Last May my family made a whirlwind road trip from our house in Oaxaca, Mexico to my grandparent's house in northern Ohio. You can see my overview of my trip through Instagram here. One of the first places we stopped was the town of San Miguel de Allende, just a few hours north west of Mexico City. We only had the morning to spare so we did as much as possible in that time.
Driving to San Miguel there is nothing to see, just rolling hills and fields. Suddenly you realize you are actually on a high plain and spread out below you in the valley is the city of San Miguel. The city is old, a UNESCO Heritage site, so the city is very well preserved. So well preserved that it can be difficult to drive around as the streets are still very narrow and cobblestoned. The first thing we knew we wanted to see was the parish church, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. It was built in the late 1800s by an indigenous self-taught architect who took inspiration from the Gothic churches in Europe. It is a beautiful church and a splendid thing to see rising up from the rest of the city.
After visiting the church and the main square we wandered around the city centre and the encompassing streets. We discovered a city full of bright colors, mostly oranges, yellows and reds painted on traditional architecture that transported us to a time 200 years ago. We even stopped at a tiny little restaurant for some traditional churros and hot chocolate. SO delicious. As we were preparing to leave we noticed it was almost 12 o' clock and time for the bells to ring. The bell ringers were young guys and really seemed to enjoy their task. After the wonderful tolling was over they would jump up on their bells and ride them as they swung back and forth.
As I said before about Puebla, I wish I had more time to explore the city, go into all the museums, and try a couple more restaurants, but we did the best we could. Take a look at the gallery below for the full set of pictures from San Miguel de Allende, and maybe even see the sites for yourself!