Some photos of San Miguel de Allende on the Day of the Dead. Enjoy!
While in San Miguel we made a day trip to Guanajuato. It is the state capital of the region where my mother lives. It was a wealthy area at the turn of the century with silver mines. It is situated in a valley and the city is honeycombed by the ancient mines which are now the rapid streets to take to cross town.
Day of the Dead is special and different in Guanajuato. Students decorate the steps of the University. There is a Katrina parade that is the pride of the region.
Great museums, including the home of Diego Rivera, the mummy museum, the Opera, so many colorful homes, a funiculaire and a beautiful covered marketplace that reminded me of those you find in Paris.
Great Tattoo convention poster I spotted with a day of the dead theme.
We visited Xochimilco, an area of the city with a ton of canals. Locals celebrate different occasions on colorful barges. There are groups of musicians for hire on other barges and famillies bring food and drink. There weren’t a lot of tourists, this is a local activity.
One of the highlights of this trip was the Toy Museum in Mexico City.
Roberto Shimiza’s family emmigrated to Mexico from Japan after WWII. His family had an import toy store. So he grew surrounded by toys and started collecting very young. Eventually the idea came to start a museum. He is a real artist. No other toy museum that I have visited have as creative displays. His son is also an artist and is into graffiti. There are murals in their offices done by artists from all over the world.
I loved this robot display in a real flying saucer!
And this Busby Berkely/Betty Boop fantasy in an old iron lung!
I was in Mexico city last year for day of the dead. Here’s some photos from the first day. We visited the Centro Historico and the Museo de Arte Popular. I am so inspired by popular Mexican art, it touches me deeply in my senses.
I always base my judgement of a good beatnik cafe is if I could draw in sketchbook or write in a journal for hours there. Cafe Moka is great for these activities over a huge cappuccino. Most of the clientele are doing the same and are looking pretty bohemian.
One of my favorite sites from my visit to Rouen last summer; Saint-Maclou’s Aître.
It’s kind of hidden behind one of Rouen’s many beautiful cathedrals. Walking through a small passage between medieval buildings into a large courtyard also of ancient medieval architecture. Looking closely at the crossbeams you start to notice the many skulls, bones, angels, swords, and bells carved deeply in the wood. Somehow it reminds me of a pirate village, but alas it’s not that…
A mass cemetery built for the dead from the Black Plague, and today houses a fine art school.
What seems like morbid decoration, but what foresight to commemorate for centuries to come the awful suffering that struck down Europe.
A real hidden treasure!