San Miguel de Allende Journals

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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A travel journal to San Miguel de Allende by datnurse

Casa Blanca Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico More Photos
Quote: A few things to do; a few things not to do, in and near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Overview

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The best of the best is the Mexican sunset viewed from the Mirador followed by a romatic dinner at Casa Blanca. The worst of the worst is the cactus garden and getting lost in nearby Delores Hidalgo in search of the famous Talavera pottery.Quick Tips: International travelers arriving in San Miguel will need to fly either into Mexico City or Leon. I highly recommend Leon for two reasons. First, it's much safer than the city which has recently had escalating crime against tourists. Second, it's a shorter bus ride (1.5 hours versus 4-5). Best Way To Get Around: Once in San Miguel you can easily walk anywhere in town you want to go and enjoy the city "up close and personal". You'll ...Read More

Casa Blanca

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Restaurant

Casa Blanca Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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We stumbled on this place almost by accident while in search of something cold to drink. The plain white stucco exterior does not hint at the paradise once inside. The charming bartender, waiter, sous chef, Jose led us through the elegantly furnished restaurant to the terrace behind when we told him we didn't want to miss the sunset. We were seated at a beautiful tile-cover table with muslin umbrella overhead. We were alone on the terrace and from our perch had a magnificent view of the city, two lakes beyond and the mountains formed a backdrop for the picture! Then, as if the scene weren't already perfect - out of nowhere - a beautiful rainbow that arched over the terrace as if it appeared...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Casa Blanca
Piedras Chinas #21
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 2-43-39

Jardin Botanico El Charco

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When I heard the words "botanical garden", I pictured in my minds eye lush tropical plants and thick foliage. It was my mistake and my own fault I was disappointed. The Jardin Botanico is a desert. That's right, a desert with very little vegetation and what is there is in the cacti family. It was late afternoon and because I was feeling more than a little bit tired (was that my age or the altitude?) we chose to taxi out to the gardens. It's only a couple of kilometers north of the city but it's an uphill climb and once out of the city, not a very pretty one. Those more fit than myself can easily walk it but what the heck, save your energy - for 30 pesos you can taxi out there and back...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 21, 2000

Jardin Botanico El Charco
2km north of the city
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Sunset from the Mirador

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We walked down the cobblestone streets enroute to what we had been told was the best place to view the sunset over San Miguel – ‘The Mirador.’ We past heavy wooden door after door of what appeared to be plain, simple stucco dwellings but now and then one of these doors would be open and we'd catch a glimpse of the Eden on the other side. Rather than a simple, small home inside, what we would see were large courtyards filled with beautiful plants, flowers and fountains. This was simply lovely and such a surprise judging from the plain facades. But viewing the courtyards wasn't our main objection this late afternoon. We were in search of the perfect perch to view the sunset over San Miguel. We m...Read More

My Disappointment in Delores Hidalgo

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This sidetrip adventure didn't go exactly as I had imagined it. I had envisioned traveling by bus from San Miguel to Delores Hidalgo which would be a quaint little village. My bus would be met by smiling children bringing me flowers and one gentle old women who would lead me past the clean artisan stalls brimming with Mexican artwork, pottery and tilework to a small factory where hard-working young bare-chested, Latino men wet from their own sweat, toiled for me making the perfect ceramic tiles and pottery. Off to one side would sit a group of pretty women quietly painting the beautiful tiles and pottery with sweet smiles on their faces and a gentle "Buenos dias" as we entered the room. W...Read More

We Got Egged !

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Bright flowers of Egg Day Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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We got egged! Yep, you heard me - EGGED ! As yet another of the some 60 plus holidays a year that they celebrate here in San Miguel de Allende. This one is known as "Egg Day" and occurs about one month before Easter. All year long, it seems, all the Mexican women save their eggshells. They must have a special way of getting the yolk and the whites out of the shell without breaking it. You can't imagine how many eggs they save! Then they color them similar to what we do in the States with a traditional Easter Egg, fill them with colorful confetti, seal up the broken end with a bright crepe paper patch and some flour paste and VOILA! - You have yourself a weapon to be smashed over ...Read More

The Bull Taunting

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The Bull Taunting Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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On Sunday we went to what was billed to be a bullfight. It turned out to more of a "bull taunting", but that was okay by me. 6 to 10 young hombre, clad in T-shirts and tight jeans, took on the bulls one at a time. It wasn't exactly even odds. Some had brightly colored capes, but most just yelled and waved their arms to attract Fernando their way. When the bull came charging for them they quickly leaped over the wall. The young matadors played a sort of game of dominos against the bull using Pepsi crates with the Dominos spots painted on the bottom. The idea was to complete the game without getting injured! Only one young hombre was hurt during the 2-and- a- half hour show and that was when ...Read More

Christmas in San Miguel

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A Christmas Posada in San Miguel Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Christmas in San Miguel is a moving and charming event that begins on December 16 with nine "Posadas" leading up to Christmas Eve. Posada literally means "Inn". It commemorates the nightly search by Joseph and Mary for shelter en route too Bethlehem and the birth of the Christ Child. Posodas may be organized by a church, a neighborhood or even the President of the country! But, they all are similar in that they involve a Virgin, a Joseph and the indispensable angel to watch over them. In San Miguel they usually start at the Parroquia, the big church across from the main square, and end at some predetermined home or church where refreshments are served and treats passed out the children. Sor...Read More

New Years Eve in San Miguel

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We danced all night Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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The New Year was welcomed in last night in the Jardin. Although private parties and fiestas were held at every large restaurant, we chose to join the crowd that gathered in the square. There were clowns for the children’s delight early in the evening, later two Mexican bands played on through the night, while locals and gringos alike danced, or at least tried to dance, under the light of a full moon and the lights of the Parroquia - lit with full night lights including a large cross of lights on it s very highest pinnacle. At midnight church bells all over the city began to toll. The Parroquia s four bells - each as big as a large man - were pushed and pulled by hand, by young boys...Read More