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San Miguel de Allende - photos

Church of St. Michael the Archangel. This gorgeous church reminiscent of grand European cathedrals was built in the 1600’s; however, the neo-gothic pink-granite façade dates from only the early 1900’s.

In early August we, along with my sister Cathe, took a four-day trip to the charming colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, about four hours east of Guadalajara. San Miguel is a cultural and artistic gem and boasts a large and active ex-pat population. We were fortunate to have a friend there who introduced us to the local owners of an exquisite B&B perched on a hillside on the south side of the city, a work of art many years in the making. Although we don’t have pictures of it, there is a website for Casa Angelitos. Another place we tried to stay but couldn’t get in is Palazzo San Miguel, an absolutely incredible apartment crafted by a very talented artist. You really need to check out the site.

San Miguel is a bit more upscale than Ajijic with lots of art galleries and fine restaurants, including one featuring Doc Severinsen (from the Tonight show) playing several times weekly. Doc, now in his eighties, retired to San Miguel and can still hit the high notes. We were so busy the whole time we were there that picture taking wasn’t a priority—we hope these shots will at least give you a flavor of the place and perhaps inspire you to visit. It is truly one of the gems of Mexico.

 

 

View of the city and the Church of St. Michael the Archangel. This was taken from the three-story house we rented.

Yes, it’s really a Starbucks. Just off the main plaza (the “Jardin”).  Guadalajara has about 20 of them.

Cathe, Lyn and Gabe relaxing in the Jardin. After a tough day of shopping, no doubt.

Well, I guess that’s one way to display your merchandise.

Left: Colonade in the Bella Artes. The Mexican government is a great supporter of the arts and many of the larger cities have a “Bella Artes” which houses various arts programs. This one is in a beautiful colonial building. San Miguel has a summer chamber music festival (30th anniversary!) that attracts world-renown artists to teach Mexican students. For Bob’s birthday, we got tickets to a concert by the Synergy Brass Quintet, an incredibly talented group that has played all over the world, including with the Boston Pops and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I generally prefer string quartets for chamber music but these guys were absolutely sensational—if you ever get a chance to see them, go for it!

 

Right: Casa Corazon. This is the house we rented for our stay in San Miguel. Not only was it three flights of stairs to the top floor, but it was also three flights from the street to the front door (a fact that the owner neglected to reveal). However, all that altitude resulted in some remarkable views from the three exterior balconies (below).

Deck off the top bedroom looking east towards the city center.

View to the north towards Guanajuato.