Puebla and Tlaxcala

At the end of July, we spent a week traveling through colonial and archeological sites in eastern Mexico (states of Puebla and Veracruz). Our first stop was the city of Puebla, about two hours east of Mexico City.  Known for its Talavera pottery and beautiful architecture, the city center is easy to see on foot.  One of our first stops was the enormous cathedral, where we were lucky enough to see a bride and groom getting married along with their large entourage.  Another day we headed to one of the few remaining Talavera workshops in Puebla, where we purchased some of these beautifully-designed dishes.  Come and visit us for a meal served on them!

About an hour north of Puebla is the small town of Tlaxcala, where Debbie, one of our Peace Corps friends, lives.  We headed there by bus for the day along with Cole, another Peace Corps volunteer, who lives outside Puebla.  Tlaxcala is a colonial town with a beautiful historic center.  Outside of town is an archeological site, called Cacaxtla, which was only discovered in 1975.  The site contains some of the most beautiful murals that exist in Mexico, still in vivid colors, of warriors in battle, animals and deities.  After eating lunch in the downtown square and tasting some pulque (a milk-colored alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the agave plant), we headed back to Puebla.

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