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We canceled all plans to travel to the States this summer. We also canceled (sigh) all fall/winter overseas 2021 travel plans to Europe or SE Asia. Just. Too. Complicated. So currently our only scheduled travels will be to the USA West Coast in the late fall to see family and friends.

We are back in Queretaro, Mexico after a summer getaway to Puebla de Zaragoza (popularly called Puebla) and Oaxaca de Juarez (generally referred to as Oaxaca).


(Art in Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico)


Puebla is Mexico's fourth largest city and one of the oldest colonial cities in the country. Streets in the historic center bustled with activity. Not wanting to be squished by crowds, both for the pandemic and for security, we found less crowded alternate routes to visit churches, cultural centers and museums.

Everywhere we went, the folks of Puebla followed strict pandemic protocols and we happily complied.

We spent a week being tourists - a pleasant change of pace for us.

We attended free concerts, visited museums in the historic center (some more than once), saw the 'must see' intensely-beautiful-Mexican-Baroque Chapel of the Rosario in the Santo Domingo church, and wandered around the mercado 5 de Mayo. Wikipedia does an outstanding job giving an overview of Puebla: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puebla_(city)

A few more Puebla photos:

We only stayed a week in Puebla in order to meet up with a friend in Oaxaca before he headed out.


Before discovering the charms of Queretaro, we had considered using Oaxaca as our Mexican residence. We looked forward to getting to know this popular expat enclave. We discovered:

-Picturesque neigborhoods to explore:

-Delicious dining and cafes with crafted coffee/cappuccinos from locally sourced beans:

-A couple of opened churches. (Museums and most churches were closed either for strikes or the pandemic.)

-Local handicrafts and art:

-Artisan Mescal

The sign says: Mezcal is a mystical, magical, extraordinary drink. When drunk in reasonable amounts, mezcal awakens the spirit, calms heartbreak, stimulates the imagination, erases resentment, accompanies loneliness, and makes the world seem like a much better place.