MEXICO TRAVEL 2012: SAN MIQUEL DE ALLENDE
November 21-28, 2012
Since we returned early from Argentina and our house sitter was contracted for another two weeks, we decided to do take a long overdue trip to San Miguel de Allende in cental Mexico. This was our first choice for retirement, but after seeing Lakeside, we settled here in Ajijic.
Our hotel and room, Quinta Lorento, was modest, but large and centally located.
Quinta Loreto was located next to a large Artisan Market where Jim purchased a metal Christmas tree.
After our long drive, we headed to the central plaza with the Jardin and the Parroquia, the wonderful old church that can be seen throughout the town.
Not far from the Jardin on Canal Street is the Pueblo Viejo restaurant and rooftop bar. The bar with its great views of the city is a popular hangout for expats and tourists. We met and talked with a group there over a drink.
Another day we walked to Juarez Park and just beyond it found the new Rosewood Hotel with its impressive entrance. As guests of friend John who was staying at the hotel, we travelled up to the rooftop for some great views of the town.
John invited us to see the suite where he was staying and we had another opportunity for more photos. On the way out we toured the huge pool, sun decks and gardens.
On the way back to our hotel, we ran into an indigenous group parading through the streets.
The 18th and 19th century architecture seen in many buildings has been lovingly maintained and is a draw to the historic center of San Miguel.
Many churches throughout the town are also kept up and their bells ring out throughout the day.
Jim took Robin to Harry's Bar for his 71st birthday.
We also ate at the Restaurant at our Hotel, including a fun Thanksgiving Dinner. And we tried Milagras, a restaurant recommended by the desk clerk and a favorite of many Mexicans.
Another top restaurant was El Pegaso. And we picked up chocolates in this elegant shop, Jon Frej.
Twice we had breakfast at Pegasus close to Correo (on the left in the photo). We also discovered an excellent small restaurant, Muro, on the street close to our hotel. Had another wonderful breakfast there.
Many of the art galleries and design shops have now moved from the center of San Miguel to an old cotton weaving mill called Aurora. Some of the top artists and designers have galleries and shops here. We had a late breakfast of delicious Eggs Benedict at one of the two cafes in the complex.
After six weeks in Argentina and a week in San Miguel, we were ready to get home to Ajijic and our dogs, home and gardens.
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