Weekly Photo Challenge: ENTRANCE

An idyllic winter refuge against New England’s snow and ice: this is the casita which we rented for a month in San Miguel de Allende, a charming colonial city in the highlands north of Mexico City. It’s the kind of place where Americans come for the first time, and after a week or so, are calling real estate agents to inquire about the market, and dream of changing their lives. Many actually do.

The name of the street on which we lived was 28 de abril. How could anyone resist?

The facade drips with magenta bougainvillea, and behind the door is a courtyard with palms and more bright flowers. I thought that the wonderful street name, 28 de abril, commemorated some momentous Mexican holiday, but no, it was the builder’s birthday. (Or so it was said.)

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22 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: ENTRANCE

  1. Julia says:

    What a great entrance! I love the flowers around the door!

  2. ceceliafutch says:

    The colors are magnificent. That is one of my favorite architectural features in places south of US borders ~ brilliantly painted buildings. I saw that in Nicaragua, and friends have it in Panama. Great photo of a beautiful entrance.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Absolutely, Cecilia! The southern sun, the southern light — Nothing like it.
      New England is certainly beautiful, but in a pastel, sometimes even monotone way. Sometimes I feel the need of those colors like an ache —

  3. beautiful doorway and the colours! ah the colours.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Joss, it was the colors of San Miguel that won my heart — and my paintbrush!
      I’d been painting rather somber still lifes till then, and in San Miguel changed my whole palette to bright!

  4. Pauline says:

    The door leads to a courtyard – sounds delightful. We seem so pedestrian in comparison. We name our streets after builders, but we use their names or their kids’ names – we need more imagination! Perhaps it is the heat there that inspires poetic living spaces.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      The house itself was tiny, as was the courtyard, but they were both charming. I’m not sure it’s the heat that inspires the poetry — it inspired more languor in me!—
      But the sun and the light and the colors!!!!!!!!
      Vitality, energy, challenge to the spirit, if not the body!!!

  5. Stef says:

    Just *seeing* this picture makes me want to call a local real estate agent and make arrangements for relocation! What’s the local economy like? 😉

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Don’t give up the day job, Stef!

      Seriously, there’s a magical quality to San Miguel that really sprinkles the fairy dust all over one. I felt it myself, and we even entertained a few fantasies — for a little while —
      But unless you’re rich and retired, or nouveau hippie or something like that —it’s probably best as a fantasy to cuddle up with on freezing MN days and nights, or New England ditto!

  6. Delicious colors on this!!!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      They are that.
      You can almost taste them —-
      You see what I mean — it’s totally different from New England, which I love, but doesn’t go for strong tastes! Not in color, not in food —

  7. Patti Kuche says:

    Such wonderful sunshine colours and you have captured them beautifully!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You’ve come up with the perfect adjective to describe colors in Mexico and Arizona: sunshine colors!!!!!
      Exactly. They make the sun shine in your heart.
      Thank you!

  8. With colors like that, I would feel happiness just by walking through the doors every day!! Very beautiful indeed.

  9. suitablefish says:

    beautiful door, great colors. Lovely image.

  10. 2e0mca says:

    Reminds me a little of Tenerife. Nice colours!

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