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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende October 19th 2019

An impossibly long time ago, my childhood friend J-- and I embarked on a summer vacation to Europe. Two months on a far-off continent would be ambitious and exciting, an adventure we were sure would connect us forever. To ready myself, I purchased a sturdy blue backpack and stuffed it with the requisite essentials: a plastic poncho that would double as a bathrobe, curlers made from large juice cans, a wad of American Express traveller’s cheques, an unflattering shift that promised not to wrinkle, and the traveller’s bible, “Europe on $5 a Day.” My father took me to the jewellery store and bought me a silver-plated bracelet that listed my full name and blood type. I often think of his fragile faith that this would keep me alive. We were reckless from the get-go. I snuggled ... read more
carpé mañana

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende October 17th 2019

This post will be mostly photographs. We took a LOT of them yesterday on our tour. The tour was put on by Patronato pro Niños, a group that helps kids with mostly medical care and transport: http://www.patronatoproninos.org/events/tours.html The volunteer guides are mainly expats (ours was Jay) and they each have a wealth of knowledge about the history behind the buildings of San Miguel de Allende. The tour is 300 pesos per person, well worth it. 119 pictures and 3 panoramas. Enjoy.... read more
Grackel haven
Out little tour group
Church Door


Here we go again! We departed the US on September 30, 2019 (I have to do that so I can remember when we traveled to where). We arrived in Mexico City (CDMX) and had a twelve hour layover for our next flight. We stayed at the Airport Hilton which was actually IN the airport. We took an elevator from the concourse, and BOOM! We were in the lobby. Too convenient. Had we known then what we know now, we would have probably grabbed a bus to San Miguel de Allende (hereafter known as SMA). We are taking the bus back to Mexico City. We took our bags to our room and went back into the airport to get some food. Mexico is not like the US in that they don't try to rip you TOO BADLY ... read more
Un Huarache
Street Tacos
Thor

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende February 17th 2019

SanMiguel de Allende (SMA) is about a 3 hour drive from the JM Butterfly B&B. The infrastructure was great and the landscape was beautiful. The minute we entered SMA, the scene changed to a charming cobble stone colonial town. Christiane found us a great boutique hotel located just a 5 minute walk from the center of town. Walking is the main mode of visiting this town and we were glad that we brought our walking sticks which help to stabilize us on the cobblestone streets. SMA is a popular place for US expiates, 10% of local residents are from the USA. The weather is always sunny, cool with low humidity and the cost of living is cheap with lots of art galleries, museums and great restaurants. We saw a t-shirt announcing that "relax and have fun, ... read more
Charming narrow cobblestone streets
A Donkey selling flowers
The volcano bowl, delicious

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato February 10th 2019

The winding three hour descent from San Jose to the Oaxacan coast was accompanied by rising temperatures, increasing humidity and the gradual accretion of coconut palms and those towering potassium-rich herbs we know as bananas. Pochutla is the bustling little hub of a town from which camionettas depart to Zipolite or Puerto Escondido. Not being gay or naturists (although Laura will dispute the latter) we obviously headed to the naked LGBTQ enclave that is Zipolite. This is literally a one street town, the sleepy thoroughfare running parallel to the pretty, chilled beach being lined on either side with restaurants and guest houses. Although we had deliberately allowed the festive season to pass into distant memory before venturing beach wards, apparently we were still on the heel of high season.... and high season prices were still enforced: ... read more
Ali poses afore the stunning sprawl that is Guanajuato
Street art, Puerto Escondido

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato December 28th 2018

A Tour of Central Mexico After we visited the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve we made a little tour of central Mexico. There are literally hundreds of places worth going to in Mexico. For obvious reasons we could only squeeze in a handful of those at best. Here comes a quick summary of where we went and what we saw there. Santiago de Queretaro - Santiago de Queretaro is a city which was important in colonial times. There are many similar cities in Mexico. Puebla, which I have written about before, is one for example. These cities typically have a preserved historical city centre with beautiful buildings, churches palaces and squares. But Santiago de Queretaro has one additional feature - a very elegant aqueduct. There ... read more
Aqueduct
Portico
Fountain

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 29th 2018

We’ve had a really good nights sleep. The bonus of being in a place on the outskirts is that it’s not quite so noisy! We go down for breakfast which is good self service - cereal, fresh fruit, yoghurt and freshly baked sticky buns (too tempting to resist I fear). We set off into town - we know the way now! There is some kind of a procession about to begin which means that all traffic has been prevented from entering the streets. This is a great bonus as we are ahead of the procession but walking on nice clear streets. We begin our walking tour at the opera house and the church of San Diego. From here we cut through the Jardin de la Union, a plaza shaded by shaded laurel trees with a bandstand ... read more
Templo de la Compania
University
El Pipila

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 29th 2018

Today we are visiting Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barras. This 17th century hacienda belonged, unsurprisingly, to San Gabriel de Barras! It would be the easiest thing in the world to order an Uber but we decide that we’ll give the local bus a try. It is only 2.5km out of town and the walk into town will do us good. There are not too many people around and the walk into the centre is pleasant, then we walk back to the west of the town to suss out the bus. We need to choose any bus heading to Marfil and ask for Hotel Mision. We try one bus but the driver seems to be saying no, it’s not this one. To be honest we give up fairly quickly and decide to order an Uber. But ... read more
Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barras
Ex Hacienda San Gabriel de Barras
Chicken for lunch

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 27th 2018

Today is a move on day. We make a Skype call to mum and dad whilst we are still assured of reasonable WiFi connection! The truth is, the hotel WiFi (which was pretty weak anyway), completely failed a few days ago. But as we passed their main WiFi modem every day on the stairs, we could clearly see their private modem...so we sneakily photographed the password and have been having excellent reception ever since! Unbelievably there is yet another celebratory procession passing our balcony today. Now we know why they have named this town Mexico’s own Disneyland! Today the focus seems to be on little children...three large cartoon type characters, followed by lots of toddlers - the smallest riding in the back of floats and slightly older kids accompanied by proud parents walking behind. We decide ... read more
View of inner courtyard
Lower city street
Ian posing

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende September 26th 2018

Today we are back up at ‘the bronze bull’ waiting to be picked up for our tour of Canada de la Virgen. We are on the 9am bus and today it arrives with no problem. There are 10 of us on the tour so quite a small group. Within the hour we are at the site and Albert Coffee is there to greet us. Albert is a real character. He is from Louisiana but has lived here for many years, having graduated as an archaeologist and also having been part of the original excavation team that worked on this site. Needless to say, he is an expect on his subject, and talks with amazing speed practically without pausing for breath. He really wishes that he was allowed longer for each tour but as he has a ... read more
Tourists!
Albert and the tree story
Patio and monument




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