1 We landed at this very modern and well-used facility. The airport helps traffic in and out of San Miguel de Allende move smoothly.
2 The landscape was beautiful all along the drive to San Miguel de Allende.
3 We passed by many chicken farms, which are used for eggs and for meat.
4 The landscape is good for cattle and sheep grazing, as well as for farming corn and hay.
5 Most towns have entrance arches or gateways, like this one.
6 Another archway
7 We passed by this hotel and many little villages, food stalls, and tiny markets.
8 I loved this rustic door way.
9 Notice the very healthy nopales, or prickly pear cactus? When the prickly spines are removed, the fleshy pads are used in a variety of Mexican cuisine dishes.
10 In Mexico, many buildings are painted with bright pinks, oranges, rusts, yellows, and sometimes an unusual blue.
11 The overhead wires in San Miguel are, little by little, being buried in the cobblestone streets.
12 This is a small pottery selling local wares.
13 This is the view of San Miguel from a terrace of Casa Chorro, the Pittmans' beautiful home.
14 The town of San Miguel is quite sprawling, but most of it is accessible by foot, by bus, or by car.
15 The churches are really magnificent.
16 Another large church
17 This is the front path at Casa Chorro.
18 There is a cross over the front door.
19 My hostess - Veronique Pittman - She knows a tremendous amount about the town, its history, and lifestyle.
20 The gardens at Casa Chorro are very well-tended and beautiful.
21 Fountains, basins, and falls make nice sounds and provide for a cooling effect.
22 In the back yard, there is an 18th century house, which is very primitive and historic.
23 These succulents were planted in a fallen tree, which was hollowed out, making it a giant planter.
24 A frontal view of the succulent trough with the garden beyond
25 Meredith Brokaw was also a guest staying at the hacienda.
26 On the Pittman's property, there is a long arched arbor covered with vines and illuminated with star lanterns, made in the town, which is known for its tin work.
27 In the front hall of Casa Chollo hangs a locally made wooden and metal chandelier fitted with beeswax candles.
28 Modesta, the house cook, is wonderful - her salad using fresh eggs, tomatoes, avocados, and greens were delicious.
29 And the chili shrimp was delectable.
30 Modesta's pork mole was really wonderful.
31 We walked to the center of town and we came upon this very large outdoor area lined with laundry tubs for communal laundry.
32 Large date palms were planted in the town years ago and have thrived.
33 Casa de Sierra Nevada is a local chain of fine hotels and restaurants.
34 A townsperson taking my photo while I was taking his!
35 The streets are quite narrow and the facades of the houses are high with narrow doorways, belying the huge haciendas behind the walls.
36 This is one of many water fountains in the town.
37 Looking upwards, one really notices the walls, the depth of the homes, and the landscaping, which is quite unique.
38 Another fountain or source for potable water
39 Most of the streets are quite narrow and are paved with rocks or cobble stones.
40 The streets are clearly marked on the sides of the buildings.
41 The girl in the bright yellow is a model and she is posing with some of the local 'color.'
42 Notice the plants on the rooftops?
43 Another glorious rooftop
44 Great muted, but vibrant colors on one facade
45 One feature I especially liked are the many, many planted pots that are found everywhere - on balustrades like this one, or on the walls surrounding rooftops. These are planted with succulents.
46 This house, once the residence of the inquisitor, is not a popular building.
47 However, it does have lovely architecture and wonderful stone carvings.
48 A belfry, one of many about town
49 The facade of the largest church, the Parish of San Miguel - at night it is often illuminated in a sort of son et lumière program.
50 The store signage for Mixta - a great little shop!
51 In another shop called Mitu, This beautiful chair was on display. It was made by Casa Midi (Ann Marie Midi).
52 Another French chair style adapted to new materials
53 A funky chandelier
54 In Mexico, glass bottles are very popular.
55 Mixta makes a lot of lanterns and decorative lighting.
56 The inside of an antiques store - not everything is old, but much is beautiful.
57 There was a lot of silver and mercury glass.
58 At the hacienda, La Casa Dragones, copper and tin hearts decorate a great wooden door. There are many hearts, each one unique.
59 More hearts and hand illustrated cards
60 This one is hammered copper.
61 And another
62 Each bedroom at this hacienda is also unique and wonderfully comfortable.
63 This was a beautiful headboard.
64 There are many fireplaces that can be lit during the cool nights.
65 I loved all the hand-wrought details, like these hooks for hats.
66 A galvanized tin bathtub set in poured concrete - very spacious and practical!
67 A stone sink set in wood
68 One of many cement sinks I saw, tinted an appropriate color
69 A copper basin with brass faucets, set on a stone counter, made a wonderful sink.
70 One of the showers is lined, not with ceramic, but with copper metal tiles.
71 This tub is cast concrete and tinted a wonderful color - so rustic.
72 This poured concrete tub is very spacious.
73 At La Casa Dragones, I discovered lots of wonderful interior 'detailing,' like this charming sink carved from a wooden log.
74 This is the dining room.
75 More wall decor
76 La Casa Dragones is made entirely of stone and stucco.
77 The trees in the courtyard are hung and lit with small glass lanterns.
78 More candle luminaries in the trees
79 From the terrace rooftops of La Casa Dragones, the nighttime skyline is amazing!
80 The night was incredible - strange clouds and a full moon.
81 The skyline in more detail - It was enchanting and I think the beauty is what lured so many expats to this village.
82 Steeples and towers in every direction are lit up at night.