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San Miguel de Allende – a peek into the past

San Miguel de Allende – a peek into the past

A week and a half ago, one of our team members had the opportunity to experience Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende. This week, we’re reliving her visit through the doors, architecture and local colors of this up and coming city.

Reliving our trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I was hesitant to visit interior Mexico – it seemed strange to go there in November, without the coastline or any beaches nearby. It’s a city centered around it’s well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture, history and vibrant art scene, and local culture. So much so that upon arrival, it didn’t even feel like Mexico – it felt like we had just arrived in Europe.

The history of San Miguel de Allende dates back to 1542 when it became known as a hub for silver trade. Today, visitors appreciate the moderate cost of living and the readily available silver, textiles and more. Increasingly, this richly historic city is becoming an ideal retirement location for expats, especially for artists and designers. You can see that reflected in the eclectic shops all around this quaint, walkable city.

My favorite thing about San Miguel? Doors on doors on doors. Below is a gallery of images taken throughout our trip – from the vintage doors to the Parroquia in the center of town, I’m already dreaming up our next visit.

Courtyard to Casa de Rosalinda

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Bedrooms filled with vintage decor and Spanish influence

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Doors to the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel. The tallest building in the city, built with beautiful pink limestone. 

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A lit corridor along a residential street on the outskirts of the city

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Dia de los Muertos festivities

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Traditional saloon doors along the cobblestone street

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Interior – Church of San Francisco

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Hand-carved, solid wood door to entry of the Church of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco)

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Courtyard of eclectic shop off of Mesones in San Miguel de Allende

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Original architecture (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel)

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Early morning hillside views

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The famous Rosewood Hotel

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The clear night skies of San Miguel de Allende

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It was a wonderful visit and we can’t wait to return sometime over the next year. The first place on our list the next time we go? Fabrica de Aurora – an art and design center located in the heart of the city. Have you ever been to San Miguel? Share your favorite spots with us to add to our list!

 

All images credit: @TheSouthernInfluence