San Miguel de Allende: La Tercera Semana

by Sue on January 24, 2012

Cactus cutouts form tree sculpture in San Miguel de Allende.

Cactus hearts and skulls decorate a tree in the Jardin Botanica.

Each Sunday since our arrival in San Miguel de Allende we begin the day with a morning walk around the Jardin Botanica. Located on a hilltop 1.5 km northeast of town, this 217 acre area is a wildlife and bird sanctuary. Today as we do our silent walk around the sanctuary we come upon this fantastic tree decorated with cactus hearts and skulls (perhaps an homage to Dia de Muertos – Day of the Dead).

Ruin on path near Botanica, San Miguel de Allende

Ruin on path near Jardin Botanica, San Miguel de Allende.

Cairn sculpture in San Miguel de Allende

Jay builds a cairn sculpture on side of path in Jardin Botanica.

Heading to town after our walk, an artful old structure exposes its bones.

Old stone wall in San Miguel de Allende

An old stone structure is art to our eyes.

Cross in electric meter, San Miguel de Allende

Even the electric meter is blessed with a cross.

A favorite activity is strolling around the city with camera in hand. Today we seem to be attracted to a certain yellow/gold color vibe.

Pizza in San Miguel de Allende

Pizza scooters lined up for the coming day's work.

Colorful San Miguel de Allende

Glorious colors surprise us on a quiet street in San Miguel de Allende.

Neighborhood juice bar, San Miguel de Allende

Neighborhood juice bars are a common sight.

January 21 is General Ignacio José de Allende’s birthday (January 21, 1769 – June 26, 1811). He was a captain of the Spanish Army in Mexico who came to sympathize with the Mexican independence movement, and attended the secret meetings organized by Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, where the possibility of an independent New Spain was discussed. He fought along with Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the first stage of the struggle, eventually succeeding him in leadership of the rebellion. In 1811 Allende was captured by Spanish colonial authorities while he was in Chihuahua and executed for treason. Each year his birthday is celebrated with a parade and all day festivities at the Jardin Principal.

General Ignacio Jose de Allende's birthday parade in San Miguel de Allende

Parade celebrating General Ignacio Jose de Allende's birthday.

To add an elegant and distinctive touch to a horse’s appearance, many of the riders create a design on their mount’s hindquarters. The most common of these designs, which are known as quarter marks, is the checkerboard pattern. A horse bearing quarter marks indicates that the owner has gone the extra mile in grooming and care.

Allende Parade in San Miguel de Allende

Many of the horses bear a quarter mark, in this case a checkerboard design.

We take a respite from the days festivities to have breakfast and shop at the Saturday Organic Market, where along with great vegetables and foodstuffs, we come across the local domestic violence booth. A blog post focused on the Market will be posted soon…

Domestic Violence booth at the Organic Market in San Miguel de Allende

Domestic Violence booth at the Organic Market in San Miguel de Allende.

From the market we head to the Jardin Principal where, amid all the birthday festivities, a wedding is under way at La Parroquia.

Wedding at La Parroquia in San Miguel de Allende

Bride and father make their way through the crowd to La Parroquia.

Well into the evening the festivities continue with various musical guests, a full military symphony and choir.

Symphony at General Allende's birthday celebration in San Miguel de Allende

The Jardin Principal is aglow with lights and a symphony performance.

Our day comes to a satisfying conclusion at Cafe Rama, Calle Nueva #7. Known for its tapas, this Saturday evening we enjoy a fixed price tapas meal of their choice. Trusting in the chef’s abilities we relax with a bottle of wine as we received a taste delight every 10 minutes or so. Starting with a antipasto dish of serrano ham, goat cheese, pickled watermelon, olives and salty/sweet almonds, we go on to enjoy a savory polenta with a tasty tomato topping, a crispy risotto pancake topped with a shrimp, mussels with garlic & ginger… then a sensuous dessert finale of cappucino creme brulee and baked meringue with lemon custard and fresh strawberry sauce. Muy Bueno.

Note: Cafe Rama was able to accommodate my gluten-free needs without any problem.

Cafe Rama in San Miguel de Allende

We end the evening at the deliciously creative Cafe Rama.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy January 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

Love the neighborhood juice bar photo!
What a great day… And hey did you photoshop Anita in there?
Big hugs to you all.
x wendy

Sue January 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

Ms DVSAS is here in beautiful San Miguel taking a much needed vacation with her sweetie! Big hugs back to you ~ Sue

Kay G. January 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for this trip to Mexico. I enjoyed it! You know that photo of the old building that you said looked like art to you, well, it does, it looks like a painting! Any of these photos could be a painting, I enjoyed all of them very much indeed! Glad that you were able to eat out gluten free, we always have problems with that…

Elaine Kennedy February 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Jay told me about this little town and sent me here to see the pictures! It is now on my bucket list! I’ve been intrigued with Dia de los Muertos and also wonder if they celebrate it there…if so that would be the time to go!
Thanks for the fabulous pictures!
E.

Elaine Kennedy February 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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