Jul 17, 2010, 1:19 PM
Post #7 of 18
Thanks Robt65. Very kind of you to say so. I love Puebla. It has a lot of good memories for me. You can get a feeling of being in Europe there, but on the cheap. Its a terrific centro to just walk around in. If you take the time, you will find some gems. There are a lot of old buildings with open courtyards, fountains, etc. You may find yourself just wandering into one and seeing some seniors practicing their Danzon moves. Or perhaps a little mom and pop sandwich cafe filled with canaries and little kids kicking a ball around while you eat, get lazy and then take a nap during the afternoon rains. In the evening the zocalo is packed with a family atmosphere as you sip on your favorite beverage under Los Portales and take in a view of one of the most magnificent cathedrals in all of Mexico. Poblanos are considered to be stuckup amongst Mexicans, but I never came across too much of that. However, that was probably because I was involved with the "in crowd" while I was there. There definitely is an "elite" class there and that has a lot to do with the fact that Puebla was a major immigration point for the Spanish, Germans, French and some Lebanese. You can find these vibrant communities still alive and well in the city. I also found that the population is fairly well educated considering the fact that the BUAP, the UDLA, the TEC, are there as well as hundreds of other colleges and universities to choose from. Nevertheless, even a stuck up Mexican will likely be more open and inviting than what we are used to North of the border.
I forgot to mention El Parian which is a somewhat touristy market for souvenirs but if you continue on walking you will find an artists market where you can view and buy original paintings by local artists.
If you want to get an idea of how much there is to see and learn there just have a look at the Wiki on it:
I have stayed at the Hotel Colonial and its a good deal. It might be worthwhile to do a piece on them because they do cater to foreigners a lot as you can tell by their webpage. There are a lot of hotels like that though, its just the Colonial gives you really good bang for your buck I think. The one Vichil posted I did not know about, but as you can see it is also really cool.
If your wallet is fat, the Camino Real is a converted convent. Absolutely stunning.