|Dianne Cage: Valentines, Mexico and sand tarts|
Mike and I just returned from a wonderful time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is one of the oldest colonial cities in Mexico. It is about 130 miles North of Mexico City, in the mountains. You fly into Leon, about a two-hour flight from Dallas. A transportation service will pick you up and on to San Miguel, a little over an hour drive. More Americans live there than any other city in Mexico. This was our second time to visit this beautiful historic city and we look forward to returning one day soon, I hope.
With all the drug cartel crime and press, we were a little hesitant about going this time. They say it is mostly on the border towns and drug gangs against drug gangs. We never felt uncomfortable or afraid. Our friends from Dallas rent Casa Santa Anna on 45 San Francisco for six weeks and are kind enough to invite friends for a week or so. This is where Santa Anna grew up and it is wonderful with big court yards, monster Bougainvilleas, orchids and cooks, maids, you name it.
The historical center of San Miguel is not very big but on every corner are beautiful old mansions, 17th century churches, wonderful shopping, fabulous restaurants, the bakeries are to die for, and it is so friendly and the people are pretty.
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Dianne Cage writes a bi-weekly lifestyle column for The Ouachita Citizen. She and her husband, Mike Cage, live in Monroe.