San Miguel de Allende’s colorful, low-key vibe charms visitors

A February-15th  article in the San Francisco Chronicle– California’s newspaper of record. As one San Miguel resident says: “Life is just so easy here.” (Click on the image to read the article and see the slideshow)  

Article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/02/15/mexico_mix_san_miguel.DTL#ixzz1mU0Wi7Lt

Slideshow: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/g/a/2012/02/15/mexico_mix_san_miguel.DTL&object=

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San Miguel de Allende, El Corazón de Mexico

Stunning ariel footage of San Miguel’s rooftops and cupolas domes and spires. Alight on the cobble-stone streets for more of this pueblo’s architectural splendors. Visit the awesome interiors of the churches (this part goes on a tad too long perhaps). Experience some of the true-to-life and magical moments that always seem to happen in this town’s lively streets and vibrant squares.

An epic video by the local and state tourism authorities. Gobsmacking, really.

Royal and Kapp’s “San Miguel”

A whacky music video from the early 80s when San Miguel de Allende was an empty, sun-bleached pueblito.  It looks like a ghost town compared with today’s hustle and bustle.

Spoiler alert: at the end, the Paroquia blasts off from Jardin like a space rocket. ¡Que, wait for it, chingon!

The lyrics are genius, including the chorus: “In San Miguel, Shan-gri-la,/In San Miguel it can be hell,/Shan-gri-la”