There are a lot more visitors in San Miguel this year and some restaurants, galleries, and shops have closed while others have opened. Other than that, what I encounter walking the streets is very familiar.
Here is the Parroquia, one of the churches in the center to town and the one that is photographed the most. It is made of pink stone and was designed by a local fellow who was inspired by a postcard of a French Gothic cathedral. His version is not authentic structurally (no flying buttresses, etc) but does capture the essence of the Gothic style in its soaring heights and the appearance of weightlessness.
Here is a view of the back of the Parroquia from a distance.
This is one of the main streets in the center of town showing the heights to the north. Homes on the hill have spectacular views, but walking up that hill is a real effort, especially in an altitude of 6500 feet above sea level!
This shows a cluster of modernized homes. Bougainvillea flourishes here and blooms in a wide array of colors.
This is a common site – a veggie and flower vendor on a street corner. Around the corner is a taco stand.
Laurel trees are commonly planted in town and city parks in Mexico. The are regularly pruned using hand clippers.
Buildings have spouts that spew water from rooftops when it rains. The also spew during good weather when someone is hosing down the rooftop deck. This happens without any regard to pedestrians walking below!
This is my new favorite restaurant for lunch. It is a tiny place that offers one daily plate. Today I had a very flavorful mushroom soup, a plablano pepper filled with chicken topped by a chunky salsa verde served with rice. The meal included a fruit water – all for 65 pesos, or $4.32!