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!

The Murals of Colonia Guadalupe

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!

So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.)

Serving food to those who are hungry in San Miguel de Allende is a monumental task and this organization serves food to these wonderful people every Wednesday. Bill volunteers to help serve food and today I joined him to take some photos of these folks and the volunteers who make it all possible. Today, children presented warm clothing to the seniors. Enjoy!

A Day in San Miguel de Allende

Just another typical day in San Miguel… We like to walk up the El Jardin, Bill decides to get a shine for 20 pesos ($1 US) while I take photos of the street vendors. Then it’s off to grab a bit to eat at Quince rooftop restaurant which has a beautiful unobstructed of the Parroquia de San MIguel Arcángel. Leaving Quince, I couldn’t help notice the very large chandelier hanging in the entrance. Enjoy!

Danzón San Miguel

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Danzón San Miguel so they held a dance in Plaza Civica in Centro. The music was wonderful and there were some really good dancers. There was a nice crowd for the event including a mime and vendors selling bubble-making guns. I got a kick out of the mime using his cell phone. I’m not sure how that conversation would take place—perhaps he only uses text messaging. And the woman with the bubble gun just cracked me up. She looked so bored as the kids ran through the bubbles.

As the afternoon turned into evening we headed back towards the El Jardin. We stopped and had dinner at the rooftop restaurant Quince where I got a nice photo of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángle from our table. Enjoy!

 

Revolution Day: Faces in the Crowd

Tuesday was the Revolution Day parade. The parade was filled with mostly students in their school uniforms, but there were also a lot of folks in the traditional wear. The women were dressed in bright colors so they were the most fun to photograph. Here are some of the faces in the crowd. Enjoy!