Puebla, Mexico was founded in 1531, so it is no surprise that the Historic Center is a UNESCO Heritage site. What was a surprise to me was how beautiful and how European the downtown area is. I love strolling through cobblestone streets, with colorful buildings, and sipping coffee or having a pint at a relaxing café.
As an American, I thought to get this experience you would have to either go to fly overseas to France, Italy, Poland, or the Czech Republic. It was a great discovery for me to find this old world charm in North America south of the border in Mexico.
I have eschewed Mexico for decades because I always pictured the country as either a beach resort destination, which is not my cup of tea, or a rough interior with places unsafe to travel in and even if safe, not worth my time. Reading other travel blogs began to open my eyes to the fact that there is more to Mexico than what perhaps is the popular conception in the United States.
501places was where my naive assumption about Mexico began to change. A post on Mexico City on this blog really intrigued me, and I was surprised and interested by the pictures in this post. The post portrayed Mexico City as a far more interesting destination than I had previously imagined.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Puebla, Mexico thanks to the Mexico Tourism Board. The pictures in this essay show that Puebla is a city in interior well worth a visit. Although my recent trip was sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board, the opinions in this post, the pictures, and the desire to return to Puebla and Mexico are purely my own.
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