Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p16

Many days we spent wandering the city, exploring neighborhoods, taking photos, sampling food, and of course drawing.  The Plaza Civica has two churches that bookend the square.  Kurt and I took opposite ends of the plaza, each portraying a different church.  I chose the Templo de Nuestra Señora.  My sketch captures the vibrant street life…

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Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p15

San Miguel became an important military and commercial site by the mid 16th century when silver was discovered in Zacatecas. The town was a melting pot, first for Spanish and indigenous peoples, and later for other European settlers too.  Major roads connected San Miguel with the mining communities, Mexico City, and the rest of the state of Guanajuato, serving travelers’ needs…

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Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p14

From Guanajuato, we traveled east by first class bus to San Miguel de Allende, another Baroque-Neoclassical colonial city.  San Miguel de Allende, birthplace of the revolutionary leader Ignacio Allende was the first city to declare its independence from Spain.  Though historically significant, it was its beautiful architecture and charming culture that saved the city from almost becoming a sleepy near-ghost-town when…

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