San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
August 19 to August 26, 2014

Terrence's cousin Dave and his wife Sandy live in San Miguel de Allende. Terrence had never met Sandy before, and neither of them had met Elizabeth. Their driver Alejandro met us at the León airport and drove us to their home. They treated us to supper at Pegaso, a restaurant near where they live.

Dave and Sandy live two blocks east of the Plaza Principal. Their big red house is at the corner of Correo and Murillo, near the center of this more detailed map:

The next day Dave walked with us as we explored some of the many gift shops, art galleries, plazas and churches near the center of San Miguel de Allende. We spent several evenings with Dave and Sandy in the living room of their lovely and spacious home. We had a delightful time getting acquainted among art-filled surroundings. A large and magnificent oil on canvas painting by David Leonardo adorns the west wall of their living room.

Painting by David Leonardo

Here are some photos of Dave and Sandy's home:



Patio
       

Rooftop
       

Terrace

Most mornings while we were there we attended Mass at San Rafael church, next to the iconic downtown parish church, La Parroquia. We had breakfast each day at Cafe San Agustín or Café la Parroquia or Café Mama Mía. We spent several mornings exploring more of downtown San Miguel. We bought a few gifts for ourselves and others.



Cafe San Agustín
       

Café la Parroquia
       

Café Mama Mía

One afternoon, Dave drove us to visit his dad (Terrence's uncle Don) at Los Labradores, Don lives there in a senior assisted living residence called Cielito Lindo. We showed him photos from Terrence and Constance's 40th wedding anniversary celebration, and from Terrence's recent 80th birthday party. We enjoyed an afternoon luau dinner with Don and the other residents and the staff.



Don's Suite




Don, Terrence and Elizabeth
       

Luau dinner on the terrace at Cielito Lindo

Another afternoon, Dave and Sandy drove us to a resort called Los Senderos. They treated us to dinner at the restaurant there. The restaurant walls are floor-to-ceiling glass, giving the diners a marvelous view of the surrounding countryside.



Restaurant at Los Senderos




Seen from the restaurant
       

Olive grove at Los Senderos

Late one morning we went on a bus tour of San Miguel de Allende. The hour and a half guided tour was a valuable survey of the historical figures, art and architecture of this beautiful city. The bus took us around the central portion of San Miguel, with several photo op stops and with a moment by moment description of the sights and their history. We spent Saturday evening at El Jardín, the tree-filled plaza opposite La Parroquia, watching the mojigangas (clowns on stilts) and other entertainers, and listening to the music of several mariachi groups.



At a stop on the bus ride
       

San Miguel from El Mirador
       

La Parroquia


Church of San Francisco
       

Hotel near Los Lavaderos
       

Los Lavaderos
       

El Jardín and La Parroquia

Another afternoon Dave and Sandy took us to the Instituto Allende, where we enjoyed viewing the work of several artists. We were especially attracted to the huge mural of Mexican history. It had been painted many years ago by David Leonardo, who happened to be at the Instituto that day. He gave us a warm welcome and showed us some of his current work. He autographed our copies of his book El Regreso de los Dioses (The Return of the Gods). He gave us a half hour of his time explaining the mural. Dave and Sandy treated us to dinner at a lovely patio restaurant nearby.



Terrence, Elizabeth, David Leonardo, Sandy and Dave
       

With artist David Leonardo at the Instituto Allende
       
Click here for pictures of the mural at the Instituto Allende

Alejandro drove us to the León airport for our trip home. San Miguel de Allende and the gracious hospitality of Dave and Sandy will be in our memories for many years.

Here's a more recent photo of Dave (left) and Sandy (right) with Dave's dad (Terrence's uncle Don), Dave's daughters Megan and Ann, and Ann's children Sofia and Cash. Four generations!