This being a repeat visit to San Miguel de Allende, I set my intentions to make some new discoveries this year. In a town this small, that is not so easy after four or five visits. Or so I thought…. Continue reading
The internet is such a blessing and a curse. I can’t bear to think back on how hard it was to make travel arrangements back in the “olden days” before the likes of Trip Advisor, Frommers, and a few dozen blogger opinions on every destination under the UN. As an ex-travel agent, I have no desire to return to the days of the OAG and waiting on hold for the airlines while hand-writing tickets.
However, the speed at which popular travel destinations can now become “too popular” can certainly kill a good “discovery buzz” in a hurry. Continue reading
Off and on for the past several years, some faction of my family has made a trek to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to celebrate the holiday season. This year, my brother Don and I planned to start the new year right by spending the month of January across the border in our “home away from home.” Eager to outrun the dropping mercury, Continue reading
I made a fast, less than graceful exit from San Miguel….
We had decided to leave on the first available bus early Saturday morning in order to maximize my two weeks of vacation. The taxi would pick us up at 6:15am for the 7:00am bus bound for Oaxaca. Continue reading
When one is house sitting, there’s a fine line in knowing how to behave like guests versus “making oneself at home.” Is it still acceptable protocol to treat the house as your own, as long as you do so respectfully? Continue reading
I always figure a good way to judge the historical beauty and cultural richness of a destination is to check the UNESCO World Heritage Listing. At 31 sites, Mexico has more than most, but for good reason.
Whenever I tell my friends I am vacationing in Mexico, I usually get comments like “Which coast?” or “Just throw in a swimsuit, some sunscreen, and a pair of flip flops, and that’s all you need, right?” It is such a pity that as Mexico’s closest neighbor, US citizens probably have the least amount of knowledge of all that the country has to offer. Thankfully, UNESCO has not taken the same “sun-centric” view.
Before they left for Italy, the owners of the house where we are staying threw a little dinner party to introduce us to some of their closest friends so we would have contacts while they were away. Over dinner, there was talk of “the ranch,” and how we simply must go for a visit. I am thinking, “Okay, well after growing up on a farm, you’ve seen one ranch, you’ve seen ‘em all,” Continue reading
My very favorite excursion outside of San Miguel is a trip to La Gruta Hot Springs, a place much more beautiful than the Spanish translation of the English title, “The Grotto.” Continue reading
I always have my own personal list of “must visits” when I am in San Miguel de Allende. Such was the case during my last visit, New Years Eve, 2010. Continue reading
Mercados de Mexico, the Mega to the Mini…
One of our first stops in San Miguel was to stock up at the Mega, a gigantic supermarket where you can buy anything from “breads to treads.” Continue reading