Time Travel Possible on Architectural Tour
By Betse Davies
Ascience fiction author did it. Jack Finney wrote Time and Again about a man doing just that, traveling back in time. The plot involved a secret government project to learn whether it is possible to send people back into the past through what amounts to self-hypnosis. By convincing oneself that one is in the past, not the present, one can make it so. You won’t need to go to all that trouble in San Miguel. Say you want to go back to the time of the revolution against Spain, the struggle that started in 1810 right here in San Miguel. No need to build special sets to help you in your project. The buildings are already set in place and you will see them on the Architectural Tour on Thursday, July 21, when Peggy Jones will lead you about the center of San Miguel on a two-and-a-half-hour tour. All you need to do after that is brush up on your history and activate your imagination to become a time traveler!
Architectural Walking Tour
Thu, Jul 21, 10am
Meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia
250 peso donation
The tour group will meet in the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia at 10am. The donation for this special tour is 250 pesos. This entire donation goes directly to Patronato Pro Niños, which provides medical, dental, and psychological services for the needy children of San Miguel and the surrounding rural area, which is made up of some 500 communities. You’ll be happy to know that the tour is mostly level walking, which is true of our regular Historical Walking Tours.
There aren’t many, if any, countries which can boast of cities having a downtown area comprised of old buildings, some dating back 400 years. Peggy will point out the different styles of architecture. Mexico followed the wishes of the Spanish nobility, and when they said “Change,” for example, from baroque to classic, it happened. The regular Historic Walking Tour gives an overview of the architecture, but the architectural tour goes into interesting detail which you may not have been aware of, like baroque cortinas (stone curtains) on Greek classic homes. The tour also includes several modern buildings on the fringes of the protected El Centro area.
We have been offering the Historical Walking Tour for the last 25 years. Participants have the satisfaction of aiding the children in addition to hearing the stories of the town and its history, which includes, of course, the Revolution. Our volunteer guides are well trained and enthusiastic about San Miguel and the work of Patronato Pro Niños. These tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The donation is 200 pesos and there are enough guides to ensure small groups.
You might prefer a private tour and, in that case, call or email Lily at the Patronato office. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone is 152 7796 during office hours. The donation for the private Historical Tour is 250 pesos for each person with a minimum of 1,000 pesos for one to four persons. The private Architectural Tour donation is 300 pesos for one to four persons with a minimum of 1,200 pesos for one to four persons.