Peaceful Puebla

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hello Family and Friends,

so after seeing the sights and thrills of Mexico City we made our way to Puebla (2135m above sea level) via coach. Puebla is the 5th biggest city in Mexico and lays just 2 hours outside of Mexico City. On the way we passed some beautiful scenery including 2 snow tipped mountains and the Citlaltepetl Volcano that Puebla lended its scenery to.

When we arrived we thought that we were just in another Mexico City, dirty and poor. It was getting late so we quickly went to get more pesos and had some tacos (cheese and lamb meat) before getting back to our quieter hostel. In the morning the hostel supplied a nice continental breakfast including cereal and toast with jam. However, if there is something we are missing from home it's a proper cup of tea, here they seem to drink coffee or herbal and its just not the same.

Before venturing out in the morning we could tell that Puebla could possibly be a more laidback and relaxed city than Mexico City but didn't know really what the it held in store for us.However, any anxiety disappeared once we walked through the historical centre and entered the Zocalo (a World Heritage Site), this is why you come to Mexico!!!! The city streets were so much more beautiful that those of Mexico City, with a classic spanish design combined with a hint of French influence from the French Intervention in Mexico in 1862. We walked around the Zocalo atleast 3 times watching people drink coffee and eat breakfast at one of the restuarants before attending mass in the cathedral. At mass the bells of the tower rang out around the city, as well as the loud bang of fireworks.

The historic center is filled with churches, monasteries, mansions and the like, mostly done in gray cantera stone, red brick and decorated with multicolored tiles. Puebla is also considered to be the “cradle of Mexican Baroque” both in architecture and in the decorative arts,and one of the five most important colonial cities in Mexico.

We then visited the very impressive Church of Santo Domingo (built in 1650). I know we previously said that we were taken back by the cathedral in Mexico City but this was even more impressive with its grand design and highly decorated monastry. The pictures really do not do any justice to this place. Neither of us are religous people but when you enter such places you understand the respect and gratitude you need to show just to appreciate what you are seeing.

Unfortunately, we only planned to stay in Puebla for 1 day so once we grabbed an amazing sandwich (with ham, cheese, salad, tomatoe and avacado- for 25 pesos) it was time to make our way back to the hostel, grab our bags and make our way to the 1st class bus station via a calmer taxi driver. Before leaving though we had to visit the local bakery which Hollie had stared into atleast 5 times the night before, it really was not a let down. We paid 7 pesos (35p) for 2 amazing custard filled, chocolate covered cakes, these made the 5 hour trip to Oaxaca so much more pleasurable.

We are now in the well known Oaxaca (pronounced wah-ha-ka). See our next blog for more Mexican madness.

Lots of love Thomas and Hollie x x x
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