Friday, 12 April 2013

San Miguel (Day 3)

Word of the Day: Silencio (See-lence-eeo)
                             Silence

Written right by the confessional
 
We walked ALL over San Miguel today. We loved every step of it! Even though this is out of order, time wise, and since we started with something from the La Parroquia, we will show the inside and more of the outside.
 
 
 
 Almost too grand for words...

 Massive pipe organ upstairs....





 How many souls have passed by these doors do you think?

 
It is always quite moving to go in one of these churches. Near as we can figure, this one was built in about the mid-1700's. The scale is so big, the pictures just do not do it justice. It is just one of those things that you have to stand inside to appreciate!!
 
La Parroquia, the current parish church of San Miguel is unique in Mexico and the emblem of the town. It has a neo-gothic facade with two tall towers that can be seen from most parts of town. It is one of the most photographed churches in Mexico. The church was built in the 17th century with a traditional Mexican façade. The current Gothic facade was constructed in 1880 byZefernio Gutierrez, who was an indigenous bricklayer and self-taught architect. It is said Gutierrez's inspiration came from postcards and lithographs of gothic churches in Europe; however, the interpretation is his own and if more a work of imagination than a faithful reconstruction.
 
Can you imagine, an amazing building like this and the whole façade being done by someone who was self-taught? Just incredible. Anyway, on to the walk., Firstly, you know how I love my doors....
 
  
 




 In the city park...
 
 Little glimpse of the hotel la mansion del Bosque....
 
 

 Everywhere at every corner, there are galleries....
 


 Red cowboy boots for Doug's sister, Diane.... 
 


 There she is!!

 Look at the steps on this house!! Pretty old I would think!!
 
 
We enjoy being out of the tourist area. Just walking around the residential areas is best for us. We started to walk up to wards the top of San Miguel. It is quite hilly, just one block at a time. Again, the only photos that really show how steep the streets are is when we show you from the top. Some of these pictures you will see La Parroquia and you will see how far above it we are. Once we got way up the top, there were then 160 more steps, past some really cool little houses. Each doorway opened onto the steps and small gathering spots. We were headed up to the high cross at the top of the town. Most towns place a cross at the highest point (I think this is right, for the most part). Well, I believe we found the one for San Miguel (not that it was lost or anything!!)









 
 Once we spotted the cross, it was another 1/4 block up a super steep rocky grade to get right up there. From here, it was just rocky area. We could look down on an entirely different part of the city. Beautiful BIG homes. Some with huge solar panel banks on their roofs...

You really can't see how we are huffing and puffing here, can you??
 


 It was well worth the climb, believe me!!

 Down the other side of the hill...
 
 Hey, I know this guy!!
 
 Looking part way back up the steps...



You can "sort of" see how steep this street is.
See the La Parroquia below.....
 
Tired yet? We were!! We stopped at a nice little cafe for lunch. Met an really nice couple, Dora and Jose, from Monterey. They too, were enjoying the sites of San Miguel. Maybe we will bump into them again!! Afterwards, just more walking......
 
 The house for short people, but check out the door knocker:
 
 A bike sprocket - Josh, you should start keeping all those bike parts!!



Okay, then we were a bit tired so we hopped a inner city bus tour (took about 1 hour). The lady spoke only in Spanish so we tried to get out of it what we could, as far as history went. Was pretty interesting.



 Part of the tour took us up to the old public laundry area.
Can you imagine hauling your dirty clothes way up here??
 
 
 
 


 View from the top with the bus tour....even
though we were actually higher than this on our walk...

Back down in town. Colour, colour, everywhere!!
 
 Okay, I know, last door picture for the day!!

So, from our hearts to yours!!
 
Well now, wasn't that quite the tour?? Your legs should be tired and your heart and lungs pumping by now!! It is an amazing town. I told Doug today, after this day out, that I was really glad for digital cameras. I believe I took 136 pictures. See how hard it was for me to only put in as many as I did!!??
 
Tea is done and we even have the little fan on in the van to cool us down. See you tomorrow for more. Pretty sure I will find more doors. What do you think??
 
Cheers friends!!

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