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.

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!

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!