General News · 23rd January 2012
Richard & Carol Trueman
Snowbirds Go South Part 5-E
San Miguel de Allende, Dolores de Hidalgo, and Querétero were the center cities of insurrection when the spaniards here wanted independence from mother Spain. From Wikipedia we learn, “Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule by the nascent insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence.” (By the way, Allende was captured at the age of 42, executed, and his head put on a stake publicly for all to see.)
The buildings are limited to 2 stories so the church steeples ascend above all. The streets of el centro are cobbled and narrow and shops are cloistered away behind a normal doorway and there are no gaudy signs of ownership. Carol is reminded now and then of the streets in villages in England.
As we are here during the celebration of the birthday of Ignacio Allende, there was a parade, fireworks and evening concerts at the main square in front of the main church. The parade was long (45 minutes) and started on time; beauty queens, children drummers, military, and caballeros.
Sunday, we taxied to the Biological Gardens reserve and walked for hours. It surrounds two water dams and is a phenomenal cactus garden. The walk to the city lookout through the canyon we enjoyed the most.
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