Jak się masz
Off to a slow start this a.m. after a fix of the VCR and delivery of a toaster. The plan was to visit the much talked about Parque Juarez and then follow the guidebook walking tour in a circle route back home. Off we went down the street and ran into the resident of the lower condo who is from Vancouver and her friend from Calgary. At the end of the street was another church with incredible views to the west over the valley. A pause here to recognize what a beautiful town this is. The pictures tell some of the story. It was made a national Mexican monument in 1926 which meant no traffic lights, neon lights or fire hydrants (although apparently they recently got a single fire hydrant). Despite the homes being packed closely together, most have gardens wherever they can put them…window boxes, roof gardens, trees growing out of the narrow sidewalks plants draping the high stone walls.
Down a bit further to the park that was quiet, cool, and lush and though not big, offered space not found around homes. Through the park and we ]came across the Rosewood luxurious hotel and residence that cost as much for a night in least expensive room (which is outstanding) as our condo does for a week (we checked). Nice place. On to a busy street that borders the western side of the central area of SM. Lots of restaurants and little shops offering everything from high end clothing to tourist trinkets and ‘antique’ stores. The Institute de Allende, an art university that has played a major role in the transformation of SM to an artist’s community. We had a very informative chat about the very edgey Mexican art with a gallery owner there (and a talk about ‘Alone’ a reality TV show filmed on Vancouver Island). http://instituto-allende.edu.mx/acerca-del-instituto/
On down the street where we came across a store that sold vintage Polish posters of circus’, movies, and theatre productions. We were informed that they had the worlds largest collection of old Polish posters. Who’d have thought. Following WWII there was so much physical distruction in Polish cities that they put up boards to screen the ruins and then allowed local artists to past posters on them. Seems a Polish collector retired to SM with his extensive collection of posters and opened the store. Beautiful, interesting and its edgy art much like Mexican art. http://www.mrposter.com/
More wandering down the street and then back up the hill to home. Did we mention that SM is at 6000+ ft and that we have been putting on the gas fireplace each night after dinner.