Thursday, May 31, 2012

Volcano from the roof top

PopocatĂ©petl is the volcano that I see from the roof top of where I am staying in Puebla Mexico. The people here refer to it as El Popo.  They speak of the volcano as a favorite relative.  I've never lived near a volcano so I am a bit more hesitant.  Each morning I go up on the roof top patio and check to see what Popo's attitude is for the day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Walking the streets of Puebla again

Another corner another church.

VW has a plant here in Puebla and there are Bugs everywhere!

I am not quite certain but I think this region is known for the toads. 

There are beautiful murals on the walls all around Puebla.

I also like the public fountains all around the historic area.  Something about a fountain that just cools your soul.

This is the front of the theater.

 Is someone waving a white flag?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Weekend in Mexico City

Tripping into the land of 21.8 million people who are living life to the fullest!  Mexico City!
The Fleming Hotel is only $35 a night for a double bed.  It was clean, safe and just down from the Museum of Popular Art.

I think this is called The Palacio de Bellas Artes .  It houses the murals of Diego Rivera.  The entire park (much like Central Park in New York) is undergoing rennovation and was closed off.  I sure wish I could have seen it in all its glory.

If you are ever in Mexico City, have breakfast at Sanborn's House of Tiles.  It is an old home that was converted into a restaraunt and department store.
The walk from Sanborn's to the National Palace reminded me of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago Mexican style. 

I've never thought of myself as a groupie but I thinkI would have been one of Frida Kahlo's homies had I lived in the 30's.  Seeing her paintings in person and seeing the sweeping strokes of her brush, the rich choices in color and seeing them hung in the rooms in which they were created was an emotional event for me.  Her "Blue House"  is located in Coyoacán which is now part of Mexico City. 

The Museo de Arte Popular (Museum of Popular Art) was fun to visit.  It is a converted fire station that is now a world clas museum.

You know you are thirsty when you gratefully photograph the water fountain!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Day 6 on the way to Mexico City

Wrapping my head around the fact that almost 22 million people live in Mexico City is easier now that I experienced the subway system on a Friday afternoon.  There are not many pictures to share today of my taxi/bus/subway/taxi rides to Mexico City today.  I felt like the proverbial little old lady clutching her bags and looking over her shoulder for pick pockets and theives.  So, it was really hard to pull out a camera and shoot while holding on to my purse, a back pack and a book bag.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day 5 Puebla Mexico

Images from an historic convent in Puebla, Mexico.

What I saw on the streets of Puebla.

Tomorrow I am off to spend the weekend in Mexico City.

Buenos noches,


Day 4 Puebla

It was market day for the Arquetopia staff and they allowed me and my camera to tag along.  They buy local produce and meats and support the local farmers and economy.

Talk about fresh chickens!

The workers at the market.

These birds reminded me of three old men talking about what they were seeing!

Here's your sign!

Until tomorrow....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 3 Puebla

This laid back pace of life is for me.  Up at the crack of nine.  Coffee on the roof patio observing the attitude of the volcano.  I write, read, post  until lunch at 2.  Everyone stops and eats and visits for an hour or two and then it is back to work.  My afternoon and early evenings are spent walking and photographing.  Why don't we take off from 2-4 in Texas to reflect and relax with friends and fabulous food?

Today, Chris played tour guide and took me downtown to see the beautiful churches.  The people of Puebla truly invested their riches into the ornate cathedrals.  Saying they rival the most beautiful in Europe is an understatement.  I was so tired when we got home that I didn't eat supper.  If you know me, then you know I was exhausted!

For the first time I used an itty bitty Samsung point and shoot camera for the outing.  Big mistake.  I didn't know the controls, I couldn't see the screen and so I couldn't compose the image.  So, this is the best I can show you.  These images certainly don't convey the granduer of the architecture.

My favorite stop was at the Phototeca Juan C. Mendez.  It is a museum dedicated to the photographers of Puebla and of Mexico.  The director gave me a whole collection of reproduced photos of Guillermao Kaholo that he took in Puebla.  Guillermo Kahlo is the father of Frida Kahlo.  It just so happened there was an exhibit of Frida's great grand niece in the gallery during our visit.

The public parks are beautiful and filled with lovers and readers and observers of people.
The news of the day.
They shall always be among us.
The tiles all over the city are magnificent.
Until tomorrow,


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