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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quick Trip To Albuquerque

Katie and I were on a quick trip to Albuquerque this past weekend (September 21st and 22nd). This outing was plagued by travel problems due to weather in Los Angeles (fog) on Saturday and in Albuquerque (thunderstorms) on Sunday - I've written about the flight problems at http://www.madweather.blogspot.com/

We stayed at the Hotel Parq Central on old Route 66 just west of I-25. The hotel (above) is a renovated building that was once a historic hospital for the employees of Santa fe Railroad. The Nob Hill area of old 66 (Central Avenue), just east of the University of New Mexico, once had 4 or 5 used and collectible bookstores. I have brought home many titles from these stores over the years. I drove down old 66 hoping to visit Simmons & Simmons on Sunday morning. Simmons & Simmons was the last surviving store when we were last there a couple of years ago. But alas, what I found is shown below. So the old Route 66 book row in Albuquerque has suffered almost the same fate as Adams Avenue in San Diego. So, no photos of books that returned home with us.

However, Simmons & Simmons is still in business, but now as an online only seller - you can find them at ABE.