der gik derop. Det var en hyggelig gammel by med USA's ældste kirke. Det var også et par små markeder rundt i byen og et stort et inde på byens torv. Vi gik lidt rundt i den by på markederne og og hen og se den gamle kirke hvor der blev holdt gudstjeneste på latin da vi kom som man kunne deltage i. Vi var lige inde og høre lidt af det. Det var en meget fed oplevelse.

    Så satte vi ellers kurs mod Albuquerque på en vej gennem et par gamle små byer. Her kunne vi ikke tage route 66, da Charlottes app sagde det behøvede 4-hjulstræk - og det har lille Bodil altså ikke! 😅 vi kom igennem 3 små byer, alle opstået på grund af guldminer eller kulminer. I byerne var cirka halvdelen af bygningerbe restaureret mens den anden halvdel var forfalden. Nogle af bygningerne var lidt som man ser i westernfilm, men til min store skuffelse kom vi ikke gennem en rigtig cowboy by som man ser i westernfilmene. 😅

    Vi nåede til albuquerque og bestemte os for at se om vores blade vi tog på turistkontoret havde nogle rabatkuponer til hoteller med indendørs pool indenfor vores budget. Bonus var at den vi så fandt lå på route 66 og var et gammelt renoveret route 66 motel, fra route 66's storheds tid. Jeg bestemte et sted vi skulle spise jeg gerne ville prøve, Charlotte var dog med på den. Må indrømme det var et fastfood sted. Men ikke et hvilket som helst fastfood sted. Man skulle nemlig køre ind i en parkeringsbås hvor der i førerens side var et meny kort udenfor vibduet og en anordning hvor du, når du var klar til at bestille skulle trykke på en knap og så snakke med en inde hvir maden blev lavet. Så kom de ud til din bil med det i den bås du holdte i. Så det var derfor og ikke pga. maden jeg gerne ville prøve det. 😅 vi besluttede os dog forat tage maden med tilbage til hotellet. Da vi kom tilbage opdagede vi de kun havde givet os Charlottes burger og nogle tots (små kartoffel röstier nærmest) og havde dermed glemt min hotdog! Så jeg måtte nøjes med tots til aftensmad, en sulten Louise er en sur og træt Louise. Det hjalp dog på humøret at komme i den indendørs pool! 😄 håber nu jeg snart har heldet med mig igen, så vi kan komme på kasino i Las Vegas og vinde en masse penge om en lille uge! 😂😂
    I morgen venter en dag med sightseeing i Albuquerque og omegn! Så nu vil jeg sove, godnat! 😄😴😴
    Read more

  • Day25


    February 5, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Moin, Moin,
    Heute ging es von Santa Rosa NM nach Albuqurque NM. Jetzt wo die Beine langsam müde werden, geht es in die Berge. Ohne Vorwarnung raus aus dem Hotel und 12 km den Berg hoch, HURRA! Heute habe ich, wie schon viele Helden vor mir, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Glen Ford, u.s.w., den Rio Pecos überquert. Seit gestern sind wir auf der „Route 66“ unterwegs und werde diese, so wie es im Moment aussieht, bis zum Pazifik auch nicht mehr verlassen. Im Mittelpunkt des heutigen Tages stand ab der „Superbowl LI“. Als Ort zum Feiern haben wir uns das „Buffalo Wild Wings“ www.buffalowildwings.com/en/menu/ ausgesucht. Mit dem Beginn der Nationalhymne trafen wir ein und hatten dann zum Cointoss von Präsident Bush und seiner Frau Nancy unsere Plätze eingenommen, die wir bis zum Spielende, nach vier Stunden, auch nicht mehr verlasen haben. Wir haben uns zum Spiel ein kleines Fünfgang-Menü gebastelt.
    Chips mit Hähnchen, Käsesauce, Tomaten
    Gebackene Mozzarellabällchen mit rauchiger Spezialsauce
    Awardwinning Chickenwings mit einmal als BBQ und einmal als Mild
    Kartoffelwedges mit Sour Cream
    Chicken Whrap mit Ranchdressing und pommes
    Morgen mehr.
    Read more

  • Day22

    Santa Fe nach Albuquerque

    September 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Auch heute hatten wir nur eine kurze Strecke, daher haben wir uns Zeit gelassen und eine gemütliche Cabrio Tour gemacht. Wir haben nicht die Interstate genommen, sondern sind über einen kleinen Highway durch das „Künstlerdorf“ Madrid gefahren. Wir hatten allerdings ehr den Eindruck das es ein Kifferdörfchen mit sehr individueller Lebensweise ist.

