Can't swing a cat without hitting a church....
Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
43Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Puebla is a bigtime throwback to the colonial days of Mexico. It’s home to 70 churches in the city centre alone and all of the buildings have a real colonial feel. Hence the buildings are mostly only 2 levels (ground floor plus one above), the streets are open and mostly made of cobblestones instead of tarmac and it’s always built around a really nice park in the heart of the city where there is always a church and a municipal building.
This place really has a nice small town feel like Antigua in Guatemala
The next day we went out to Cholula, which is the site of the widest pyramid ever built. When I first heard that, I thought that it was a pretty lame claim to fame. It’s one thing to build the tallest but to build the widest? I expected it to be the bottom level only but in reality, it was about 4 or 5 levels up so they did put some effort in. If I remember correctly, it’s about 300m in length. Not sure what happened to make them stop but they did and a few centuries went by and it was overgrown and lots of dirt started to cover it. Then the Spanish arrived, found this fairly flat hill and decided to build a church on it. Little did they know they were building it on top of someone’s tomb.
While climbing the hill to check out the church, I got the chance to try some grasshoppers
The rest of the trip is not really noteworthy except we saw a beautiful little church that we couldn’t take photos of. This place was decorated to the max. When you walked in there, your eyes didn’t know where to focus because there was so much going on. Liberarchi would have been proud of this place. Again, being a church, it was a Spanish thing but the Spanish were few and the locals were plenty so to get the job done, the Spanish agreed to have some indigenous symbolism throughout the church. So you’d see St Peter on one side and there would be the God of Corn somewhere else who guarantees a bountiful crop in the summer.
When you’re away from home, you often experience other cultures and music
A small note about the picture that you see here in this blog. In all cases, I haven’t had the chance to crop or do any image enhancements at all. All I’ve done is to resize them smaller so that they upload to the blog site without a problem. As much as it pains me to have a picture of something awesome with a fat guy eating a hotdog in the background, Nicole reminds me that we’re on holidays and we have to go out and do things if I am to photograph anything at all. I’m starting to play around with Adobe Lightroom and reading up about that so we’ll see if these images improve as I start t use that more.
OK, next blog will be about Oaxaca and where I get Nicole’s flu and we discover that we have to share a bathroom with 6 other people - Nic was very impressed!