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!
Today is Good Friday and there was lots of activity in the El Jardin. Here are some photos of the procession from the Parroquia. Enjoy!
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!
Sunday was the day San Miguel de Allende hosts Easter processions. It’s also a day when the local weavers create religious symbols from palm fronds to celebrate the day. Here are some photos from the Sunday’s Easter processions. Enjoy!
“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!
This weekend was the chalk drawing exhibition. Artists from all over Mexico came to San Miguel to participate in this event. Here are a few of my favorites.
We drove out to Atotonilco which is a very small town just outside San Miguel de Allende. The town is famous for it’s church—the Sanctuary of Atotonilco. Our friends, Marcella and Primo, from Vancouver, Canada went with us and we had the nicest day in the country. We first stopped at the Hacienda Taboada for breakfast, then to the church and finally to Mama Mia’s for some drinks and a little snack. Here are a few photos from our day trip. Enjoy!
Today is “crack an egg on someone’s head” day. Or as it’s known in Mexico—Domingo de Carnaval. Eggs are filled with confetti and you’re supposed to break the egg over your loved one’s head. I’m not exactly sure why, but it’s quite a festive notion.
We didn’t see too many people walking around with confetti on there heads, but it was very colorful in the El Jardin this morning—lots of people, lots of vibrant handmade flowers and lots of eggs for sale.
Bill and I have been driving out to the Don Diego barrio community center. It’s a wonderful free program for the children in the area. Classes include math, chess, piano, art, ballet and more. We haven’t made it out for the ballet classes yet, but here are a few of my favorite photos thus far. Enjoy!
Saturday morning Kathy and I took a tour of the murals in Colonia Guadalupe. San Miguel de Allende is made up of about a dozen Colonias. Colonia Guadalupe is known for it’s murals.
Up until 2013 it was against the law to paint murals in San Miguel de Allende. The tour was great fun and very informative. Here are some of my favorite murals. Enjoy!