Friday, June 24, 2005
Queretaro y San Miguel de Allende
We had a very easy time driving from San Juan Teotihuacan to Querétaro. The road was well signed and we didn’t get lost once. Imagine!! The scenery was simply amazing. Ribbons of green and spring green and brown on the bottom and grey and grey-blue mountains with overcast sky. Yellows and tans filled in the tierra and bright orange, sky blue, magenta and red homes dotted the landscape. We came down a huge amount of altitude from Pachuca and passed a large area of balnearios. These were HUGE water parks with numerous slides and tubes. The kids were dying to stay but the weather was cool and we were pushing for the border. Yeah. Were. Still not sure what we’re going to do, but we simply do not want to rush through this area. On paper it looked good, but we are loving the colonial architechture, the hills and mountains that Jamie can ride and the artesenia.
We are currently camped outside a Pemex station at a motel - no electricity or bathrooms, but for 30 pesos the family can get a key to a room and take showers. A wonderful restaurant is nearby and while some entrees are in the 85-100 peso range, they also have very reasonable 40 peso dishes. The kids have been introduced to enchiladas (nothing like the ones in the states) and absolutely LOVE them.
We took a daytrip into San Miguel de Allende yesterday. Besides being a huge gringo town, it is one of the towns that began the Mexican independence. The rebels were supposed to begin their fight for Spanish independence in Querétaro, but word got to the Spanish so Allende and Hidalgo began with the takeover of Dolores (then not named Dolores Hidalgo) then to San Miguel and then to Querétaro and San Luis Potosí. We visited art galleries and the Center of Bellas Artes (Fine Arts) where we saw sculpters, painters and other artists at their craft. The town of San Miguel de Allende is simply indescribable. It is absolutely The Most Beautiful Town we’ve visited yet.
There is so much more, but Jamie is out on the road and we need to go pick him up. We’re absolutely LOVING this part of the country and are loathe to zip through it. When I get to town (and post this) I’ll be researching vehicle insurance and trying to obtain a month more policy so we can amble through this area. Guanajuato, Querétaro, and Zacatecas are simply NOT areas to burn rubber through. We could spend months in each state.