“San Miguel de Allende – A very successful home exchange As part of a trip through Mexico, we have made a home exchange with Kathy and Frank which gave us the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is a really beautiful city, full of charm and very colorful. Strolling in the streets, observing the beautiful houses, patios and historical monuments, relaxing on the benches, enjoying the nice terraces with beautiful views, soaking in the Mexican atmosphere … all of that is a real treat. The house of Kathy and Frank is superb. Its design is breathtakingly original. The house is beautiful, full of light and very pleasant to live in. Various patios and terraces interlink nicely the various rooms and parts of the house. Kathy is a painter and some of her works decorate the walls, which gave us plenty of time to contemplate them, a nice experience. We met Kathy and Frank at their house before they flew to Brussels for this exchange, and spent a real nice afternoon and evening with them. We appreciated their warm and sympathetic welcome and would be happy to see them again. If you hesitate to come to Mexico due to its bad reputation on security, our own experience was that if you take reasonable elementary precautions, you will enjoy and discover a truly interesting country with a superb mix of culture and people.”
Contemporary gem in World Heritage City
Contemporary gem in World Heritage City
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The city of San Miguel de Allende is a World Heritage site voted by Condé Nast in 2013 and 2018 as the #1 tourist destination in the world. Travel and Leisure Magazine voted it #1 in the world to visit in 2017. It has been voted one of the top ten culinary destinations in the world by Forbes Magazine 2016. It is a beautifully preserved colonial town that has 23 spas, 47 boutiques, 41 jewelry stores, 13 shoe stores, 69 home decor stores, 50-plus art galleries and 200 plus restaurants. It is a walkable city that has many taxis and Uber, so it is easy to get around. On the edge of the city is a wonderful botanical garden and two hot spring spas. One can take a day tour out to the ancient ruin of Pyramid de la Cañada. San Miguel has numerous festivals and events such as Day of the Dead, La Calaca Festival, International Film festival, International Chamber Music series, and other art and music events. The variety of restaurants include Mexican, Italian, German, Thai, Chinese, French, Japanese, Yucatan, Argentinian, Fusion and Organic. Many of the restaurants have music at night ranging from jazz to blues to classical to Mexican. There are several small museums such as the Mask Museum and the Children's Museum. There are three golf courses and several horseback riding stables. San Miguel is a bilingual town where many of the Mexicans speak English and the American expats speak Spanish. The people are warm and friendly and so is the weather! If you want to extend your travel, Mexico City is three and a half hours away either by luxury bus or private tours and was voted by the NY Times as the #1 destination in the world to visit. Cancun is a short plane hop from Queretaro, a city 40 minutes south of here.
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