“South of the border, down Mexico way.
That’s where I fell in love where stars above, came out to play.
And now as I wonder, my thoughts ever stray.
South of the border, down Mexico way.”
–Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr.
While most North Americans are trying to escape the harsh winter and making a beeline for the warmth of the beach, not us. We live at the beach.
We’re heading Down Mexico Way to the Colonial Highlands in west-central Mexico, famed for spectacular colonial architecture, rich history, prolific silver mines, monarch butterfly migration, amazing food and gracious people.
First stop – San Miguel de Allende.
See you there,
Terri & James
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Terri & James, sounds wonderful!
Sarah and I will be hitting the road for 12 months in July, 1st stop will actually be Mexico (well technically there may be a day or 2 in the US en route)!!
As such, I’m obviously looking forward to what beauty you guys unearth 🙂
Chris, that’s fantastic news that you and Sarah are hitting the road! I can’t wait to follow along. Do you have an itinerary or are you just going to wing it? We just arrived San Miguel last night, and waking up this morning you won’t believe the sights and sounds. ~Terri
We have in our minds several places that we’re keen to get to, but the rest is going to be on the fly!
Very much looking forward to our first Fish Tacos on the Baja Peninsula 🙂
Happy trails and looking forward to you sharing the adventure with us!
Thanks Sue. All I can say so far is OMG – it’s gorgeous! ~Terri
So happy for you Terri! Enjoy.
Lucky you! I thought San Miguel was soooo charming! plus I ate one of the most memorable meals of my life there. Enjoy! Looking forward to reading about it.
Lynda, we’ve only been here one night and I totally agree! Most memorable meals of your life – Wow! Care to share where? ~Terri
It’s been well over ten years now so probably not the same, but it was in a little restaurant upstairs somewhere in the main square. Now, I know it seems unlikely to find a yummy restaurant in such a touristy area but it was amazing! I wish I had more specific info for you but it’s been a long time. The menu was heavy on meat – heavenly chorizo and steaks – but not a place to go if you are a vegetarian. 🙂
Have a great trip, guys.
Thanks Steve. The sun is just coming up and the colors are amazing! ~Terri
Enjoy your trip. Looking forward to reading about all of your adventures!
So far it’s wonderful Laura! Are you still in Florida? ~Terri
I’m still in NC with Steven. Check out my last post for an update. Glad you are having such a great in “Down Mexico way”
Great photos. Have a wonderful time. 🙂
Thanks a bunch. We’re looking forward to days of snapping some cools pics. 🙂 ~Terri
Oh, have a wonderful time you two! Mexico is on my list of places to go as soon as I can! Can’t wait to read about your adventures when you return. xx
You’ll enjoy Mexico Liz, and should visit if you get a chance. San Miguel reminds me a bit of Asheville on this cool mountain morning. It’s a colorful colonial town, and there’s a strong art presence as well. ~ James
Oh, I was there a few years ago! The mummy museum in nearby Guanajuato is… unique. I’ve literally never seen anything like it, but it also leaves you feeling eery and voyeuristic. San Miguel, on the other hand, was pure, colorful enjoyment. I love that they route the traffic into underground tunnels so people can walks the streets of the centro! Enjoy your Mexican-Asheville excursion!
Thanks for the info Jennie. I had read about the mummies, and will check them out. They probably fit in the same category as the ossuaries in European churches … interesting but a bit creepy. ~ James
That song reminds me of my mom! She loves all the old westerns because she said that when she was a little girl, that and wrestling was all there was on TV! Anyway, I hope you guys have a wonderful time. I can’t wait ti read about San Miguel de Allende–I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go there!
Leslie, you and Steve will enjoy SMA, It’s your kind of place. I’m dating myself here, but I remember only 3 TV channels (OMG! How did I survive?) and a steady diet of westerns … and my super-fav GODZILLA. ~ James
Thanks Bronwyn. It’s a beautiful morning here in the highlands, and we have the camera charged up, and our appetites primed for cervesas y mole. ~ James
Cervesas y mole is sounding awfully good right about now. Looking forward to another great series of posts. –Curt
Yep, I had a nice Negra Modela and chicken enchiladas with mole for lunch yesterday Curt. Needless to say, it was delish. ~James
Damn, I’m on my way.
Don’t forget to write. 😀
No problem there! Now if we can just get the internet connection to work – it’s a little squirrelly! 🙂 ~Terri
I’ve heard similar stories from other travelers in various countries. 😉
Happy and safe travels, Terri and James — can’t wait to hear about your adventures!!
Cheers — Steph
Thanks Steph – we’re totally pumped! Have you been following today’s events in Kiev? Amazing! Where do you think this will all lead? ~Terri
have a good trip. look forward to seeing your posts on the trip!
Thanks Denise. We have hit the ground running (except for that altitude adjustment thing 🙂 ) and are heading to the market this morning. ~Terri
Enjoy! We look forward to your next adventures in Mexico.
Thanks LuAnn. Looking forward to your info on SMA. Thanks in advance 🙂 ~Terri
I look forward to your posts and photos about San Miguel de Allende. One of my best friends was briefly an ex-pat there with her husband, two sons and dog, and I loved to hear her tales. Here’s one of her tales: http://planetjan.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/14-of-july/
I also want to hear about the butterflies. Have they started their migration north yet?
From what people tell us, SMA has changed quite a lot Catherine. We’ve only been here a few days, and can say that it’s no longer cheap. It isn’t expensive, but for people looking for a budget stop, this isn’t it. However, it is a delightful place. It’s incredibly colorful and the architecture is wonderful. And yes, between the tourists and expats, there’s no shortage of gringos, but this makes for lots of nice services and restaurants. ~ James
What a great winter getaway! Have a blast – I know you will. – Mike
Thanks Mike. we’re in San Miguel now and it’s truly gorgeous! Have you and Florence visited? ~Terri
Terri, the closest we got to San Miguel was chatting with expats at the airport who were on there way back to their home there. At the time it sounded like ‘Little America’ which we were not seeking at the time. Now we are living in ‘Little England’ here on the Costa Blanca in Spain. We have learned not to pre-judge based on impressions. 🙂 – Mike