The mountain in the picture above (and on the left below) is the "Sleeping Woman" of Itza...The first bump is her head- imagine you are looking at her profile lying down. Then the other mountain in the bottom picture to the right is Popo, the warrior, kneeling and kind-of bending over with his feathered headress. Popo still spews ashes sometimes, to remind everyone that he is still around. Popocatépetl actually means smoking mountain.
In the 14 years that I have been coming to Mexico, I have never seen them so clearly!
We got to Puebla several hours later. I LOVE Puebla, love the Colonial Architecture, love the mole, love the Talavera ceramics, love the homemade candy. I would live in Puebla, especially in one of these downtown houses:
I love the main plaza, bursting with people, balloon vendors, kids running around, families spending time together, delicious food everywhere, open air cafes and restaurants, all under Palm Trees and surrounded by the amazing Colonial architecture.
We went to the famous Fonda Santa Clara, where we've eaten before, to enjoy a typical mole. Tonio's parents know the owners and we are always guaranteed to have delicious and fresh food.
As with everything else presented to him, Tonito was game. Crickets? Sure- crunch, crunch. "Me das guacamole mami?"
"Look Vivi, you just take it and put it in your mouth- no, it's not spicy. Just don't think about it. It tastes like potato chips" (um, kind-of except when the legs get caught between your teeth).
"No!!! Mami, no!!! Wait. Let me see it first. Is it moving?" "No mi amor, it's cooked. Like when you eat ham, it's from a pig really." "WHAT!!!? Ham is a cooked pig?!!!" (maybe now isn't the time)
"OK, I'll try it." (peer pressure from her adventurous brother can be good sometimes)
"Oh. It's crunchy. No mas mami. No gracias."
"Maya, do you want one?"
Chewing her insect appetizer.
Crickets, served on tortilla chips with a side of guacamole and onions. You think I'm making this up- click on this picture and it will get bigger.
I think Maya liked the sucker better than the hors d'oeuvres...
Outside in front of the beautiful cathedral from the 1600's.
We love walking around the town and admiring the architecture.