Two volcanoes stand guard over the city of Puebla: the symmetrical cone of Popocatépetl rises to an elevation of 17,930 feet and Iztaccíhuatl, 10 miles north, with three summits, the highest one reaching 17,159 feet.
After lying inactive for more than 70 years, Popocatépetl erupted in December 1994, causing an ashfall over Puebla. Volcanic activity recurred in 1996 and 1997, and in December 2000 thousands of villagers were forced to evacuate after another eruption.
Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5th, is more popular in the United States than in Mexico except for Puebla. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. A larger French force ultimately defeated the Mexican army at the Second Battle of Puebla and occupied Mexico City.
The city of Puebla has hundreds of churches. We entered many but rarely discovered their names.
We’re always asked, “What’s your favorite place?” That’s hard to answer. The last 7 weeks we’ve enjoyed everywhere we have been in Mexico, but we both agree that Puebla is great. This is a place you could enjoy a lengthy stay and not get bored. There is culture, history, food, symphony, museums, several close Pueblos Mágicos, modern conveniences plus it’s only 2 hours to Mexico City.
I’ll Meet You in the Morning and tell you all about it!