We arrived into Puebla after a comfortable bus 2 hour bus ride. Arriving on the outskirts of a town by bus is never the best. Puebla looked scruffy, but we soon discovered that it is a very interesting town with some very colourful Colonial architecture, and some amazing museums
Sitting in the cafe at the Museum Amparo we felt we could have been in smart museum in Europe. There was a Sheila Hicks exhibition on
This piece might not impress you
but if you think about when some of the pieces were made it made me realise just how forward thinking she was
I loved some of them and loved the colourful display in the gallery.
On Mondays most museums are closed so we visited various markets and shops, wandered around taking photos of the tiled buildings and the pottery.
The next dat we went on a bus to Tlaxcala
as I had read there was a Popular Arts Museum there. It was small but worth going to. Apart from some incredible smocking on the traditional clothing we found the costume a bit disappointing.
We also wanted to see some more Frida Kahlo paintings, there was supposed to be some in a gallery there, only 3 were displayed but the rest of the gallery had some good paintings.
Sorry can’t find the name of the artist – but i do love this work
It is a lovely small town with so many colourful buildings.
We arrived back in Puebla in time to get to another couple of interesting museums and the Library.
The next day we left early to catch the bus to Oaxaca – a 5 hour journey. We met up again with Isabelle Wiessler ( who had had an exhibition at the Mexican Expo too) and her husband Hans and had a really lovely few days with them.
Oaxaca is a beautiful town, lots of things to see and do, colourful houses, lovely restaurants, has a relaxed atmosphere, and some great places to visit outside the town.
We stayed 5 nights as there is so much to see and do in and around the town.
There is lots of dancing on the streets in the evening
The 4 of us joined a very cheap minibus tour to Mitla, and a few other places (we weren’t sure where). We were taken to the Tula tree, the oldest tree or was it the stoutest tree in the world. It is big.
On to see a natural dying and weaving demonstration
and a Mezcal production place (I’m not keen on Mezcal but love a Margarita),
and then to Mitla, patchwork patterns in abundance.
Our next stop was to see some waterfalls. This intriged us. Where could there possibly be any waterfalls in Mexico in February?
Here – patterns in the rocks. Isabelle loved it.
The next day was a Friday and it was market day in Octolan de Morelos. We were due o be picked up at 10 but the minibus never arrived so we organised a taxi to take us to the market and then on to San Antonio to see the embroidery, a village to see the back strap weaving and another to see the wooden toys being carved and painted.
I wanted to see the work of Rodolfo Morales, we found the museum but no photography was allowed, frustrating as i love his work.
I found some photos on the following blog lauraaloveland.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/ocotlan-de-morelos-oaxaca-market-day.html
I think we could have spent more time in this town but we had so much to see in a day.
Next day we went to Monte Alban. I have to admit to not being hugely interested in the pyramid structures but it was amazing to see how advanced the thinking was. It was early, quiet and incredibly hot.
We watched the birds and was amazed at the bright red birds only just visable here in the photo. I think it was a Red Warbler
Back in Oaxaca we enjoyed margarita’s, huge ice creams, visits to the textile museum,where there was an exhibition by Bill Stecher. I loved the light behind the quilt and the toilet sign
the cultural arts, several other museums and many markets. It is a lovely city.
On Sundays there is a huge market in Tiacolula, we caught a collectovo and were crammed into a small car to travel there. It’s a huge market and the highlight was seeing the women dressed in traditional clothing – tartan skirt, colourful scarf ( same pattern as that of Romania and also worn by the men in the Kutch in India, lacy blouse and pinny.
I’m sitting watching the snowfall here and thinking “was it just a few days ago that the temperature was 29 degrees and we were sipping a Margarita at 4 in the afternoon?”
Enjoy the photos on a grey day here in the UK.
Memories of a great adventure, – happy times with Fiona, Isabelle, Hans, all those involved with Quilt Expo, and the Australians quilters ( see you soon!)
Now I need to make some Journal Quilts to remind me of these special times and plan my next trip away.