Today we are going to Muse about San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Getting Ready to Leave
We are going to head out for Mexico soon. This time we are flying and taking Teddy, our dog. Several times in the past we have driven down but that is a long trip. We go to San Miguel de Allende. Driving, it takes five days going down and four to return. That is a long trip, so we are flying.
San Miguel de Allende is a small picturesque city in the central mountains north of Mexico City. It dates back to the 1400’s.
Today it is a world heritage site, home to art galleries, tiendas, theaters, fine restaurants and much history. It was one of the three cities in which the Mexican Revolution for independence from Spain started in 1810. Originally it was known as San Miguel el Grande but the name was changed after the revolution. The military commander who led the insurrection was from San Miguel. His name was Ignatio Allende. He did not survive the conflict, but he is a hero to the nation.
In the center of the old town is the Jardin, or park.
And at one end of the square is Allende’s house, now a museum, Museo Casa de Allende. It is the building on the left.
You can’t see here, but the building is an entire city block. This was built before 1800! Many of the buildings in San Miguel de Allende would have eclipsed those of our country at the time. An interesting bit of trivia: In 1810, at the start of the Mexican Revolution, San Miguel de Allende was bigger than New York City.
So we are heading down as we have many times before. We now know people so it is a time of catching up. They even have croquet. To my knowledge it is the only place in latin America that does.
They also have ruins.
And hot springs
So when you are thinking of somewhere to which you can escape, you might consider San Miguel de Allende in the mountains of Mexico. It is a special place.
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