To celebrate my birthday this year, we traveled to beautiful San Miguel de Allende in the Colonial Heartland of Mexico. San Miguel was recently voted the #1 city in the world to visit by Condé Nast Traveler readers and we’d heard many stories of first time visitors falling in love with its unique atmosphere and never leaving. Although we DID manage to return home, we were captivated by this colorful, friendly and laid-back town (a UNESCO World Heritage City) that boasts perfect weather, plenty of history, art, music and culture, and a wealth of lovely architecture. Honestly, I spent the entirety of this weekend trying to narrow down the photos to share with you. Rather than abbreviate the abundance of wonderful sights and amazing adventures we experienced (including photographing an abandoned hacienda with crumbling frescos and peeling French wallpaper), I’ll give you an overview here and share more in several future posts, okay?
Typical streets are a patchwork of colorful stucco, cobblestone and stone sidewalks.
Did I mention the doors? Sigh.
Touches of romance: rose petals in a fountain.
There are no street lights in the historic district, nor many stop signs. Cars (especially an abundance of old VW Beetles), dirt bikes, taxis and buses share the narrow streets courteously but with no dawdling. The roughness of the cobblestone enforces a bumpy speed limit. This is early morning, when, of course, I ventured out to photograph the quiet views.
This is Camila, a sweet donkey that was our companion and model for one of our shoots.
Still to come: the food, the ceramics, the people and a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the past!
In other news, we’ll soon launch a series of collaborations and projects with a talented friend, Suzette, who is also a passionate world traveler. Her website is a wonderful resource to fuel your armchair and real life travels so do stop by.
Wishing you a terrific week ahead and thank you, as always, dear friends, for sharing in our adventures.
p. s. The title of this post refers to a book of the same name by Tony Cohen which chronicles his life as an ex-pat after moving to San Miguel.
Hello, friends, and Happy New Year! My best wishes for a fabulous year ahead.
For me, 2014 brought professional triumphs and exhilarating travel but also heartbreaking personal loss. The best of times; the worst of times. Each of these contributed to me being here less frequently than usual and I have certainly missed you. Rather than delve into the details, a number of which I’d rather not revisit, I thought I’d share some image pairings I’ve been gathering up lately to celebrate my two photographic loves: exquisite florals and incredible architecture, most photographed over the last 12 months or so during just some of my travels. A sort of year in review but only good bits. (Missing from here are Venice, Antwerp, Bruges, Amsterdam and more – will share them soon.)
In a week, I’ll be traveling again and then on throughout the year. I look forward to seeing you here as I report from the road.
Although I don’t love winter, I can appreciate the serenity of the pale, silent calm which can accompany it. Working on this collection of quiet whites and creams from Paris reminded me of the beauty of that stillness.
And since it’s been ages since I did a giveaway here, I’m going to celebrate the season by giving away an 8″ x 12″ print every day for the next week starting tomorrow! I will ship worldwide so don’t be shy about entering.
To enter, simply choose your favorite print from either one of my shops (here and here) and leave me a note in the comments of which one you choose. If you are on my mailing list, let me know that, too, for an extra entry. (You can sign up here if you’d like).
Winners will be chosen randomly at the end of each day and announced on Friday, December 19th, here and on my Instagram feed.
I hope you win!