Let’s say you’re visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for a few days or a week. On a typical morning, you might have breakfast in your hotel’s patio or rooftop garden and enjoy a view like this.
When you’re ready for a walk into town, you’ll start down one of the steep cobblestone streets.
You’ll be constantly tempted to step inside little shops selling handicrafts, clothing, pottery, blown glass, furniture, paintings and sculpture. But don’t forget to look up, where other kinds of visual art might surprise you.
Soon, the Gothic spires of the city’s main church, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, will peek above the flat-roofed streetscape.
The closer you get, the more magical the church seems, like a vision from a science-fiction movie.
You’ll turn the corner and meet the flower-sellers.
And then you will be in town, with restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, mix of old and new culture.
In the center is El Jardín, where you can pretend you’re a character in Seurat’s 1885 painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.
And, if you’re really lucky, like we were, you’ll be a spectator at Los Locos parade, where everyone in San Miguel dresses up and goes crazy.