I managed to throw out my back just as we arrived in San Miguel De Allende. Luckily we were at arguably the nicest RV Park in Mexico. It is a small park located at the Tennis Club. The park is located between the clay courts and just to the south of the center of town. Another tight fit, but careful guidance (and a shoehorn), we just made it in. The park is small with space for only 12 units and is very popular. Luckily, Marsha had made reservations for us. Best of all, there was a chiropractor just around the corner.
I laid low for the first few days. Between the cobblestone streets, high curbs, uneven sidewalks, and steep hills it was torture to walk. Ed says “you never walk and look and the same time”, you always have to really watch where you are walking in Mexico. We made a trip over to the Balinerio to soak in the Hot tubs and laze around the warm pools.
Our trip to San Miguel de Allende was planned to coincide with the Señor de La Conquista Festival on Friday. It was so incredible that I have
an entire blog devoted to just pictures from that day. It is a unique Festival held one day a year and only in this town. It was definitely the highlight of our trip.
San Miguel is an artist’s city – in body and soul. San Miguel is steeped in Historical significance. It was originally a mining town and home to rich silver barons. The town’s namesake Ignacio Allende, a native son, was a leader in the Mexican Independence. The Insurgents met in a house along the main plaza. When word was received that the Spanish troops had learned of their plans, the rebels began the Revolution in this area. More recently, in the early 1900´s the Escuela de Bella Artes was formed. The school received worldwide recognition and many WWII vets attended on the GI bill.
The Jardin, or plaza, is home to an incredible church. The Parroquia´s ( parish church) pink and gray spires tower over the square. The original church was built in 1564 and the towers were added as a retrofit in the 19th
century. The artichect supposedly designs in the sand. The marble is paced so
that according to the angle of the sun and the time of the day, the color and the details change. Sometimes the church will appear to be very pink, sometimes grey; it is different every time you see it.The Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel is also home to the Christo de la Conquista (Christ of the Conquest), made in the 16th
century from corn stalks and orchid bulbs.
Throughout the trip we met so many wonderful people. Our second night in San Miguel everyone in the campground was getting together for pizza. As we sat there, Ed looked over at the Lazy Daze in the park and said “you know, that looks like my old rig, but it has the mirrors of a newer model”. Later, after introductions, Ed asked about the rig. George said”Oh yeah, I bought that from a guy in Big Bear Lake”. Ed said” I´m that guy!” Ed loved that coach and has always regretted selling it. It was good to see some one enjoying it as much as he did. George is a volunteer tour guide for the Patrinato Por Niños walking tour. We enjoyed the tour which provides medical and dental
benefits for the local children.
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