On the side of our bus.
The driver walks over to me and asks if I speak Spanish, I reply, not at all. He explains that this is the farm of the most famous mariachi in Mexico, ergo, the video. He then says we will make a stop o have lunch overlooking Lake Chapala. Then have free time in the town of Chapala. I said I thought we were also going to Ajjjic??? He says no and I tell John. Just then a mother and daughter (from LA with attitude) approach and also say that they had asked for an English tour, he says yes he speaks English.
A tour leaves and the gates open to allow us to enter the horse farm of a visit of about 45 minutes.
AHA the name of the famous singing mariachi and owner of the farm.
Baby homing pigeons.
The many faces of Vicente Hernandez.
Then back on the bus for about another thirty minutes to the restaurant. We did drive through the town of Ajijic but that was it. Not happy.
We are right on the lake itself.
I did love this statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We were not impressed by this town, not many shops, did not see anything “artsy”.
The water edge is lined with many booths selling the same old same old.
We sat and watched the boats and birds and fooled around with selfies.
Three generations of women on the dance floor.
Listening to Mexican music as we read.
We arrive in San Miguel de Allende at 3:15 and grab a cab to our rented house. Cab $40 pesos.
Our first view as we step out of the cab near the church of San Miguel.
Our only pet peeve are the ex-pats here. 15% of the population. We have met/seen many ex-pats in Mazatlan but they are definitely a different kettle of fish here. It only took us a day to realized we didn't care for them. I am calling them the Lululemon crowd, all the women were their labeled clothes and yoga pants and carry their yoga mats. Or else they are wearing, male and female, stupid floppy hats. They regally wander around Centro with their superior airs and graces. Designer purses and little dogs.
We really like this town, the buildings are lovely and we are surrounded by churches. You will have to drop by on Sundays for photos of the churches.
We wake to a power failure so we stay in bed until 10, keeping warm. Just as we decide to get up the power comes back on. Coffee and pastry with our books in the garden.
And I did some laundry.
Flor, the maid, arrived around noon and I was asked her for the bus directions. She told me to go to Eco street, we can see it from the upper balcony, and wait in front of the pink house.
The bus arrives, $5 pesos (remember there are 13 pesos to the Canadian dollar) each and we climb aboard. Not quite the air conditioned comfort of Mazatlan buses. The streets are cobblestone and it is a rickety ride. We get off at the BOTTOM of Canal St. This is a city of steep streets. But what a view!
Immaculate Conception which we had visited yesterday. You will have to wait for the inside photos.
The next two photos are of a bank branch.
Not sure what this is but it was a hilly arduous walk up to it!
So many pretty courtyards.
We decide to look for a couple of more churches and I did some shopping along the way. Very dangerous town for shopping!!!
Preparing nopales or also known as cactus paddles.
We reach Insurgentes and are thrilled when the three churches are surrounded by a lovely square.
Looking across the square at Church of Our Lady of Health (Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Salud)
Plaza Cívica Ignacio Allende, where a large statue of Ignacio Allende on horseback dominates. Allende, the city’s namesake, was a hero of the Mexican War of Independence.
We didn't buy anything but we will come in one morning and pick up our groceries. Even though Mega is around the corner it is much nicer to shop local and support the farmers.
We spend the day relaxing and then catch the bus around 5 PM, the bus was crowded so I sat at the back and John stood. This bus had an assistant and he made one of the kids move from the front seat so that John and I could sit together. Nice.
A couple of photos once we get off the bus.
St Paul's English Anglican church.
We are heading to have cocktails on a rooftop patio bar at the Rosewood.
This is a rather ritzy hotel rates are over $500 US dollars a night. Seriously??
We decide to have dinner in 1826 the restaurant downstairs. Yummy yummy bread especially the chipotle and onion.
An amuse bouche is served, mushroom.
A salad is also included.
John has salmon with risotto.
I ordered suckling pig as it had been so delicious in the tacos. Served with sweet potato, it was a little dry and John commented to the server. The plate was immediately brought to the chef at the open kitchen (right in front of me) and the chef as well as several others tasted it. The server, maitre d and manager approached and apologized and remove it from the bill.
More complimentary - truffles.
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