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Qué Chula es Puebla

The people of Puebla say that it was once again the angels who, one night, hung the enormous, heavy Cathedral bell. It is normal to have attributed to these celestial beings, the truly superhuman effort the indigenous people of the region had to have made in order to place this enormous instrument in its position.

 The bell is not the only interesting feature of Puebla’s Cathedral, however, because it holds the work of great Mexican artists likeManuel Tolsá, who also designed the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City.

While in the city’s center, we were able to enjoy the provincial side of Mexico: the man that sells balloons, the lady selling the typical candies,  children selling crafts, a musical trio playing Mexican songs from the 50’s, and by the fountain, some lovers enjoying making Puebla even more romantic.

Afterward, we walked along the famous “Callejón del Sapo“. Things were in full swing when we got there, and we were barely able to make our way through the customers and the marvelous crafts and antiques for sale there, that give this picturesque street its reputation.

Obviously, we couldn’t do without eating “mole poblano” and the patriotic “chiles en nogada“. Who wouldn’t lick their fingers over these dishes fit for a king? Almost all the restaurants in Puebla serve the delicious enchiladas, made of chicken with an exquisite mole, topped with cream, cheese and onion rings … and in September, the dishes are dressed in high style with the delicious chiles whose recipe is a true national treasure.

 For those with a sweet tooth, there is nothing like the mouth-watering “borrachitos”, “cocadas”, “besos de novia”, “trompadas”,  and of course, the famous “rompope“….

The State of Puebla, of which the city of Puebla is capital,  stands out from the rest of the Mexican States because of its  religious fervor, being one of the most conservative places in the country. This is seen in the innumerable churches in the capital, but in particular, in the wonderful  Cholula, the site of more than three hundred churches that both visitors and inhabitants have “turned” into a thousand.

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