The quest for the perfect Talavera....

Trip Start Jun 26, 2004
Trip End Aug 08, 2004

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Friday, July 16, 2004

It's us again. I still haven't caught up with the entries, given the length and exhaustiveness of the previous one; a summary entry on Mexico City some of you may have read that I liken more to the cliff notes version ; )

After a week in El D.F. we decided it was finally time to move on as we were both A) making our itinerary completely irrelevant and B) Tere's Mom was about to start charging us for rent and utilities!! ; ) I lost track sometime over the bus ride through the misty heavens from Mazatlan to Durango, but I think we are not that off from our original itineray. We've decided to cut out most of the beaches after Oaxaca for various reasons. We figured we can always go back to the big touristy beach resorts at a later date and would rather focus on some of the more out-of-the-way destinations. Now after Oaxaca we will only visit Huatulco (gotta get SOME sun!) and then head back up to Guadalajara and Susie's native land of San Miguel el Alto, Jalisco (with the requisite stop in TEQUILA!!).

After El D.F. we moved on to Puebla which is about 2 hours away (by bus) in a slight southeasterly direction. The city is the sight of the famous Batalla de Puebla where a small army of ill-equipped but brave of heart Mexicans defeated the French army on a little date called Cinco de Mayo in 1862. The town is also rich in colonial history and the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We spent two days sightseeing, tasting the local cuisine inclduing Mole Poblano (Lily - It was super tasty!!), Chiles en Nogada and the many candies.

Also, a special mention to the tasty freshly made chili and lemon ladened potato chips they seem to sell everywhere in this great country!! First I only ate a couple of Susie's chips, now I can't get enough of this deep fried tastiest of treats. I eat at least two (relatively small ; ) bags a day and sometimes feen (sp?) for more. Now Susie is lucky if she even gets a whiff of my chips!

The bulk of our time was spent visiting the local Talavera factories in town. Talavera is the famous pottery from this region. They make everything from vases to sinks out of it. We have wanted now for several years, a dining set (plates, serving platers, etc.) of Talavera and have come close to purchasing one on more than one occasion on our trips to Baja. After visting a handful of factories/showrooms/store fronts, we are as close to Talavera experts as you will find ANYWHERE! We learned that the Federal Govt., much like with Tequila, enforces a strict "denominacion de origen" for the pottery and only after an exhaustive review confers a certification of authencticity for the process and end product. As we found out there are only 9 factories on the region with this certification. We got the 411 and will most likely be placing an order upon our return to Casa de Colores (Sarita - We've coined your name as an official term).

During our last couple of hours we visited the neraby city of Cholula which has the largest piramid ever built (judging by base size, not height). Unfortunately, the present day piramid looks more like a hill than anything as centuries of pillage, plunedring and growth have overtaken. We did get to walk through the piramid via a series of tunnels which was kind cool and creepy.

In the evening we packed up and headed east to Xalapa. I can't believe it but our trip is almost halfway over! WAAAHHHH!!

Stay tuned....
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