Puebla, Mexico, is famed for its Talavera pottery. So, before we visited Puebla this past weekend, I had envisioned it as being a city completely covered in Talavera. Like, even the toilets would be Talavera — hey, I’ve seen it before, some of you may remember.
But, no, it wasn’t so. It wasn’t Talavera todo el tiempo. Although don’t get me wrong: Downtown Puebla is beautiful, and has more-than-your-average amount of Talavera. The artists’ market also is heavily focused on ceramics, some of them incredibly gorgeous and expensive, especially the stuff that’s been certified as true “Talavera.”
And, as always in Mexico, the food was increible, from my four-mole meal at Meson Sacristia to the cheap, delicious tacos al pastor at midnight sold in taquerias on the zocalo (that’s unusual — most colonial-town zocalos have been overtaken by overpriced, not-so-great touristy joints). I guess Puebla combines the beauty of an old colonial city with the urban-ness of Mexico City…or something like that, oh, and with a touch of “shabby chic” thrown in (outer areas of the central parts of town were a bit down-on-its-heels).
One important thing to know about Puebla if you visit: Damn, the temperature fluctuates. It feels about 85 during the day, and about 40 at night. So, prepare to wear a t-shirt in the afternoon, and a winter coat and hat at night.
PHOTOS from my trip…
A typical street scene in Puebla, Mexico. We took the tour bus across town, and a random rain shower made us feel a bit stupid for being seated on the open-air top level of the bus. But wow, being perched up high helps with photo taking. More photos….
Close-up of the Alfenique.
The steeple on that church, with its “wedding cake-like” adornments.
I bought four new bowls – certified Talavera.