Puebla Journals

Puebla, un ciudad muy linda.

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An October 2004 trip to Puebla by gorboduc

A building near the Zocalo. Photo, Puebla, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Puebla, Mexico, lies an easy two-hour trip from Mexico City. It's Boston to the DF's Manhattan -- manageable, historic, full of culture, and home to numerous universities. If you've read Rough Guide's unenthusiastic report and decided not to visit Puebla, read this journal and think again.

Puebla, un ciudad muy linda.

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Overview

A building near the Zocalo. Photo, Puebla, Mexico
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Everything about Puebla is lovely--the center of town is easy to navigate (it's on a grid plan) and like a giant picture postcard. The impressive cathedral forms one side of the lively zocalo, or town square. The zocalo's a good spot for people-watching, and its edges contain useful spots like the tourist office and an ATM. Be sure to check out the Museo Amparo, located two blocks from the zocalo -- it has a well-chosen collection of pre-Columbian and Colonial art, housed in an 18th-century hospital. Kiosks provide multi-language explanations of the artifacts, and entry is free on Mondays.Quick Tips: Drink water. Constantly. Really. I'm not kidding. Puebla's altitude is about 7,00...Read More

Meson Sacristia De La Compania

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Hotel | "Mesones Sacristia de La Compania"

Meson Sacristia De La Compania Photo, Puebla, Mexico
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In the center of Puebla, in the heart of the antique district, is the Mesones Sacristia de la Compania. It's a lovely boutique hotel housed in an 18th-century convent, an easy walk from the zocalo. The hotel's common areas are decorated in bright Mexican style -- the exterior is electric blue, the interior courtyard restaurant Orange Crush orange -- and furnished with antiques. Cool green plants contrast with the bright glassed-in courtyard, and 18th-century religious artwork, colorful local Talavera pottery, wrought iron gateways, and carved and gilded doorframes make stepping into la Compania like stepping into a rainbow-colored museum. The rooms themselves are more tranquil. I stayed in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Meson Sacristia De La Compania
6 sur 304 Callejón de los Sapos
Puebla, Mexico 72000
(222) 2324513

Mesones Sacristia de la Compania

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Restaurant

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Situated in the charming Mesones Sacristia de la Compania hotel in Puebla's historic district, this award-winning restaurant serves traditional Pueblan cuisine, including the famous Mole Poblano (the national dish of Mexico, which originated in the convents of Puebla). The romantic dining areas take up much of the hotel's first floor. You can opt to eat in the lovely courtyard, decorated with religious painting and lit by candles, or in one of two cosy rooms off the bar. They are decorated with antique furniture and Talavera pottery and festooned with colorful streamers of papel picado -- tissue paper with lacy cutout designs. The restaurant's chef, Alonzo, turns out delicious, subtly spic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Mesones Sacristia de la Compania
304 Callejon de Los Sapos
Puebla, Mexico

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A 15-minute taxi ride out of Puebla's historic center lies Las Bodegas Del Molino, a palatial restaurant housed in a former hacienda. The taxi ride costs 70 pesos each way (about $6.50). Las Bodegas is clearly one of the fanciest places in town; the service is attentive, the restaurant has a good wine cellar, and the building itself is splendid, but ultimately, we did not find the food as good as the meals we had at the Mesones Sacristia and La Quinta Luna. Part of this wasn't entirely due to Las Bodegas itself -- we ate here on one of the evenings of the Day of the Dead celebrations, and the place was EMPTY. It was kind of creepy, really -- my friend Tammy and I were the only customers th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

Las Bodegas Del Molino
Calzada del Bosque 12
Puebla, Mexico

A trip to Puebla's market. Photo, Puebla, Mexico
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When I stumbled across the Mexican Culinary Magic package on luxurylink.com, I got excited. Six nights in a colonial city in Mexico's heartland? A hotel in a historic 18th-century building, decorated with antiques? Fifteen hours of cooking classes? All meals included? A city tour and museum entries? What wasn't to like, especially when the package was at auction for less than half its retail cost? I enlisted an interested friend to come with me, and we placed our bid for the package and won it at the reserve price -- $1005 for both of us, land only. It wasn't much work to score cheap airfare to Mexico City, and within a week of placing our bid, we had made all of the initial arrangements for our t...Read More

Day of the Dead in Puebla

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An altare in the city of Puebla. Photo, Puebla, Mexico
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One bonus of my recent trip to Puebla, Mexico, is that it happened to coincide with the Festival del Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead Festival. A mixture of Catholic and native traditions, the Dia de los Muertos is a festive occasion when the living welcome the souls of the dead back to Earth for a visit. It takes place over several days, from October 31 (when the souls of accident victims are supposed to return) to Nov 2 (when the souls of adults come to visit their old homes). All over the city of Puebla, the shops displayed sweets made of white sugar or amaranth seed, molded into the shapes of skulls and decorated with shiny foil and brightly colored icing. Merchants in the Parian, th...Read More

Cholula--churches, pyramids, and pottery

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Cholula Photo, Puebla, Mexico
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My friend Tammy and I decided that we liked Carlos's walking tour of Puebla and his trip to the town of Huacachoula for the Dia de los Muertos so much that we would arrange to see the nearby town of Cholula, home of the largest pyramid in the western hemisphere, with Carlos as our guide. It was a good decision. Cholula is a small town that has become a suburb of Puebla. Its main claim to fame is the great pyramid -- a pyramid with a larger volume than the great pyramid at Giza. From the front, the pyramid looks like a regular old hill, albeit one with a very attractive lemon yellow church at the summit, Nuestros Senora de los Remedios. Driving up to the base of the "hill", however, you see the t...Read More

Walking the sights of Puebla

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El Parian Photo, Puebla, Mexico
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A walking tour of Puebla's historic district was included in our hotel package, so after our first cooking class, my friend Tammy, our classmates the Peels, and I met Carlos, our guide. A former engineer, Carlos is knowledgeable and personable. He took us on a two-hour walk that covered many of Puebla's main sights. We started at the zocalo, Puebla's main square. It was full of people enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon. Merchants selling balloons and trinkets set up shop under the trees, carts sold lime ices in cups ringed with chile powder and big bags of chicharrones, ready to be slathered with hot sauce, and families strolled under the arcades which surround the Zocalo in three of its four side...Read More