Saint Michael’s Parade

Sunday was St. Michael’s parade through Centro. This parade, I’m told, is the preview of a much larger parade in September. It wasn’t the largest parade I’ve seen in San Miguel, but the native Indian costumes were wonderful. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day. Enjoy!

Playa Troncones and Zihuatanejo

This past weekend Bill and I drove to Playa Troncones and Zihuatanejo. It took us six hours to drive from San Miguel de Allende, but the scenery was spectacular. We passed through mountains and drove over lakes.

We stayed at the Tres Mujeres hotel right on the beach. It was a very comfortable hotel and the hosts very very nice. We ate at several nice restaurants on the beach and visited the Manzanillo Bay resort which was perhaps the most beautiful property in Troncones. Each evening there were folks on horseback enjoying the sunsets.

It was Juliet’s first time to the beach and we thought for sure that she’d not like the sand and water, but much to our surprise she had a wonderful time chasing the waves and running in the sand. I’ve never known a dog who didn’t like the beach.

While we were there, we drove the 25 miles from Playa Troncones to Zhuatanejo—our old stomping ground. It was wonderful to see that even though the town has grown, it still hasn’t lost it’s beauty and charm. La Ropa beach, which in the main beach, is still as beautiful as we remembered. The town was busy with tourists and, as always, there was a lot of activity around the fisherman’s landing on the beach.

Our favorite hotel in Zihuatanejo is the Thompson Hotel on La Ropa beach. It has a beautiful pool right on the beach and plenty of palapas for relaxing.

Here are a few photos from our trip. Enjoy!

San Miguel de Allende Ballet Folkloria

Last night (Friday) the San Miguel de Allende Ballet Folkloria performed at the Peralta Theater. We were not disappointed. The show was colorful and very, very festive. These dancers are really something to behold and it was a fantastic evening. Here are a few photos from the night. Enjoy!

Tierra Blanco

Last week my friend, Randy, and I took a ride out to Tierra Blanco. It’s a small town about 1.5 hours from San Miguel de Allende. The town has a couple of churches and a jardin in the center. We had lunch at a small “cafe” which consisted of a woman cooking out on the sidewalk and a single table inside. We enjoyed some delicious gorditas. We got a little lost on the way home, but the route actually worked out well.

Locos Parade

The Locos parade is an annual and I was ready for the crazy… or so I thought. I arrived a little early to scope out a place to get some photos. I ended up sitting on top of the wall of the Hotel Aldea. I thought it would be a good spot and it was until just before the parade. About 5 minutes before the parade arrived the entire audience sitting below me got up and moved forward 6-8 feet towards the parade route. At that point all I could see were a bunch of umbrellas. The folks turn their umbrellas upside-down so they can catch the candy being thrown by the parade participants. Who knew?

Anyway, I didn’t get the photos I was hoping for, but there’s always next year. Here are some photos of the day. Enjoy!

Simply Loco

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the annual Locos parade when Mexicans strut their loco costumes and such. A group has been practicing all week. In fact, they’ve now paraded down our street five times this week. Last night, they paraded by the house at 10:00pm and this morning we were awakened by fireworks and church bells at 6:00am. The kids weren’t too happy about the fireworks as they sounded like they were just outside our front door. Anyway, here are a few of the characters from the practice parade. Enjoy!

S.O.M.E. Portraits

I’ve been taking photos of the seniors and volunteers at S.O.M.E. I started out just taking some photos of the wonderful seniors, but now I’ve been getting prints made for them and I think they really enjoy them. I was told that the seniors will use the photos on their alters for Did de Los Muertos. How cool! Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

It’s Thursday… Let’s Have a Parade

I never really know why, but there seems to be a parade every week for something. I figure it’s Thursday is a good enough excuse. We’ve have two parades come by our house this week. I was able to grab my camera last night and snap a few photos. Enjoy!

Visiting Ensenada

Bill and I decided to get out of San Miguel for a few days so we caught and flight to Tijuana and then drove down to Ensenada. We stayed in a wonderful hotel called Punta Morro and saw most of the sights.

Our favorite part of the trip was when we drove to La Bufadora (the blower). It’s a small town located all the way out on the southern point of the Ensenada bay. Their claim-to-fame is one of the largest natural ocean blow holes. It was amazing and my photos don’t do it justice. Here’s a collection of photos from our trip. Enjoy!

Mineral de Pozos

Yesterday, we visited Mineral de Pozos. It’s a quaint little town about 45 minutes from San Miguel de Allende. We had lunch at the Hotel Posada de las Minas which is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the city. While having lunch we met a very nice gentleman named Alex who agreed to take us to one of the old mines on the edge of town. We visited the Mina de Triangulo hacienda where they used to mine gold, silver, mercury and several other minerals. Alex was very knowledgeable about the mine and told us that at one point over 7,000 miners were killed when one of the mines flooded. It’s a fascinating place and we hope to return to see more. Here are a few photos from our day trip. Enjoy!