My iPhone 6Plus was used for this photo, and for many of my photos while I was in San Miguel. I tend to use Camera+ consistently, edit with those filters and for this entry in Sally’s Photo Challenge, I also used PicMonkey to adjust exposure and temperature. I’m pretty sure had I wrestled my DSLR out of my bag and got that set I would have missed this photograph as I walked down the street on the way to the evening’s festivities; this was my first evening in the downtown area and I was stunned, feeling like I had walked into a surreal place and time. A photograph to help me remember the wonders of stepping outside of my comfort zone, the wonders of travel.
The church, San Miguel Arcangel in San Miguel de Allende Mexico, is impressive in its architecture, but the murals have their own striking presence amongst the grandeur. Here in the side Capilla, or chapel, is the Cristo de la Conquista, a sixteenth century image of Christ.
In none of the reading I have done on San Miguel have I been able to find who the muralists are who created these works in this church; and also for those murals outside the capilla in the main church
These are just a few of the murals enjoyed for the intricate stories they tell, and the art itself.
To take a bit of a break from churches, next week,The Sunday Traveler will take you shopping at Fabrica La Aurora that contains creative art studios, galleries and restaurants.
Catching bubbles, a child plays in the courtyard of a church in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Have a visit with Sally’s Lens and Pens, to see more on today’s challenge.
San Miguel Arcangel, La Parroquia (the parish), a wedding ended and the red carpet rolled up; a quick photo before the hoardes of people began to enter again.
San Miguel Arcangel above the main altar.
The exterior of the church is a pseudo-Gothic facade with turrets and spires rebuilt in 1880 by a self-taught Indian stone mason who is said to have learned about architecture by studying postcards of French cathedrals, and drawing diagrams in the dust to show his plan to his workers. Inside, the structure is the original architecture with a Moorish influence.
Next week we’ll go into the Capilla Del Santisimo, the little side chapel within the church, to see the wonderful murals in there as well as a couple outside in the main church.
The door of San Miguel Arcangel, the main church, or maybe better to say the main attraction of churches in San Miguel de Allende; there are many churches in San Miguel that are incredible in architecture and beauty, and hard to really say one is the main church. San Miguel Arcangel is also called La Parroquia de San Miguel, the parish church.
I’ve chosen to take a little side step here today, Mothers Day in the United States, to highlight a few women seen at the church door in SMA. A slightly more somber aspect, not so much pretty; that of the poor women, who I am pretty sure are mothers who have worked all their lives trying to scrap together food and clothing for their families. And now, here they are still working at it. That’s how it goes in Mexico. The older women are not only here by the church, but on many of the streets frequented by tourists who wander in and out of shops and restaurants and seem to not see these woman asking for a coin, brushing right by them as if they were invisible.
The older women make the dolls sold by the younger women out in the plaza and surrounding area.
There are many more women like this one, sitting on doorsteps near the high-end shops, asleep with their hand out. SMA is a high-end tourist town, but there is more to it than that.
Next week I’ll finally take you inside La Parroquia.
Hasta entonces, until then.
Arrival in San Miguel de Allende the first of March was not planned around the schedule of festivals to begin taking place for that month. I had been away from any intensive stay in Mexico for a while, and hadn’t thought to check on what events might be happening during my month long stay. My trip had been planned around volunteering at Casa de Los Angeles, a day care center for low income moms. What serendipity that March was filled with incredible festivals and events culminating in Semana Santa (Holy Week).
The volunteer house for Casa de Los Angeles is about a twenty-minute walk from the Centro Historico/Plaza Principal (historic center of town and garden). Another thing I had not found in all my research on San Miguel Allende (SMA), is that it sits at an altitude of 6,234 feet elevation! I had arrived in SMA March 1st, and didn’t have the energy to walk into town until Friday, the 4th. I could not figure out my fatigue until someone mentioned the altitude. As happened throughout my stay, synchronicity played a huge part in what I stumbled upon in my wanderings.
I rounded a corner to find one of the main streets leading into the Centro, and to find a flow of people headed there. The Indian Conchero Dancers were on their way to participate in the First Friday of March festival of Our Lord of the Conquest. With this, I just decided to go with the flow, follow the dancers, and the deafeningly loud steady drum beat coming from the Plaza/Jardin Principal area. This was an incredibly beautiful and colorful late afternoon event in this incredibly beautiful old colonial town located in central Mexico.
San Miguel is home to many American and Canadian expats, but is also an attraction to visitors from all over the world, and from all over Mexico; it is home to hundreds of artists, writers, and students. The cultural aspect of SMA is unparalleled.
The return of the Sunday Traveler has been very much on my mind the last couple of weeks. It’s been hard to come back with recent events here on the home front, but here I am, and glad to rejoin all of you once again.
The month in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico was a wonderful experience, and there are a lot of photos and stories to share. Travel can be and mean so many things; my trip was a healing, and I dare to say, even an unintended spiritual experience.
There will be much more coming in the Sundays ahead. I needed to get my feet wet this week to get back into the groove, and begin again; this post is a baptism of sorts, a renewal.
The first photo in the lead, is the church of San Miguel Arcangel in San Miguel, and the Jardin Principal (the principal garden) the most famous of the many churches in San Miguel, more later. The photo above is the baptistry in the same church.
It’s the 5th Monday of the month, which means it’s all about editing and processing a photo for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. I thought I’d get into the mood for my trip to Mexico (leaving tomorrow), and work on a photo of a Mexican terracotta sun I have in my kitchen.
Photo taken with iPhone 6Plus, edited in Glaze on the phone, then PicMonkey to add a little boost to the color. After all, sunshine needs to be bright and warm.
I won’t be back until April 1st, so you won’t see me here for the next four or five weeks. I’ve decided to post photos on Instagram only, while I’m in San Miguel de Allende. I’ll be volunteering at a day care center for kids called Casa de Los Angeles (house of the angels), a day care for little ones of single working moms who wouldn’t be able to work otherwise. You can find me on Instagram at angeline.am, or log on here on my blog where my Instagram feed is brought over onto the right side of my front page.
Hasta la vista.