Two months in Mexico travel blog

view from hostel moneda roof top cafe looking at the cathedral on...

looking from the cafe across the roof line to another steeple north

right outside the roof top cafe. It has stained glass windows in...

This is the metro (subway) notice it runs on rubber tires. This...

this metro is the one I am taking. It has about 10...

walking into the Tula site, catcus in full bloom. Looks like some...

sign at Tula entrance. Tells about site.

left side of ball court with slanted walls. All ball courts are...

right side of ball court showing raised platform at end. I´m standing...

restoration being done on temple. Two things sticking out of top are...

change the clothes, wheelbarrow and barrels and restoration would look like 3...

covered wall with frescos of warriors and step fret designs. temple is...

god of death and serpent and warriors fresco carvings

jaguars on top and taloc water god on bottom, side of temple

jaguars on top and eagle eating snake on catcus on bottom

back of temple showing the atlantes statues on top and the resconstruction...

Tula temple. Guys at top are working on repairing the cement floor

side palace of colums shows the mortar covering the columns, at one...

looking from the platform where the columns are located across the plaza...

this section of columns are next to the round ones. These seem...

same square column patio that extend infront of temple steps. Atlantes peeking...

chac mool that lost his head. Poor guy

looking down from the top of the temple. Residences beyond columns

residences to left and partly excavated temple looking from top of temple

turned around and there they are, the atlantes. They held up the...

closer shot. When the temple had walls and roof the only ones...

each one is a little different. They are suppose to represent the...

Back view. They are all dressed in full warrior outfits. Set together...

looking from the top of the temple to the ball court I...

the other side with round columns (that were inside with roof) and...

looking over the edge of hill from far ball court in last...

looking from the far edge of the ballcourt up to the temple...

The catcus plants are huge. This one at the edge of the...

steps to platform in the middle of the ball court wall.

some sort of cholla catcus full of fruit. By ball court edge...

looking over the other end of the far ball court toward the...

trying for a better shot of this. zoomed view, only can catch...

another type of catcus growing by the end of the ball court....

standing by the catcus looking back at the ballcourt area. People are...

another shot of the ball court. It is so huge I can´t...


Tula Nov 17

Tula is located about 40 miles to the north of Mexico City. Site was very nice, but it was stuck out in the middle of the God forsaken desert. What were the ancients thinking anyway? After I got off the bus in Tula I asked for a taxi to take me to the Tula site. It was just a little way out of a semi bustling town of Tula located on the main highway going into Mexico City. I went to the museum part first and looked at the displays. There were not many but they were interesting. No pictures of course. I spent two or three hours and as it was hot I didn't wear my vest. I managed to get some sunburn. I walked all over the place. I climbed the pyramid with the Atlantes standing on it and was awed by their huge size and detailed carving. The site was under construction and many repairs were being made to that pyramid. There were several other parts that were still not well explored or had as yet to have work done to the mounds. I surveyed the whole place from the top then climbed down to get a look at the ball court. The area was marked off so you could see the perimeter and the inner ball field. On the way back down the dusty trail I stopped at a couple of vendor booths and bought a couple of obsidian pieces. Small, as the trip was just beginning. I caught a taxi back to town that was waiting at the entrance of the site and managed to board the bus back to Mexico City without any problem. I even found a good ham and cheese sandwich in the bus station café.

Nov 20

I was able to get the pictures copied on a CD in Jalapa. I found a Cannon camera store that had a digital disk machine and in 15 minutes had all the pictures copied to date. The Internet is certainly a vital business in Mexico. Even though the hostel in Mexico City didn't charge for its services, the line was knee deep to use it. The one in Jalapa charged a dollar an hour. When I arrived in Villahermosa today, the hotel had a computer with out a disk drive and I would have had to stand in the middle of the lobby to use it. No chair provided. I found another Internet cafe, just down the street, so for fifty cents an hour I finished putting the pictures on for Jalapa and the museum there.



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