Remember how I told you the secret about my lover?

By Cacinda Maloney

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico captured my heart.  It is the quintessential town for me.  It answered all my prayers about a place that I thought could exist.  You see, I have always been in love with colonial architecture, interior design, music, art and the language of Mexico for a long time (plus I love Mexican food!).   It romances me.  Coming from a strong, stanch English/American background, it was the romance my heart yearned for.  When I  put all the descriptions mentioned above together in one place, I thought the place I was looking for was in Spain.  In my mind, I thought that is where I would find these things all together.  But after my travels throughout Spain and Mexico, I realized that Spain was not it.  Spain is much more European.  I realized that it is the struggle of the Mexican people after the invasion of the Spanish in 1519 that make up these things.  It is the struggle of the people that creates the architecture, the design, the music, the art and the food.  That is what makes it the seemingly perfect town to me.

San Miguel de Allende was originally a mining town to rich silver barons (what a great history)!  It has a beautiful church, called the Parroquia  in El Jardin, the town square. The original church was built in 1564 and the towers were added as a retrofit in the 19thcentury. The marble is laid down soTemplo de San Fransisco that according to the angle of the sun and the time of the day, the color and the details change from pink to gray.  It looks different every time you see it.

The Parroquia at night.

When I talk to some of my Mexican friends about San Miguel de Allende, they say that it isn’t authentic Mexico, that it is too touristy or has that Starbuck’s quaiity with too many foreign influences.  I say that is their perspective, but it is certainly not mine.  You see, for me, it is the best of Mexico, the old colonial architecture, the winding cobblestone streets, the trendy restaurants, the amazing hotels and B&B’s, the edgy bars, the arts and the shopping.  Sure, you can get more authentic Mexico, try Guanajanto ( a UNESCO world heritage site), but along with that comes the dirt and the grime, the trash, the extreme poverty of the nation.  I am not saying that San Miguel doesn’t have that, they just keep this city more tidy than some of the other cities, and I like it that way. They are the masters of cover up.  The way we all want our life to look on the outside!

As you walk the streets, there is beauty all abound, as the people go about their daily lives.


Up next, I know of a great place to stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  In fact, so far, it was the most incredible B&B I have ever stayed at and it has an amazing price tag!  Can’t wait to tell you about it.  Here it is:  Step Back in Time




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  4. Alma June 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Cacinda,

    I was browsing the net looking for ways to get to San Miguel from Guanajuato and came across this post. This is truly awesome as you give life to the place! 🙂

    Do you have any idea how to get there from Guanajuato? And may I know also this incredible B & B? Aside from being involved in developing a site intended for traveling in Mexico, I am planning to visit the place, hopefully, next year 🙂

    Thanks, Cacinda and talk to you soon! 🙂

    • admin June 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      It is only about an hour and 15 minute drive from San Miguel to Guanajuato. You can hire a driver or there are also buses that go that route. I obviously loved, loved, loved San Miguel. An the B & B that I loved there and totally recommend is La Casa de Cuesta. Visit there, you will not be disappointed!

      • Alma June 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Hi Cacinda,

        Thanks for sharing the information! 🙂 The B & B looks perfectly good, I like it 🙂

        This would definitely add value on my Mexico travel plans as well as on the information we need in the site (create your travel) I have mentioned you I am currently involved in building up.

        I hope that when it is up and live, you’ll check it out and share your experiences with us and our users. 🙂

        Thanks Cacinda and looking forward to read more of your posts. 🙂

        • admin June 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

          Looking forward to checking out your new site! good luck

  5. Val-This Way To Paradise October 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Hi!! Are you still visiting here? This is where I live!! I am so glad you love it so much. I just moved here myself.

    • admin October 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      No, unfortunately that was quite a few years ago that I went, but I am always up for another visit to San Miguel de Allende!! You are so blessed to have moved there!

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