March 2007 visit. We make it a point to come here on every visit, and we are never disappointed. Dine in the central courtyard, with live music, or in a quiet side room. Either way the service is very good and the food great - lots of Mexican traditional sauces such as a black mole or a coloradito on pork, a mole poblano and chicken, plus plenty of seafood and steak choices. Without drinks and wine not so expensive. any of the elegant Mexican sauces
Nice-to-see: Mariachi in the Main Square
Mariachi groups gather at night into San Miguel's Main Square, providing good chance for a serenade or just for listening at some traditional music.
Indeed Mariachi is from the state of Jalisco, West of the state of Guanajuato, but you will find Mariachi all throughout Central Mexico and in San Miguel as well. You will recognize Mariachi players in the Main Square from their traditional outfit (though the ones I saw did not wear the traditional large hats) and the instruments they play such as trumpets, violins and different types of traditional guitars. Just approach one of the player and hire the band to play for you.
San Miguel de Allende
"Upgrading my pages here"
San Miguel de Allende is one of those places that you just know, once you've been. You'll one day return.
I've stayed here twice now, and enjoyed it very much.
There are alot of people from other countries living here, Canada, the united states, germany, the list goes on, and you'll understand as soon as you experience it, why that is, the town is beautiful. It's got modern things as well as very old, some may even think backward. If you seek a quiet vacation spot, this is a good bet, but at the same time, there are exciting things to get upto as well.
I came across a few schools here, from the smaller art and computer classes, to even larger full-on courses. It seemed the perfect spot for these. Relax and learn.
"Discover the uniqueness of San Miguel de Allende"
There are many shops you'll find to browse in and spend your peso's, very many excellent crafts people work out of here, and even some they import from. Such as artisans in larger cities like Oaxacca in the south-west.
"A Little Needed Help"
If you haven't quite mastered the Spanish tongue yet, or any other language, there is a handy little booklet titled: The Wordless Travel Book.
Even if your grasp of the language is okay, you can still find some use of this book. I could have used it, in a few places.
San Miguel de Allende
"A touch of Europe in Mexico"
When we lived in Southern California, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day weekend (third Monday in January) by traveling to Mexico -- not because there is any real significant connection there, but because both our firms were closed on that Monday. So, what better place to spend a three day weekend in January? Our goal was to go somewhere new in Mexico every year. Much of the fun was picking a spot in Mexico we had never been to before.
One of my favorite places was San Miguel de Allende in the Central Highlands, north of Mexico City.
San Miguel de Allende has a unique mix of cultures. The architecture has a very strong Spanish-European influence, giving the city a distinct European feel. The city is also home to many US ex pats, including artists and writers. Shops, restaurants, galleries and hotels in the central part of the city are quite upscale.
We happened to be there on January 21, which is the day San Miguelenses remember the founder of their city, celebrating the birthday of Ignacio Allende with parades. Even the school children participate. They were so adorable - I couldn't resist featuring them on my intro!