In Love with Mexico
Trip Start Jan 02, 2010
17Trip End Mar 17, 2010
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Sunday afternoon families gathered on the city plazas to eat, talk and watch their children play. The large Catholic Church at the main plaza was a photographers dream and Apache Indian children dressed in purple and white performed a circle dance as an enthralled crowd gathered to watch. Later a group of Aztec dancers in feathered headdress danced to the beat of flute and drums.
For the next four days we tramped up and down the streets and discovered beautiful parks, great restaurants and very photogenic buildings. We photographed many churches, which are certainly elaborate and ubiquitous in Mexico. No flash photography was allowed so it was tough to get decent interior shots. As we strolled the streets we encountered many shabby looking buildings but partially open gates revealed courtyards lush with plants and flowers, soothing music and small restaurants with rooftop gardens. Meals seemed to be about 100 pesos or $10.00 each whether you choose a nice restaurant or one that is open to the street.
We were told that the full time population in San Miguel de Allende is made up of about 10 percent North American or European people and 90 percent Mexican or Indian. Everyone we met was friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. We fell in love with this beautiful little city just as did a man we ran into on the street who said he came for a four-day vacation five years ago.
It was tempting to linger in San Miguel but so much more of Mexico awaits our exploration and we must move on. Leaving on 1-14, headed for Queretaro, I (Kathleen) drove the Toyota pickup because there were turns that were just too tight for Matilda to maneuver while towing the truck. What an introduction to Mexican driving.