This morning we got on our bus for the drive from Mexico City to Puebla, about a two hour drive. We were on the toll freeways, which were very nice roads. After miles of urban sprawl, we went through some wooded hill country to the next large valley where Puebla is located. We could see the snow covered mountains at one point. Puebla is a smaller city of 1.5 million. Our hotel is right in the historic center, so it was easy to walk around and see the sights. The central square, or Zocalo is lovely—trees, fountain, great people watching, and right next to the beautiful cathedral.
The architecture and street layout definitely reflects the colonial heritage. Unlike Mexico City that was built on the ruins of the Aztec city, Puebla was built from the ground up starting in 1531, and the center has a very European feel. We enjoyed the walking tour past beautiful buildings, and along the ‘candy street’ with one sweet shop after another (including some sampling). One of the major crafts is Talavera pottery, and we were able to visit a factory where we could see the process (and shop). The tour ended in the open market, with some fun browsing.
After a short rest, we went out for a stroll around the square in the evening and called it a day. Puebla is lovely, and would be a great place to stay for a while, but we are off to Oaxaca in the morning!
I'm running late--posting this in Oaxaca!