San Miguel de Allende Journals

Day of the Dead in San Miguel

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An October 1998 trip to San Miguel de Allende by datnurse

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Quote: Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not surprisingly, I found myself caught up in the celebration of the Day of the Dead while vacationing in the charming San Miguel.

Day of the Dead in San Miguel

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Overview

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It would be hard not to love San Migual especially during a celebration. Much like our own Halloween the eve Day of the Dead here is something not to miss. That aside, San Miguel is a picturesque and charming colonial city of international fame full of interesting architecture, facinating people - both local and expatriot, home to remarkable cultural education in the arts and in lanuages and a lively night life. Quick Tips: If coming in the winter, as many tourists do to escape the 'cold' of wherever home is, keep in mind that San Migual is in the highlands (something like 6000 feet altitude) and can get downright chilly. Bring a light jacket or at least a sweater along for the evenings....Read More

Quinta Loreto

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Hotel

Quinta Loreto Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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We arrived in San Miguel by bus after dark and as our taxi muttered something about 'this way muya rapido' and drove off into the underbrush the thought crossed my mind, 'This is it; this is whre we get mugged in Mexico.' But I was just being a paranoid tourist as soon we were bumping down the cobblestone streets and arrived at the motel Quinta Loreto, our nest for the next month. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! Large, comfortable rooms and private, tiled bathrooms are kept pristine clean daily by the same friendly maid. The surrounding grounds and gardens add to the amibiance. We will certainly return to Quinto Lareto. Note: credit cards are not accepted so bring enough cash to cove...Read More

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Quinta Loreto
15 Calle Lareto
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
425 2-00-42

Cafe Quinta Loreto

Restaurant

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Since we were staying in the attached motel, we often ate breakfast at this friendly cafe. The large, bright dining room, colorful tablecloths, huge stone fireplace complete with sleeping dog in front of it, set the ambiance for what we have come to see as truly Mexican - 'casual and caring.' The meals served were large and delicious. Many returning tourists come to this place year and year and breakfast at the Quinta Lareto seemed to be the gathering place for many. We will definentely be joining those that come back again and again! Note: The cafe is open limited hours - about 8-10:30AM and 2-5PM

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2000

Cafe Quinta Loreto
15 Calle Loreto
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 425 2-00-42

La Jardin Principal - The Main Garden

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Story/Tip

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We wandered down the cobblestone streets of San Miguel every morning to the Jardin Principal where we would buy a newspaper and then sit on one of the many park benches and let the early morning sun warm us while we caught up on the news of the day. With so many Americans and other expatriots now making this their home finding reading material in English was easy. Another part of this favorite time of the day for me was 'people watching'. So many Americans in every size, shape and color. I had fun trying to discern which were the ones now making San Miguel their home and which, like me, were true gringos. The local people seemed to have that same quiet grace I've observed in...Read More

La Diaz Muertes - The Day of the Dead

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In America we call it Halloween. In Mexico it has a more spiritual significance and is called La Diaz Muertes - the day they honor their dead. Actually the clebration goes on for two days - Oct 31 and Nov 1 and what a celebration it is in San Miguel! After our siesta we dressed and walked down the cobblestone streets to the jardin where the celebration was already taking place. What a spectacle! It seemed as if everyone in San Migual had turned out this evening to party. People of all ages meandered around the square which is truly a community gathering place. Many of the children wore costumes not unlike 'trick-or-treaters' back home. They looked adorable in their ghoulis...Read More