Atotonilco, Mexico

This morning Bill and I drove to the little town of Atotonilco. It’s located about 8 miles outside San Miguel and is the home to the Galeria Atotonilco and the Sanctuary de Atotonilco. We’re going back on Friday with some friends, but we wanted to make sure we could find the places we wanted to see. If you want to tour the Galeria, you must make an appointment, but the church is open everyday so we’re going to go inside the church on Friday and tour the galeria. The church is described as the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico” because it houses some beautiful frescos. For more information about the church/sanctuary, visit Wikipedia.

This Friday we’ll travel once again to Atotonilco on our way to Dolores Hidalgo. In the mane time, I hope you enjoy these photos.

Walking Around San Miguel de Allende

Bill and I took the car to be washed yesterday and decided we’d walk around the Ancha de San Antonio area of town. We found this wonderful old church which we were told is one of the oldest churches in town. We then visited our favorite store in town that carries candles, furniture, art and lighting. We call it Anvil because they use an anvil as their logo and have a large stone anvil at the front of the store. It’s real name is Casa Armida and their merchandise is stunning.

Anado McLauchlin Mosaic Artist Studio & Home

Today Bill and I traveled with our new friends, Joyce and ReAnn, to Anado’s studio, galleries and home located about 30 minutes outside San Miguel de Allende in a neighborhood called Cieneguita. I have to honestly say it was one of the most extraordinary places I’ve ever seen. Anado and his partner, Richard, are artists who create, along with their helpers the most incredible mosaics. Here are just a few of my favorite photos from the day. Enjoy!

Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende

Bill and I went out to Fabrica la Aurora yesterday. It’s an old fabric mill that has been converted to shops and art galleries. Most galleries won’t let you take photos inside their shops so here are a few photos of the grounds. It’s quite pretty and the galleries are stunning.

Rain and Thunderstorms in San Miguel

We’ve had several thunderstorms the past couple of days and the forecast is for more so I thought I go around the house and snap some photos of all the beautiful flowers that grow on the property. Enjoy!

More Parades in SMA

Bill and I drove into town last night for dinner. After dinner we walked up to the El Jardin to watch a small parade.

The Celebration Continues

Celebrating Independence Day in SMA is a big deal. According to history, Allende entered SMA and went to Narcisco de la Canal’s home to ask him to hand over the city to the insurgents. De la Canal refused to open the door the first time so Allende went to former city hall building and demanded the Spanish hand over the village. Allende went back to Canal’s home. Allende convinced de la Canal to go back to the city hall building (Consistorial House) with him and demand that the town be given over to them. The insurgents entered SMA and the Spanish agreed to give city hall to Allende, de la Canal and the insurgents. On September 17, 1810, the first city council was formed in SMA.
Bill and I took Juliet into to town today and found El Jardin filled with school children in uniform, marching bands and politicians.

Independence Day

Bill and I went into town on Friday night for the beginning of the Independence celebration. We went to El Jardin and it was packed with people so we went to a little piano bar, Johnny’s, away from the crowd and listened to some live music. It was a fun little place and just a hole-in-the-wall. We stayed until about 10pm and tried to catch a cab, but most of them were full. We finally caught a cab after about 20 minutes and on the way out of town folks were still piling in. It was a fun evening!