The Washington Post, one of the US most renowned newspapers, published Mr. Gilbert Holland’s article on his first visit to Mexico. Gilbert tells how he found out that people’s prejudices and misconceptions about a foreign country can be deceitful, especially when we are talking about T+L’s best city in the world, San Miguel de Allende.
Fears of crime and reservations about eating local food had made me wary of traveling in Mexico until my friends Lynn and Rob Ramsey invited me to visit them in their new home in San Miguel de Allende, a former silver-mining town in the central highlands of Mexico.
From the day I arrived, those fears proved to be completely unfounded, and a week in March was the perfect time to explore the city and its colorful Spanish colonial architecture.
Dancers participate in the annual Festival of Our Lord of the Conquest in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Gilbert Holland)
Highlights and high points: The historic Centro section of San Miguel de Allende is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to many American expats. The multi-spired, pink sandstone parroquia — the largest church there — steep, cobbled streets and bell towers reminded me of Spain. But when I sent a photo of the scene to a friend living in the country’s Oviedo, she replied, “No way is this Spain — there’s far too much color!”
Rob and I spent a day in Guanajuato, visiting its beautiful churches, theater, university and museums, then Lynn guided me around the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, also a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to what is often dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Mexico.