Wednesday, March 14, 2012

San Miguel de Allende - Part 2

Part 1

Our first full day in San Miguel started with an early morning stroll through Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, a typical produce market. We enjoyed the empty streets as we got an overview of the historical center and ended up in El Jardín, the central plaza. We had a nice breakfast on the plaza and then armed with a tourist map, set off to explore the town, starting with the main cathedral La Parroquia.

the mercado

in the main plaza garden

La Parroquia

Our second stop was the Casa de Allende which houses the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende. The first floor explained the history of the town, from a town in the silver mining region to an important stop in Mexico's revolution. The second story had replicated rooms of Ignacio Allende's home, one of the fathers of the revolution and eponym of the town that was originally called San Miguel el Grande. From there we zig-zaged through the streets seeing multiple churches and landmarks of various importance.

Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

Plaza Civica

Templo de San Francisco

We had a mid-morning snack of some over-rated churros in front of the Jardin de San Francisco, and then started making our way down the hill towards the Paseo El Chorro, a climb up a hill past the Casa Cultural to see a view of the downtown area.

typical street in the historic downtown

view of the historic downtown

Our last stop of the day was in Parque Juarez, the municipal park full of families on this warm Saturday afternoon. We ended the day with a late lunch/early dinner and retired to the hotel, where Little N retired after a long day and D & M enjoyed the outdoor courtyard and chilly evening breeze.

cooling off at the park

Parque Juarez

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