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From Michael Reichmann's introduction:
Located about a thousand kilometres (620 miles) south of the U.S. border, and a three and a half hour drive north of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende enjoys an almost idyllic climate. It is all but crime-free. There is no airport and no large industry. You will not find a single traffic light or a stop sign.
The town is known as the “Heart of Mexico”—not only because it was one of the towns where the Mexican independence movement began, but also because it is located in the geographic centre of the country. As a photographer I was captivated from Day One.
At 6,200 feet above sea level, with no nearby industry, the air in San Miguel is exceptionally transparent. Most days are dry and sunny (except during the monsoon season in late summer), so colours are intense and shadows are strong. Houses are brightly painted, and the town is a visual treat for a photographer’s lens.
The people of San Miguel (as well as many of the other Mexican people we met) have a warmth and friendliness that is contagious. Especially in the smaller towns, people still greet each other — friends and strangers alike — as they pass along the street.