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North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City September 19th 2019

The next morning we were woken at 8 am for the Independence day parade. Almost everyone had a uniform although no guns. All the school kids marched and they were all smiling and super happy as if they remembered getting rid of the Spanish. A woman gave Catherine a flyer for joining the military service which she was very excited about and it's possible she won't be back by the 27th as she may not have finished basic training. You get your own machine gun and nightstick so it's really worthwhile. Given everything is still shut we decided to head to Choloula which is about an hour out of Puebla. We booked the Cafe de Frida which sounded promising with a fantastic view overlooking the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, a view of the ... read more
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Wilko the camera's here!

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City December 25th 2018

A tunnel through the largest pyramid in the world, a tunnel right into the earth and a recently rediscovered tunnel Just over two hour by bus from Mexico City is the city Puebla. We decided to take a day and go there and visit some places that sounded interesting. When I look at the photos it seems like all we saw was a lot of tunnels. We did see more but the highlights of this day were the various tunnels. So if you have a problem with claustrophobia some of the places we visited in Puebla might not be for you. Let us begin with the first of the tunnels - Puebla Tunnels. These tunnels are a bit of a mystery. They are believed to be around 500 years old. We were told that they were ... read more
Puebla Tunnels
Puebla Tunnels
Puebla Tunnels

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City November 9th 2018

This morning we are taking a bus to Cholula which is on the outskirts of Puebla to see a unique pyramid as it has underground tunnels which we can walk through. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the place where we believe the buses leave. It’s still reasonably cool and, as luck would have it, we spot a minibus marked Cholula before we reach the location. It stops to let us on. It is 7 pesos each and the journey should take under an hour (30 minutes by car, but the bus is bound to take all the back routes). We hop inside and find that there are bench seats all around the edges with a little standing room in the middle, a bit like a dive boat. There is no sign of any chickens, ... read more
Pyramid
Inside the pyramid
Views from the church

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City November 8th 2018

Today is earmarked for Ian’s tour of the historic centre. We start early to avoid the heat...and actually it’s a tad chilly! We begin with breakfast at a pavement cafe in the zocalo. Eggs and beans for me, omelette in a tangy sauce for Ian. We begin at the cathedral on the zocalo. The tower is supposed to be open so that we can frighten ourselves to death climbing it for superb views of the city. Anyway, it’s no longer open to the public so we are spared the suspense. We enter the Biblioteca Palafoxiana opposite, the former bishop’s palace, which is said to house 50,000+ books. It’s not open yet but we are able to access the courtyard. We then head down various streets, faced with traditional fronted buildings. Many of the buildings are covered ... read more
Volcano in the distance
Theme park
Cathedral at night

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City November 7th 2018

Our bus is at 9.30am and we are all packed. We have no WiFi again but at least we get a hot shower. Did I mention the shampoo/shower gel in the hotel smells like the stuff they clean the floor with? Think pine toilet duck! It’s a shame as this is a nice modern hotel but there is no attention to detail! We go for breakfast. There is no fruit and no pastries but a Mexican tour guide who is also slumming it here demands they supply it. He also says that this is a major fruit growing area of Mexico, therefore the orange juice should be freshly squeezed and not from a packet! His clients are at a posh 5 star up somewhere else in town. Fresh pastries and fruit arrive within minutes. The milk ... read more
Viaduct in the distance
A bit of rough road ahead
La Malinche Volcano

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City October 28th 2018

Sunday Oct 28 - Day 2 to 2 - Puebla Before heading to Puebla we took a short bus journey from Mexico City to the ancient site of Teotihuacan where we enjoyed a guided tour. After a ½ drive we stopped for the obligatory coffee as we had left Mexico City at 6.30am. Overnight Mexico’s daylight saving ended so several of our fellow-travellers got up 1 hour earlier (including Tom). Tom actually went down to the reception to double check. On arrival to Teotihuacan we saw an amazing abandoned city built around 300 BC by a civilisation now lost in the mists of time. The historic complex is a fascinating combination of ceremonial pyramids, such as the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Ciudadela, which are connected by the Street of the Dead, ... read more
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Teotihuacan ruins 1 hr from Mexico City (27)
Teotihuacan ruins 1 hr from Mexico City (22)

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City January 20th 2018

I arrived early to the Cathedral in the morning and waited to meet Martha and Ivan again for breakfast. There was a friendly Spanish and English teacher and tour guide who came to speak with me while I waited. He asked if I was German, as most foreigners in Puebla were German as there was a large Volkswagen factory in Puebla. We spoke for a while and he introduced his student to me so she could practice English. Martha and Ivan arrived soon after. They took me to one of their favourite spots, a local Puebla restaurant that specialises in roasted meat. They first brought out a hot broth, with a tray of toppings to add to the soup including chili, onion and chickpeas, and served a fresh fruit juice on the side. For the main ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City January 16th 2018

An early walk took me to the bus station before my five hour bus journey to Puebla. I had a window seat fortunately so had a great view of Oaxaca as we climbed the surrounding hills towards Puebla. For the remainder of the trip I was fortunate to be able to take in the mountain views and see the desert nature, birds, eagles and cacti. There were valleys full with forests of cacti as far as you could see, with the road running through the mountains. I was happy that the roads were good, as it meant the journey to Puebla would be fairly quick. We arrived in Puebla around 2pm. There was a large volcano acting as a backdrop to the city, although it wasn’t clearly visible due to smog and pollution, which was unfortunate. ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City March 3rd 2017

Making our return to British Columbia we left Oaxaca RV Park after a lovely 3 day stay and took the Auto pista to Pueblo. A beautiful drive high over the mountain passes with excellent road surfaces, a little pricey on Tolls . Found an empty lot beside a Pemmex behind a restaurant that blocked the freeway noise with even a yard for the dogs to run. The price was right Free and the owners a delight. This is Mexico very friendly. Leaving very early try to get through Guadalajara , on the bypass route and as close to Tepic on the west coast as possible. well did that not change in a hurry when we had such a perfect morning traveled through Puebla with ease , the bypass of Mexico city watching the compass to make ... read more
Black top truck
Mountain tops
Elevation 8200

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City January 8th 2017

Ok so now there is delaying something and then there is this. Its now over 1 1/2 years since we came back and I finally sit down to write this. Main driver is that I got around to starting the photo books for the trip. Talk about procrastinating... Anyway here is my recollection of what happened Puebla Nice town, colonial buildings and loads of churches. You get the picture. This time its surrounded by a large city. We only stayed 2 nights but we had a good time enjoying the local food, wandering around the cities and admiring the soldiers with their vehicle mounted machine guns. Wait what? Yes this is also Mexico. A couple of days before we arrived there were large protests and some looting over the most important pressing issue that this world ... read more
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