You go up to El Charco del Ingenio, a remarkable nature preserve where there is an enormous botanical collection of cacti and other Mexican plants…another view you’ve seen today that is simply incredible.
Take a short walk down Cardo over to Juarez Park. You’ll see a number of San Miguel artists like Julyanna and Mauricio who produce gifted masterpieces and sell them at next-to-nothing prices. You delight in the way Julyanna captured Frida Kahlo’s eyes and how Mauricio constructed the 3D pieces on all of the dogs in Juarez Park. Two pieces are yours before you leave the park.
You indulge in one of their pineapple margaritas. They’re so good but you resist ordering a second. Afterall, you’re saving yourself for the rooftops.
You wander down to Fábrica La Aurora which houses the largest collection of contemporary art galleries and design studios. You’re totally inspired. It’s the first Saturday of the month so there’s an art walk. You get a chance to meet some of the great artists who make their home here…Dee Ropers, Rae Miller and Merry Calderoni.
You are amazed at the number of talented women in this town and wish you were part of the sisterhood. It’s strong…like business owners Patrice Wynn (Abrazos); Yolanda Varela (Yaruke); and Giovanna Canela Miranda (Ave Maria). You don’t find anything ordinary in their shops. They reflect the women who own them. You suddenly realize that they love Mexico as much as you do.
You sit on the gringo bench in Jardin for awhile. Because it’s Saturday, there is a wedding at La Parroquia. You share in the joy and dance in the wedding parade through the streets of San Miguel. It’s intoxicating.
You love parades and San Miguel is the city of pop-up parades. You see another one as you cross San Francisco just long enough to sniff the ice cream from the windows at Helados Dolphy. You love ice cream but don’t give into the temptation… it’s not on your menu today.
You climb the stairs to one of the best rooftops in town, La Azotea, which has a fantastic staff and a killer view of La Parroquia.
You head down to Luna at the Rosewood Hotel. The panoramic view of San Miguel at is renowned. You decide to stay and catch the sunset. You want to remember this exact picture of San Miguel because it leaves you breathless.
You wrap it up with the fireworks and mariachis in the Jardin. You love the fact that there are hundreds of people to share this moment with you.