A Look at San Miguel de Allende

Earlier this month we escaped the last of the snow (yes indeed, there were still bits of snow around here, in the shadows, on May 1!!) and headed to Mexico on a long anticipated holiday.  Come along…. I’ll show you some of the sights of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico:

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This view of Hernandez Macias is a typical streetscape.  But to be fair, SMA is so picturesque, there is a photo at every step.

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A look over the roof-tops toward the city centre.

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Settled by the Spanish in the early 16th century, the name San Miguel refers to the founder, Father Juan de San Miguel.  I’ve heard that the parish church, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel,  is one of the most photographed churches in Mexico. One thing is for sure, you can see the spires from almost anywhere in town.

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Another pretty street.  All the streets in SMA are cobblestone, which can’t be easy on the cars…. or anyone in heels.

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A hacienda turned boutique hotel.

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A pedestrian space adjacent to the Plaza Allende, or el Jardin.

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Another cobblestoned street.  This one in the neighbourhood of San Antonio, which is where we stayed.  And here is a look at the bell towers of the church of San Antonio in the evening:

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San Miguel de Allende played a significant part in the struggle for Mexican Independence.  By the beginning of the 20th century, the town was waning and in danger of becoming a ghost town.  It was sort of “re-discovered” by foreign artists, who moved in and can be credited for it’s renaissance as an arts-based community and probably for it’s preservation. San Miguel was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.  Apparently, about 30 percent of the population is now ex-pat Canadian and Americans. They say, the clear, bright light attracts artists as well as the Baroque/Neoclassical colonial architecture.  But frankly, I think the perfect climate also has something to do with it.  And the food……

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5 thoughts on “A Look at San Miguel de Allende

  1. LifestyleswithLia May 21, 2015 / 12:05 am

    Oh it sounds like you had a lovely vacation (and escaped the last flakes of snow! May 1st?)
    The photos are so pretty…what a colorful and vibrant city! I’ve never been to Mexico but it looks like a dream destination!
    PS: I love the white VW bug in the photo!
    Cheers to you and welcome back home…thanks for sharing your vacation pics with us!
    *Lia

    • JanetRimmington May 21, 2015 / 11:54 am

      Thanks, Lia! It was such a nice “escape”. And such an interesting place. I recommend it. 🙂
      Sending fondest wishes your way…

  2. Julie@frogpondfarm May 21, 2015 / 4:31 am

    I’ve never been to Mexico either. San Miguel de Allende looks like the perfect spot to visit. Love the pic of the lights in the bell tower. How good is Mexican food 🙂

    • JanetRimmington May 21, 2015 / 12:00 pm

      I think it is a wonderful part of Mexico to visit. Perfect climate, stunning architecture and views, sopping in arts and the food! Some tourism outfit has designated it a top foodie place to visit….. All fresh, local, organic. Mmmmmmmmm!

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