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San Miguel de Allende’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende’s botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Mexico

For those wanting to know more about succulent plants — and I am one of them — consider visiting El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden where many of the plants are labeled in English. … Read entire article »

San Miguel de Allende, a great place for women

San Miguel de Allende, a great place for women

If you travel beyond the beaches in Mexico you’ll probably know about San Miguel de Allende. It’s the sort of place that expats write books about. It’s cultured and a little exotic. San Miguel is often … Read entire article »

San Gabriel de Barrera garden, Guanajuato, Mexico

San Gabriel de Barrera garden, Guanajuato, Mexico

There is a large estate outside Guanajuato, once owned by a wealthy silver-mining family, with 17 small and exquisite gardens that the public can visit. In past years the land where the gardens are situated … Read entire article »

Lively and cultural Guanajuato, Mexico

Lively and cultural Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato (gwah-nah-HWAH-toh) is perhaps Mexico’s most celebrated colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both charming and sophisticated. It’s 355 km northwest of Mexico City, a four-hour journey on a luxury bus. I had previously … Read entire article »

Zacatecas, the most northern of Mexico’s silver cities

Zacatecas, the most northern of Mexico’s silver cities

My visit to Zacatecas in February was most unusual and very rewarding. I knew before going that it was the most northern of the silver cities, the second highest city in the country, and a … Read entire article »

Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, a town perched in the Mexican highlands with a large indigenous population, has the reputation of being a magical place. The town, and the nearby lake that has the same name, is particularly well … Read entire article »

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

At one stage in my life I organized conferences, high profile ones with lots of media coverage. To do this successfully you have to be a bit of a freak about the details. So when … Read entire article »

Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When you’re feeling uninspired by the white, beiges and grays of home, get thee to Casa de Las Ranas, the house and garden of two American expats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I went … Read entire article »

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Mexico City is great! Really. So why do so few foreigners visit, even those who travel regularly to other parts of the country? It’s because of the “fear” factor and I think it’s been overplayed. A … Read entire article »

How I travelled to colonial towns south of Mexico City by bus

How I travelled to colonial towns south of Mexico City by bus

Travel in Mexico is something I do most years and I’m not talking about lounging on one of its many beaches. I go for the history, the arts, the food, and the people. Mexico oozes … Read entire article »

Why Cuernavaca, Mexico, disappoints

Why Cuernavaca, Mexico, disappoints

Cuernavaca (kwehr-nah-vah-kah) is one of Mexico’s better-known colonial cities. It’s easy to get to—just an hour drive south of Mexico City. It even has its own airport. Cuernavaca is best known for: 1) its almost … Read entire article »

William Spratling and Mexico’s silver city

William Spratling and Mexico’s silver city

Taxco (pronounced (“tass-ko”) is an enchanting colonial town about 160 km south of Mexico City with white-stucco buildings, red-tiled roofs, and steep cobbled streets that run anywhere and everywhere. It’s a national monument and a … Read entire article »

A just-about-perfect B&B, Oaxaca, Mexico

A just-about-perfect B&B, Oaxaca, Mexico

Casa Ollin Bed & Breakfast is a large house with 11 guest rooms located on a quiet street two blocks northeast of the famous Santo Domingo church in Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s one of the best … Read entire article »

The art of making Talavera pottery, Puebla, Mexico

The art of making Talavera pottery, Puebla, Mexico

One of the reasons the city of Puebla is so special is because many of its buildings are decorated with talavera tiles, a technique that came from Spain shortly after the city was founded in … Read entire article »

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

The botanical garden at the National Palace in Mexico City is unexpected. Most people go to the Palace (Palacio Nacional) to see Diego Rivera’s murals about the history of Mexico and perhaps the temporary exhibit … Read entire article »

Oaxaca City—Mexico at its best

Oaxaca City—Mexico at its best

It’s beyond me that the city of Oaxaca (pronounced “wa-HAH-ka”) is still one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets because it’s such an exceptional place, particularly if you’re into culture and atmosphere. The climate is sub-tropical and … Read entire article »

Puebla, Mexico—the ‘perfect’ colonial city

Puebla, Mexico—the ‘perfect’ colonial city

If you’re planning a trip to Mexico you should seriously consider putting the city of Puebla on your itinerary (the city and its state share the same name). It’s 100 km east of Mexico City, near … Read entire article »

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

There are many good reasons to visit Puebla and one of them is to indulge in its cuisine. After all, mole poblano, the “king of all sauces” was invented here. And according to Alonso Hernández, … Read entire article »

Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage destination

Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage destination

Editorial: I was in Mexico again this winter, four weeks ‘riding the buses’ to what I will loosely describe as ‘cities with historic centres’. A friend said I must really like the country since I go … Read entire article »

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Americans have been coming to Cuernavaca for decades, living in splendid seclusion behind high walls where the weather is just about perfect every day from December to February. It’s just 80 km (50 miles) from … Read entire article »

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