And here she is thanks to wiki – I couldn’t get this shot!
1) HoHo City Tour on the Turibus.
2) Monarch Migration and surrounding area
February 24 Puebla City Tour
I went with Artur on the local HoHo which they call Turibus here and it was good. I hadn’t been out of the Old Town since I got to Puebla.
I’m a little worried about my ability to keep up with all this and then losing all my motivation to name things…and I really like it when my pictures have names! (OK, here’s my free Saturday and I’m going to try to name things!)
I thought we were going to see the famouse forts here, Fuerte de Loreto and Fuerte de Guadalupe, but we’d have had to get off the bus to see them.
This area also has many museums including the Museo de la Evolución, Museo Imagina, Museo de Historia, and the Planetario. There’s a short Teleférico (funicular) ride up here too.
February 25 Mariposa Migration and Valle de Bravo
Piedra Herrada Sanctuary, a tour to Mariposa Monarca Y Valle de Bravo involved getting up at 2AM for a 3AM departure. Yes, I did that and it was worth it!
Google translated from the brochure: “Live this natural spectacle visiting the largest sanctuary in Mexico, breathe while enjoying nature and live with this insect so peculiar, one of the great attractions of our Mexico. Then meet one of the most picturesque Magical Towns ‘Valle de Bravo’ and tour its lake and its streets.”
We had to try the local Michelada, which is made with beer, clamato juice, hot sauce, chili and salt on the rim, followed by a unique addition of a sweet, spicy, sticky syrup poured around the rim that then runs down the side of the glass.
It wasn’t bad, and it certainly was interesting.
(several of these pictures are from Artur and I forget which but these two for sure)
The reason for coming out this way – the Great Pyramid at Cholula. Here’s a little tidbit I got off wiki: “The Great Pyramid was an important religious and mythical center in pre-hispanic times. Over a period of a thousand years prior to the Spanish Conquest, consecutive construction phases gradually built up the bulk of the pyramid until it became the largest in Mexico by volume.”
March 4 Teotihuacan/Mexico City
The school sponsored a trip to Mexico City for a visit to Teotihuacan, “at its zenith, perhaps in the first half of the 1st millennium AD, the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population estimated at 125,000 or more, making it at least the sixth largest city in the world during its epoch.”
Photo of the site from 1905.
The Wikipedia article tells many origin stories including that it was a prayer for rain, that they were birds reenacting creation, that the gods said “Dance, and we shall observe” and there might be others – the Church during the conquest did its best to eliminate any rituals from the past and the stories that went with them.
Now they fly in the parking lot for tips from the tourists.
We then drove into Mexico City and the bus dropped us off for a several bocks walk to the Plaza Central.
I was getting sick…and I’ll talk about the smells of perfume and cleaning supplies later. I absolutely and gratefully cannot complain about smoke. Sure there was some smoke but smokers were very unexpectedly few and far between.
I did stop at a pharmacy along the way here for some antihistamines.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María a los cielos) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. Construction began in 1573 and it’s been the heart of the church in Mexico ever since.
I’m enjoying using these old pictures.
So old…so many stories…”Over much of the 17th century, the Plaza became overrun with market stalls. After a mob burned the Viceregal Palace in the 1692, depicted in the famous 1696 painting by Cristóbal de Villalpando, authorities attempted to completely clear the Plaza.”
We now each had a choice to visit a castle or The National Museum of Anthropology. I had already been to the Museum of Anthropology but I was so tired, so very tired, and that head cold was coming on strong so I decided to choose the museum.
It is an enormous amazing world class place well worth a second visit.