Photo Walk Nº62 – Colorful San Angel
Cobbled streets, colonial mansions, colorful walls and craft shops
For Photo Walk Nº62 we went to explore San Angel, a beautiful quiet place which feels more like a provincial town than a neighborhood in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities. In fact, this was where the wealthy people had their country houses to get away from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City but it has now been swallowed up by the city’s expanding sprawl.
We wandered around the shady squares, along the cobbled streets, took photos of the colonial mansions and colorful walls everywhere, and popped into several shops selling crafts from all over Mexico. One of the most peaceful spots is in the gardens of the Iglesia de San Jacinto where we also got some great pictures of the cloister and inside the church. The Casa del Risco has a unique fountain decorated with plates and tiles from as far away as China but as there was event being held there, we were unable to get too close to it.
After having coffee and warm cinnamon buns at a charming little Bistro-Cafetería-Panadería, we made our way through the local market with its colorful food, flower and piñata stands. There were also lots of stalls out the front selling “Niño Jesús” (Christ Child) dolls and special clothes for them, ready to celebrate the festival of Candelaria (Candlemas) on 2nd February. On this day, they take the Christ Child dolls to the church to have them blessed, like Mary would have taken Jesus to the temple 40 days after his birth.
On the other side of the busy main road is the historical Convento del Carmen with its three tiled domes and famous for its well-preserved mummies although we didn’t go in today, and a little further on is the local flower market. San Angel is a favorite place for visitors and residents to visit at the weekends with its restaurants, craft markets, painters in the squares and the Bazaar Sábado.