I am in the mood for the subject of my favorite spots hereabouts.
The original name of the town where I live was San Miguel el Grande. After the War for Independence that started exactly 200 years ago, the name was changed to San Miguel de Allende in honor of General Allende, one of the heroes of that war who lived here.
A little to the west of town is a small settlement called San Miguel el Viejo, Old San Miguel. San Miguel el Viejo now consists of only a few small homesteads–subsistence agriculture consisting of a few goats, a patch of corn, and a lot of children. Poverty of the nature that I do not photograph. We will leave that to the photojournalists.
San Miguel el Viejo was actually the original site where Fray Juan de San Miguel, the explorer and founder, originally started the mission. The mission was later moved up the mountain to the current location of the El Chorro district here in town because of more abundant water here from a spring.
There is a remnant out there of that first mission, however.