No. 1 Cities Around the World, Readers’ Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler

“More than 40,000 of our readers rated the number one city in various regions around the world. Here are the top winners in each area.” — Conde Nast Traveler

We’re No. 1! According to Traveler’s readers’ poll, San Miguel de Allende is the top spot in Mexico.

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Beatnik spoken word reading set to streetscapes “heavy:” man

A 2009 video short on San Miguel de Allende provides beautifully shot scenery and thoughtful and lyrical soundbytes about what makes the pueblo’s magic realism.

Amid the poetry excerpts of Andrew Oerke’s reading of “The Stepping Stones of San Miguel de Allende” and the music of Specer Brewer, videographer Alan Geoghegan puts together several fun facts about San Miguel De Allende.

In the 1770s, San Miguel de Allende already had a population of over 30,000, not even Boston with 16,000 or New York City and it’s 25,000 were as big.

The original name of San Miguel de Allende was San Miguel El Grande, founded in 1542 by a Franciscan monk.

There are 11 old churches in San Miguel de Allende built between 1542 and 1650

It was an important stop on the silver trading route from Zacatecas and many of the mines are in this area.

At the close of the 18th century, Mexico was producing 1/2 of the worlds silver, providing 2/3 of Spain’s revenue.

In 2009, San Miguel had some 80,000 inhabitants, including 7,000 to 10,000 foreigners.

Spencer Tunick in “Making Off,” Guanajuato International Film Festival 2011

In part, Spencer Tunick is famous for shooting 18,000 nudes in Mexico City’s Zocalo, one of the world’s largest city squares. What would he do on the more confined cobble-stoned streets of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato?

Arturo Manrique’s “Making Off” is a short film documenting Tunick’s early morning photo shoots in the two colonial cities, the production crew’s brushes with bemused locals and their run-ins with the constabulary. Caught in the act, will the police agree that Tunick’s nudes are indeed art?

The short premiered at the 2011 Guanajato International Film Festival.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Instituto Allende, June 29, 2012

The quiet and still air of delightful studies at San Miguel’s Instituto Allende will give way to more sultry and perfumed wafts when it hosts a Victoria’s Secret lingerie fashion show by rolling out a catwalk for 6 international super models spirited on by the irrepressible musical stylings of Mexico’s top DJs.

Click on the image and scan the QR Code (bottom right) for the link to the event’s Facebook page with all the details: http://www.facebook.com/events/157394871057429/.

“The secret of San Miguel’s success,” on BBC News

It’s the bloody Beebe in San Miguel de Allende!

“Mexico’s most popular inland tourism destination is a town with a deep sense of independence.

Filled with colonial buildings, artists and ex-pats, San Miguel competes on price and culture.

Rajan Datar visits San Miguel to discover why the town is seen as the future of Mexican tourism.”

Fast Track airs on the BBC World News channel three times a week.