Puebla: the Talavera, the mole and all those churches!
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Puebla couldn't be located in a more picturesque setting - snow capped mountains, volcanoes and plains. And Puebla today is known for a variety of things - contributes to the economy of Mexico courtesy the Volkswagon plant on the outskirts of the city, art and antique lovers revel in the trademark pottery Talavera, gastronomists can credit Puebla as the cradle of Mexican cuisine: this is where the cocoa flavoured mole sauce was introduced. And finally, tourists and Christians can, but marvel at the infinite amount of churches and cathedrals in this town. Infact it's said that even the locals have a hard time keeping up with the number of churches in this city!
We started off by having lunch at Villa Rosa.
And from there on, we began a walk through the city for a couple of hours. All travel books and websites talk about the churches in this town. Trust me, this is no exagerration. Our first stop was the church of the Compania. This was built by he Jesuits, and the legend goes that an Indan princess came to Mexico and converted to Catholicism. But inside the church, the more interesting piece is this bit of text which actually narrates the story of a con man and how he was executed in this very church. This con man arrived in Mexico from Spain carrying a piece of paper saying that he was from the Spanish papal. Soi all the bishops in Puebla wined and dined him until they found out a few weeks later, which is when they hanged him.
We took a small break for churches and headed to a local market where they sell Puebla's trademark Talavera pottery. Not that I was keen, but it was a good photography moment walking through the little strip and seeing nothing but pottery. The Talavera is a earthenware pottery. Infact history says that Moors first started making it in a town in Spain called Talavera. After excelling in it, they transferred the skills to Puebla. The irony is, today it's died down in Spain but in Puebla is a matter of local pride and identity.
After letting us wander around for about an hour, our next stop was another interesting landmark of the town - the Iglesia de Santo Domingo.
This town I must say is incredibly crowded.
After a very very tiring day, we finally headed back to Mexico City (our last stop, the tourist centre to go to the toilets) , we saw a fashion show of contestants modelling for some cosmetic! Anyway Mex City was a mess - so darn crowded and traffic was impossible to get by. So, I finally reached the hotel at about 830pm as exhausted as one can be. To think the website says buses return to the city by 6pm! Had dinner at the rsnt itself and retired by 11pm after watching CNN updates on the Mumbai terrorist attacks.