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.

Day Trip to Atotonilco

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!

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!

Day Trip to Dolores Hidalgo

Yesterday, Bill and I drove to Dolores Hildago. Along the way we once again stopped in Atotonilco. In Atotonilco, we visited the Galeria de Atotonilco where we toured the folk art gallery. They had the most amazing items in the gallery. We met Susan and Mayer, the owners of the gallery. They live on the property and their home is stunning. I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos in the gallery or their home, but I posted a couple of exterior photos in my previous post. The gallery was once a furniture factory that Susan and Mayer bought 12 years ago. It took them two years to restore the property and and now call it their home.

From the gallery, we went back into the small town of Atotonilco and this time we parked the park and went into the old church—the Sanctuary de Atotonilco. It was really something to see. It was built in the 18th century and the frescos/paintings on the ceiling and walls were really something. Just the age of the building is really interesting. The main part of the church is open to the public, but there were also a few parts of the interior that were blocked off to visitors. I tried my best to at least get a photo of these areas.

From the church, we drove up to the Atotonilco de Viejo hotel. It’s a property located just a few minutes outside town. It’s a stunning property, but a bit remote. We had lunch in the restaurant at the hotel and then took off for Dolores Hidalgo.

In Dolores Hidalgo, we visited the Talavera JMB factory. It’s not so much a factory as it is a shop with all kinds of pottery, dishes, plates and figurines. We found some really nice small bowls to add to our collection. Our friends, Joyce and ReAnn, who joined us for the day, also found some beautiful items at the shop.

Once we finished shopping we headed towards the El Jardin of Dolores Hidalgo. It’s a beautiful public square with churches on either side. It was so crowded and busy that we didn’t stop and I didn’t get any photos. Oh, well, I guess we’ll have to go back. Darn.

Here are a few photos from the day. Enjoy!

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!