Bernal Road Trip

I had to take the Harley in for a service so Bill (with Juliet) and I decided to add a road trip to Bernal. What a wonderful little town! Lots of shops and restaurants in the central part of the town and it was very easy to get to. You can definitely park you car and walk around the whole town. We had some great tacos for lunch and did some sightseeing.

The town’s claim-to-fame is an enormous monolith that overlooks the town and is called the La Peña de Bernal. We were told it is the 3rd largest monolith in the world. Beautiful!

Visita de las Siete Casas

We started our evening by walking up to Camino Silvestre for an art show. They had this wonderful old saddle sitting out on the patio and a violinist playing. It’s a wonderful store and they had some very nice art.

Last evening was the Visita de las Siete Casas when all the churches set up an alter of Jesus Christ in different stages before his death. The town was packed and there were huge lines of people trying to get into the churches so we had a bite to eat at Quince and then sat in Jardin to watch the crowds of people. And it was packed!

A group of people that caught my eye was the San Miguel Legendario theatrical group who were dressed in masks and costumes. They were handing out black cloaks to people in the crowd. They were performing later in the evening.

Here are a few of my favorite photos. Enjoy!

San Miguel de Allende: Friday of Sorrows

“San Miguel’s sweetest religious tradition is perhaps the celebration of the Virgin of Sorrows, when she (Mary) is placed over alters perfumed with chamomile atop brightly colored sawdust carpets. Her alter itself is decorated with bitter oranges, sprouts of wheat and purple paper picado (cut paper) banners.” —Atención

Bill and I walked around town yesterday to view some of the public alters. It was busy in Centro with weddings (bride and groom in vintage Jaguar arrive at the church), folks worshiping at the local churches and lots of alters. On this day the folks of SMA also clean and decorate the fountains around town. Some places in town were passing out free food and popsicles. The sweet popsicles represent the tears shed by Mary. Enjoy!