Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Street Scenes - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

It's impossible to live in San Miguel de Allende and not have a camera.  Everywhere you look is something to capture to enjoy.

As I entered the jardin on Friday a musician was playing such beautiful, lilting music.  As I sat on the bench farther away, the music wafted down to where I was sitting.  SO enjoyable and lovely.
 On Saturday morning, as I headed down Cuahtemoc, the man who sells dirt was doing just that with one of my neighbors.  To all those who say they just walk through town to please the tourists, I say, "Walk the streets away from the jardin and you'll see how real and necessary these dirt sellers are to us who have gardens".  I've written about the men and women who walk down from the mountains with the rich soil from near the extinct volcano outside of town.  Quite an example of industrious people.
On the other hand, over in the "high rent" district, this photo of the Hotel Matilde was commissioned by the owner of the hotel, I'm told.  The artist, a former street graffiti artist painted this for a particular event at the hotel, I presume.  I don't know how long it will be there.  Interesting.

The fun is never knowing what you're going to see or want to photograph.  I NEVER leave home without my camera.  I don't go looking for photographs.  They just seem to leap out to me.  If I were a true photographer, I would probably wear myself out.

There are a million (I don't exaggerate) photos to be taken in this visually beautiful village.


Anonymous said...

You do live in a beautiful place. I've personally taken several hundred photos there. But I left some behind so I'll have plenty of reasons to come back.


Kim G
Boston, MA
Which is pretty photogenic itself, especially this time of year.

Babs said...


Retired Teacher said...

Nice pictures. You always need a camera at hand in Mexico, because you never know what might be around the corner.

And, yes, Kim, it's good to see a post from you.

Bonnie G said...

We live in Lake Chapala and believe we are in paradise, however, I think we need to visit San Miguel de Allende before we can be positive. So, in late July we are going to take the bus from Guadalajara and spend a couple of weeks getting to know SMA. I am using your blog as a guide for what to see when we get there. Thanks for your lovely pictures.

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Unknown said...

Hi Babs, regarding your pic of the cello player, Jorge from Salvatierra, Gto. in the Jardín, I sat next to Jorge for over an hour transfixed by the sounds from his beautiful cello, a little smaller than a concert cello, and which he has owned and played for five years. When I asked him where the cello was made, he told me the cello was made in Peru over 25 years ago by a German luthier. For a good while I was transprted to another world as Jorge played numerous Baroque pieces, including the most beautiful and renowned Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G BMV 1007. Kindly email me the original jpeg of me next to Jorge in the Jardín at horacewhittlesey@gmail.com. Thank you kindly, Horace www.horacesworld.com

Babs said...

Bonnie - Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment. I've spent much time in your lovely and beautiful part of the world. The first time in the early 80's when Ajijic barely existed!
There are many differences between SMA and the Chapala area, the main one being that I think you need a car there and here its so compact you can walk. Of course, we don't have your lovely lake. SMA is much more colonial as well. I'm glad you have enjoyed the blog. Enjoy your visit as well.

Babs said...

Thanks Horace for the additional information on the cello player. Salvatierra is quite a way from here! It was a lovely, lovely afternoon of beautiful music. A gift. I will send you the photo.