July 25, 2011

A Visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Dear Readers,
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.  It’s a fun challenge to prepare and post on a regular basis.  However, this week, my blog team is taking a well-deserved rest and I have decided to repost some of the most popular blogs from the past.  I hope you are all enjoying the summer and staying as cool as can be.

On a recent excursion to Mexico, I visited the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende.  Located in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende was founded in 1542 by Father Juan de San Miguel, a Franciscan missionary who was born in Spain.  Many heroes of the independence movement were born in this town, including General Ignacio Allende, Father Miguel Hidalgo, José Mariano Jiménez, and Juan Aldama.  In 1826, Allende’s heroism was honored by adding Allende to the town’s name.  Today, San Miguel de Allende is populated by many foreign artists, writers, and retirees, who are attracted to the town’s aura and its Baroque/Neoclassical colonial structures.  The reason for my visit to this quaint Mexican town was to celebrate the successful launch of my friends, Bob and Veronique Pittman’s, artisanal tequila called Casa Dragones.  I was a guest at the fabulous hacienda called Casa Chorro and also visited another amazing hacienda called La Casa Dragones.  Please enjoy these photos of day one in San Miguel de Allende.