Friday, April 17, 2020

2020 Mexico - San Miguel is like a dream...

After I wrote my last blog post I realized it would take me weeks to post about our time in San Miguel de Allende if I tried to describe it all. I took hundreds of photos and looking back at them brings back the warmth, the beauty, the art, the music, the people—all so colorful and rich in Mexican culture it seems, now, like a dream I had once, even though it was just a few weeks ago. I think I’ll let my photos do most of the talking. It was hard to edit down to a few favorites. 

The sheer beauty of the place, with its Colonial architecture  and vibrant gardens is what first takes hold of you, then the people.  

Everywhere you turn you find artisans’ work, from the simple carvings being sold on the street, like the woman above, to fine gallery work and artisan markets. It ranges from bright and whimsical to soulful, dark and mysterious.

We spent an afternoon in the mask museum, learning about and viewing handmade masks used in rituals and celebrations throughout Mexico. 

The Toy Museum was a last minute decision when our planned winery tour fell through. I’m SO glad we went there! Pure delight!

One of our days in San Miguel was the Festival of Our Lord of the Conquest, which features native dancers from all over Mexico, performing throughout the day around the main square. 

On our last day we walked several blocks from our BnB to a beautiful home where we took a cooking class. With the instruction of Chef Miguel, we prepared salsas and Mexican rice and chicken with mole, then we sat down to a lovely meal with Miguel and our fellow students. It was the perfect way to end our stay in Mexico. 

That evening we walked down to the Jardin and Parroquia for a last time before our departure the next day. We were hearing about concerns back home about the Corona virus beginning to show up in the US. There was a case, even in our own county. It sounded concerning, but more questions than answers. It was not on our minds as we said our goodbyes to San Miguel, under a full moon. 


  1. I love Mexico. It is incredibly beautiful, vibrant and varied! Your pictures are gorgeous! Makes me long to be there.

  2. Your photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them and letting me get out of this house for a while. I will definitely be visiting Mexico at some point. I would have bought a mirror. The photos at the beginning look pretty social distanced, until we got to the last few.

  3. I echo Lynda's well-put words above. Your beautiful photos also fit well with your "Word of the Year." Every one is another "and." Thank you for sharing your adventure.

  4. What great images, your artistic eye is obvious.. Thanks for the glimpse of a place I will never visit. Love.