San Miguel de Allende, El Corazón de México (4:58)

A short video by the Consiejo Touristico, circa 2010. ¡Mangos–look at the colours, ‘mano!

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World’s 5 most walkable cities, San Miguel comes 6th

ImageUnable to be numero uno in every category all the time, the SMA finished sixth in a ranking of the world’s five most walkable cities.

According to Kate Torgovnick’s recent TED Blog post, they are: Venice, Amsterdam, Marrakech, Antigua, and Quebec City.

Extrañamente, San Miguel deserved this honorable mention as one of the most walkable cities not for its cobble-stoned streets but for the triumph of its residential topology of courthouse architecture and the “hidden worlds” which lie behind the centro’s thick adobe walls. “Trespassers delight,” is Torgovnick call.

Thus, the new trend of urban exploration arrives in San Miguel, where the most enthused pedestrian visitors are now likely to dive into any open door they see and wander around a patio. Fear not, they’re largely harmless, the urbexer’s creedo’s quite simple, “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps, break nothing but the silence.”

Also, accompanying the article, is an interesting talk  “The Walkable City”  by Jeff Speck, where the urban planner discusses the numerous benefits of adopting the downtown pedestrian lifestyle.

To sum up: Whether or not trespassing as an urban explorer is an idea worth spreading,   being on foot in a highly walkable city is a good thing.

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Day of The Dead Special

Satuday, November 2, 2013, is Dia De Los Muertos across Mexico. Join us in San Miguel de Allende at Casa Piña SMA. Boo now, get it? Click on the flier to contact us or write casapinasma@gmail.com.

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The Best Time of Year to Go to San Miguel De Allende, USA Today

usa-app-logo-small“People go to Florida to die. They come to San Miguel de Allende to live,” goes an old oft-repeated saying. Optimal year-round climate, historic architecture and affordable amenities are some of San Miguel de Allende’s treasures. February and March are two of the best months to visit, but the 11,000 American expatriates who have made this quaint Mexican locale their home would say the best time to visit is now.

Read the rest of the article on USAToday.com.

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TEDxSanMigueldeAllende, FUTURE=NOW, 4th edition, Aug 2, 2013

 

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On August 2nd, 2013, TEDxSanMigueldeAllende will present its fourth conference, entitled FUTURE=NOW.

An annual event, where some of the world’s leading thinkers, doers and change makers share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

 

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¡Que vistazo! Change your point of view

A “cloudy” afternoon interlude on el mirador. A time lapse view of clouds sailing by la parroquia in January 2013.

Now, doesn’t that feel better?

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House Hunting in … Mexico, New York Times, Dec. 5, 2012

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In early December, a New York Times article, in Great Homes and Destinations, an International Real Estate section, contained an overview of San Miguel de Allende’s current real estate market. In recovery mode since 2008, when prices dropped 25% – 30%, today sales are up. However, bargain hunting snowbirds seeking rock bottom deals, are driving the volume, continuing the downward pressure on prices. In addition, Mexican purchasers are increasingly entering the fray, especially in the middle-range. There are Canadians too, eh, wielding fattened loonies.

LINK: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/greathomesanddestinations/real-estate-in-mexico.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

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