Viva Mexico


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Today we are going to Muse about  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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Viva Mexico

We have just returned from a five-week stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For those of you who have not been there, this is an old colonial city in the mountains north of Mexico City.  It dates back to 1540 and has been a significant city in the history of Mexico over the centuries.  Today it attracts tourists from around the world and, for the Mexicans, it has become the wedding capital of the country.  It is a world heritage site.

La Paróquia

La Paróquia

SMA Skyline

SMA Skyline

Let me tell you a bit about this visit.

Our House

Through a friend we rented a house for our stay.  This is the street on which we lived.

Our street

Our street

From this view you have no idea of what is behind the walls. Some are modest; some are palatial.  I went to an open house for a property just beyond the parked car one afternoon.  From the street I could tell nothing.  Inside there were three floors with two full bedroom suites, five other bedrooms, each with a bath, maids quarters, large yard and pool, and of course dens, living room, dining room etc.  $3.5 million US.  In the states I would guess $8 million.

Our house was more modest, but  it had its charms.  It was on four levels, if you count the roof.  There was an apartment and sauna on the roof but we never used it.   The bedroom and den were on the second floor:  the guest quarters were downstairs below the main floor.

Looking toward the front door

Looking toward the front door

This was taken from the living room looking back toward the door in the distance which opened to the street.

The living room was compact but well-appointed.

In the living room

In the living room

And it came with history.

family history

family history

The guest quarters were downstairs behind the french doors..

Looking back at the house

Looking back at the house

And there was a backyard,

backyard

backyard

which Teddy enjoyed.

Teddy

Teddy

From the main floor we had a view across the valley.

View from the house

View from the house

In the afternoon we would often have rain.  You can see from the above photo how green it was.  They have had a lot of rain this year.  The thunder and lightning could be intense and Teddy would run up and down the stairs barking.  Barking loudly!  Drove us nuts.

It was fun to watch the rain come across the valley.  The entire town would disappear from view.

View in the rain

view in the rain.

The Art Scene

San Miguel de Allende flourished in the 1950’s and 1960’s as an art colony, largely unknown to most of the world.  That has changed.

Today there are many galleries and a significant amount of public art.

Sculpture

Sculpture

This was installed while we were there.

This is a local hotel:

upscale arty hotel

upscale arty hotel

At the Instituto de Allende there are significant murals.  The Instituto was an art school in the 50’s and it advertised art education to the servicemen after the Korean War.  “Come to Mexico and study art on the GI Bill”.  A significant number came and they stayed.  Today about 10% of the population are US or Canadian expatriates.

This is the courtyard of the Instituto.

Instituto Allende

Instituto Allende

In one corner you will find these three murals.

Devil mural

Devil mural

mural de muerte

mural de muerte

Tin Man Mural

Tin Man Mural

In the courtyard is a wonderful mural telling the history of Mexico from the time of the Spanish Conquest.  From the left to the right it starts with the Spaniards and the enslavement if the Indian population.

The large mounted figure behind the column is Ignacio Allende, the first military leader of the war for independence against Spain.  He was from San Miguel which at that time was called San Miguel el Grande.  He was captured during the revolution and executed but after independence was achieved, the town was renamed San Miguel de Allende.

Immediately to the right of the center column there is a vertical depiction of a Niños Héroes  (Boy heroes) diving down wrapped in a flag.  This refers to the six cadets who dove to their deaths off the wall of Chapultepec Castle rather than surrender to invading U.S. forces in the 13 September 1847 Battle of Chapultepec.  Mexico lost more than half of its territory to the United States in this war, which President Ulysses S. Grant later wrote in his autobiography was  the most unjust and shameful war in the country’s history.

The rest of the mural depicts the transformation and modernization of Mexico up to the 1980’s, including the Presidency of Benito Juárez, the defeat of Maximillian I, the reign of Porfirio Diaz and the second revolution begun in 1910.

It is a great mural.

All over the city there is great art.Mural in the Instituto de Allende

 

Tourists and Shopping

SMA has become a tourist mecca with restaurants and shops and people.  Yes people, especially on the weekend.

Crowds

Crowds

More crowds

More crowds

And there are crowds

And there are crowds

And there is traffic

And there is traffic

MAGICAL

So, yes there are crowds.  But it is magical.

street vendor

street vendor

puppets

puppets

Street puppet

Street puppet

Dramatic skies

Dramatic skies

Moon over the Paróquia

Moon over the Paróquia

more to come

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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