Thursday, January 2, 2020

San Miguel de Allende, el dos de Enero, 2020

I headed for Aurora, which is a complex filled with art shops.  Thursdays artists are often working so I watched a woman painting a bird in a frame.  She wasn’t very good and her bird looked pretty bad and soon her instructor came over, told her to get up and she proceeded to paint over her bird!  The woman just about had a fit!
Most things in the place were very expensive but I particularly liked a couple of paintings by Purvis Young-



He uses scraps of carpet, different used woods and kinds of paint.  The frames are scraps of 2 x 4s.  He died in 2010 at 64.
This artist used shaped pieces of paper to make her art, like paper mosaics.  Saturday night there’s an Art Walk from 5-7 when all the shops will be open and there will be wine and cheese.  I might go back-


From there I caught a local bus to Atotonilco which is known for the Santuario de Jesus Nazarene de Atoetonilco.  It’s a church complex and part of a World Heritage Site that was built in the 17th century by a priest who was called upon by a vision of Jesus with a crown of thorns on his head with blood on his face and carrying a cross.  The main features are the rich Mexican Baroque murals.  The church has been called the Sistine Chapel of Mexico-

The front altar-


Looking from the front to the back-


The side-

Another side-


The ceiling above the altar-


The murals on the ceiling-







It is very beautiful and ornate.  Outside of course there are stalls filled with mainly wooden, religious souvenirs-





I had a gordita stuffed with mushrooms and queso for lunch, then waited an 1h40 for the bus!  When I got off, the driver said the bus left every hour on the hour but apparently not on Thursdays.  So I waited and waited and waited.  The wind was howling and dust was blowing everywhere.  I stayed tucked in the corner of a building and visited with a couple from San Sebastián, Spain who are in Mexico until February 4.

Once back in San Miguel, I went looking for my roasted chicken man.  The Oratori of San Felipe Neri was open-


Walking past some lovely homes-



I was glad to be home, out of the wind and dust. I settled into my room and watched the movie Murder Mystery with Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler.  It was so funny. Then I started watching the series Dead to Me. I’m glad it’s only 10 episodes of 30 minutes because otherwise tomorrow I wouldn’t be going anywhere!

Tomorrow I’m hoping to get to the Mirador, Benito Juarez Park and maybe to another movie.  Things are good.

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