    Angekommen in Albuquerque haben wir uns Old Town angeschaut. Albuquerque ist mit 600.000 Einwohnern die größte Stadt in New Mexico.
    Read more

  • Day27

    Fjerde dag på Route 66 7/8

    August 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Så er vi på vejen igen!
    Vi har i dag set byen Santa Fe og spøgelsesbyerne Madrid og Cerrillos.

    Vi kørte fra vores motel omkring 9 i morges for at ankomme til Santa Fe omkring kl. 11. Vi skulle se byen arkitektur, som den er meget kendt for. Arkitekturen kan vel bedst beskrives som mexicansk og måske også lidt græsk. Forestil dig en sydeuropæisk by mixet med lidt mexicansk - hvis det er muligt. De har et Plaza midt i byen, hvor der i august er et marked, som vi også besøgte. Der var alt fra smykker til malerier til andet hånd værk som træ udskæring til hækling af børnetøj. Vi købte dog ikke noget.

    Til frokost fik vi Nachos. Det er jo new Mexico, så der bliver serveret meget mexicansk mad. Jeg er dog langt fra at kunne blende ind, da jeg bestilte nachos uden bønner, jalapenos, oliven og sour cream. Hun kiggede lidt underligt på mig 😃 Oveni det så bad jeg om ingen is i min lemonade fordi vi har fundet ud af at vi får en del mere ved ikke at få is i, da de fylder glasset helt op. Det kan dog have noget at gøre med at det glas vi fik kunne indeholde lidt over 700 ml. Man kan godt forstå at menneskene er store herovre!

    Efter frokost så vi USA' ældste kirke, hvor de havde en latinsk gudstjeneste, som man kunne gå ind og se. Det var lidt sjovt!

    Vi gik derefter hen til bilen og satte kurs mod Albuquerque (vi tror det rimer på turkey). På vej til Albuquerque havde vi bestemt os for at tage 14'eren ned til spøgelsesbyerne. Cerrilos var den meste døde by af de to. Der var dog lidt liv. Vi kørte op til en gammel public school, som var en ruin. Det var lidt uhyggeligt - men der skal jo heller ikke så meget til før at jeg synes det er uhyggeligt :)

    Vi ankom derefter til Albuquerque, hvor vi kiggede i vores hotel rabathæfte for at kigge efter hotel med indørs pool inden for vores budget. Vi var så heldige at finde et lang route 66 som hedder Sandia peak inn, hvor vi får indørs pool, morgenmad og et værelse til ca 55 $. Pool var lækker! Den var ikke så stor, men det var okay.
    På vejen kørte vi forbi Sonic, som er en restaurant hvor man kører ind i en bås og bestiller mad gennem en højtaler også kommer de ud med maden til bilen!!! 😮
    Det er amerikansk i stor stil! Hold op hvor er de dovne herovre!!

    Vi kom frem til motellet og hun sagde egentlig at de ikke havde flere af de billige værelser, men vi fik pruttet hende ned, så vi fik et værelse med en seng til den pris. Jeg ved ikke lige hvor den seng kom fra 😃

    Vi kom i poolen efter mad, hvor det lige skal nævnes at de havde glemt hotdoggen til Louise - hun var ikke helt tilfreds :(

    Nu er jeg træt - godnat 😴
    Read more

  • Day27

    day 24: Albuquerque

    December 23, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    we left Amarillo and started making our way to Albuquerque. on the way we stopped at this Cadillac ranch where it is just some Cadillacs half buried in the ground and people graffiti them, we got to graffiti them up for a bit then jumped back on the bus. on the way to Santa Fe we seen.... SNOW! was the first time I had ever laid eyes on the snow I was fairly excited ha. we stopped at Santa Fe and I got to finally touch the snow. was awesome threw a few snowballs around before we finally made our way off to grab some lunch. we got to Albuquerque and a few of us went out for a wander we went to a shop that made the candy for breaking bad which was cool we were gonna go see some sights from the show but it got a bit to late and was dark so we headed back for dinner. After dinner we chilled out and had a few beers while we sang karaoke at the hotel till they had enough of us ha. Few ripper songs got sung. Jakes death metal song was a highlight. I sung the classic aussie tune bloke by chris franklin.Read more

  • Day10

    10.Tag Zugfahrt

    April 13, 2013 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Zur Nachtruhe wird einem dann schön das Bett gemacht. Die Sitze werden zusammengeschoben und von oben wird das zweite Bett nach unten geklappt. Die Nacht war wirklich ruhig und man konnte wie gewohnt schlafen.
    Das Frühstück ließ keine Wünsche offen und das Steak zum Mittag übertraf alles. Das Essen war wirklich grandios.
    Auf halber Strecke stand nun ein langer Stopp in Albuquerque an und wir guckten mal in die Stadt.
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Los Candelarias