La Presa Allende

My friend Randy and I took his 4-wheel budgie out to the La Press Wednesday morning. Although I’ve driven past the La Press at least 100 times, I had never visited the shore. I didn’t realize it was such a robust habitat for birds and that there were so many folks making bricks along the shore. Here are a few photos from our outing. Enjoy!

Mexican Independence in San Miguel de Allende

Well, it’s been quite a weekend Mexican Independence celebrations. We were invited to a beautiful cocktail party at Mike and Tony’s home to start the festivities Sunday night. Their home is beautiful, the dog, Lucy, is as sweet as she can be and the guests enjoyed the evening looking over the city.

Later Sunday night, Bill and I walked home. I then drove over to Kathy and Michael’s home for some photos of the fireworks. The Jardin surrounding the Parroquia was packed with people so we decided to catch some photos from the rooftop of their new, unfinished home in Vista Antigua. We weren’t disappointed. It was a wonderful show and it even started on time. Fireworks were set off over the Parroquia and we think out towards the new Live Agua Hotel. The Parroquia was also with lit-up with green and red lights as well.

This morning, Monday, Bill and I got up and headed down to the Ancha for the parade. We sat in the window of Monet Café and the parade came by about 10:20am. This was a bit of a surprise as the parade wasn’t supposed to start until 11:00am. I guess they couldn’t wait. Anyway, the parade was full of military formations, bands (all playing the same music), public service folks and their vehicles and people on horseback.

NOTE: Bill is an ambassador for the SMA Community Foundation and the foundation recently bought the Bomberos (firefighters) and new truck so Bill stepped out during the parade to congratulate the fire chief driving the new truck.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend of celebrations. Enjoy!

A Walk Around Town

Walking around San Miguel de Allende is always fun. You just never know what you’re going to find on any given day. Bill and I headed into Centro to take care of some business so I took my camera along. Here are just a few photos from the day. Enjoy!

Coronación de La Reina de Las Fiestas Patrias y Regionales 2019

Sunday night at Plaza Civica they held a (for lack of a better description) beauty contest. The contestants were dressed in their finest dresses and gowns. I didn’t get all the contestants photos, but here are a few from the evening. What made the evening more fun was that one of the contestants is a former student from Bill’s English class. They also featured a wonderful trio of opera singers and, of course, a Mariachi group. Enjoy!

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!