We spent three and a half months in San Miguel which is more time than we usually spend in one place but it was nice and warm and very comfortable. We have many fond memories and have summarized them in pictures below.
This is our inner front door. Our motto. A lovely antique shop across the street from our house. Our street, Huertas, steep and narrow but two way traffic. Our bedroom for 3 ½ months, so comfortable. Our very private back yard. View from our top floor terrace. We had four levels. Another back yard view, looking at the living room, our bedroom terrace and the rooftop terrace. Our upstairs TV room/study. Beginning of “the stairs”. More of the stairs. Jim is always behind but he did better and better. Still behind, but look at that view. TA DA, the top of the first set of stairs. But after the top of the first set of stairs there is this steep driveway to the top. This is the beginning of the second set of stairs. Nearing the top of the stairs. View from the top of the stairs. This is the beginning of the stairs back down. Multiple murals on the stairs down. “We are stronger than our fears” Humming birds. This is a swimming pool at the top of the stairs on our first day. A retaining wall had collapsed into the pool. The same pool a few weeks later. About one week before we leave. Our last day of walking the stairs, the retaining wall is completely rebuilt. We love all of the murals in Mexico. Our Primos in San Miguel de Allende who saved Jim’s life November 25 2021. This is the hospital where Jim was treated for his heart attack. We love all of the preserved old Volkswagens here. We bought a few pieces of jewelry from this guy as he ran the 2019 Mexico City marathon in 3 hours, 3 minutes. We love this color combination. Our villa at night with the fountain going. Homemade Turkey soup outside. The beautiful agave plants are everywhere. Christmas with poinsettias everywhere. The Tuesday market, very local, hardly any tourists. Piñatas in the streets. Our favorite and closest bar. A great little bar with good margaritas and food. A very fancy hotel, Live Aqua. Sandy agreed to go down this street because of the handrail and steps. Lavandera (wash place) Sierra Nevada hotel and restaurant. Had quite a few margaritas here. Colorful bougainvillea are always in bloom Aldama street that we walked down thousands of times. It has many nice boutiques. So many homes and shops do seasonal decorations around doors and windows Nativity Scene in the Jardin. These perfectly trimmed trees line the Jardin. Christmas tree in the Jardin which is the center of the old town. Ever the up and down in this town Really nice neighborhood in SMA. This distinctive gate entrance we would always pass on our way to City Market which was our favorite grocery store, about a 1.5 mile walk from our villa. Just a little body work needed here (the car not Jim) We were treated to an amazing Paella dinner prepared by Fulvio and Gilda Carbonaro Gilda runs a cooking school in SMA and Florence. We hope to see them In Italy when we are in Spain. The pizza oven was specially made for Fulvio. He teaches local chefs how to make pizza in the oven. A wonderful paella dinner party. Thank you Gilda and Fulvio. Fountain in courtyard of the Art Institute This mural is actually the ceiling of the Biblioteca. Majestic very old Ficus Tree in the courtyard of the Cloister Church of the Immaculate Conception. The Bull Ring (no bull fights since Covid). Flowers for sale in Parque Juarez. Entertainment in Parque Juarez. This guy was just chilling in an antique store. And this dog (he is real) guarding the old fashion pharmacy. View from our library/TV room window These egrets migrate to San Miguel and build nests in the same trees every year. They fill about three trees. We could see them flying over our house with long sticks in their bills. Glad we got to see the Jacarandas beginning to bloom before we left Won’t miss walking on these streets😲 The balloons are so picturesque and ethereal. We love seeing the hot air balloon’s around 7 every morning. These balloons were rising from the city center. Had a wonderful brunch at Nirvana to celebrate Ivonne’s 18 ½ Birthday (she was born on Feb 29) the day before we left. Note the bottle of wine in one hand and cane in the other. Sandy thought it was hilarious Early morning departure (5am van pick up) Arrived at our destination in Boston at 9pm that night. Delayed flights and connections made for a 16 hour travel day.🙁 Enough of the sunsets in Mexico. Off to Madrid.