I spent a week in Pachuca, (Hidalgo state) doing a training course for a new client.  Some work colleagues and I then went to Teotihuacan, an ancient Aztec city between Pachuca and Mexico City.  As luck would have it, the day we went was May 21st, the first day of Spring.  Many Mexicans, we were told, go there on that day to 'recharge' from the sun's energy.  I had been before but it was great to see Teotihuacan on that day in particular.

I then went to the city of Puebla about two hours from Mexico City.  My colleague (Isabelle) and I hung out there for a few days and had a great time.  Puebla has a beautiful central square and that's where we found ourselves most of the time.

Let me know what you think of the pictures.  ♦

Mexicana flight landing at Mexico City airport.
Mexicana flight landing at Mexico City airport.
Tower in the central square in Pachuca, Hidalgo.
Teotihuacan:  people on top of the pyramid of the Sun recharging from the sun.
Teotihuacan:  Gabriela and Isabelle.
Teotihuacan:  Hot-air balloons.
Teotihuacan:  Pyramid of the sun and some real adobe steps.
Teotihuacan:  Pyramid of the sun and a Coppel blimp ruining the shot!
Teotihuacan:  Chawki in front of the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  Chawki, Isabelle, and Gabriela in front of the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  people climbing the pyramid of the sun with a view of the pyramid of the moon in the background.
Teotihuacan:  revelers walking the main avenue.
Teotihuacan:  people climbing the pyramid of the sun with a view of the pyramid of the moon in the background.
Teotihuacan:  on the way up the pyramid of the sun a Home Depot balloon did a fly-by.
Teotihuacan:  Chawki and Isabelle recharging with the sun's energy.
Teotihuacan:  modern Aztec dude recharging from the sun's energy.
Teotihuacan:  Gabriela on top of the pyramid of the sun with the pyramid of the moon in the background.
Teotihuacan:  Isabelle on top of the pyramid of the sun with the pyramid of the moon in the background.
Teotihuacan:  Gabriela and Joe on top of the pyramid of the sun with the pyramid of the moon in the background.
Teotihuacan:  Isabelle, Joe, and Gabriela on top of the pyramid of the sun with the pyramid of the moon in the background.
Teotihuacan:  pyramid of the moon as seen from the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  the main avenue of the city on the way to the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  Isabelle in front of the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  Isabelle and Gabriela in front of the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  Gabriela in front of the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  Chawki in front of the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  federal police atop one of the smaller side pyramids keeping an eye out.
Teotihuacan:  people climbing the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  people sleeping on the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  looking down the main avenue from the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  looking down the main avenue from the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  Isabelle and Gabriela getting interviewed by Associated Press TV.
Teotihuacan:  federal police climbing down the pyramid of the moon.
Teotihuacan:  looking off to the side of the pyramid of the moon.
Puebla:  government building in the central square.
Puebla:  traditional dancers in the central square on Sunday.
Puebla:  Isabelle in the central square.
Puebla:  beautiful buildings in the central square.
Puebla:  more beautiful buildings in the central square.
Puebla:  Isabelle at a cafe in the central square.
Puebla:  Isabelle at a cafe in the central square.  She's laughing because I've just asked her to make a serious face.
Puebla:  Isabelle at a cafe in the central square.  She's laughing because I've just asked her to make a serious face.
Puebla:  balloons in the central square.
Puebla:  traditional dancers in the central square on Sunday.
Puebla:  another portrait of Isabelle at a cafe in the central square.
Puebla:  clown's feet behind police tabe saying 'Danger'.
Puebla:  hotel near the central square.
Puebla:  church tower near the center square.
Puebla:  church towers near the center square.
Puebla:  inside a church near the central square.
Puebla:  old-style buildings near the center square.
Puebla:  Isabelle standing in the center square while murderous clowns conspire in the background.
Puebla:  clowns gathering a crowd in the center square.
Puebla:  a martial arts demonstration in the center square.
Puebla:  balloons and the government building in the center square.
Puebla:  old-style buildings near the center square.
Puebla:  Isabelle at the Cholula archeological site with the Popocatépetl volcano in the background.
Puebla:  Chawki at the Cholula archeological site with the Popocatépetl volcano in the background.
Puebla:  Popocatépetl volcano in the background with some strange fruit in the foreground.  Taken from the Cholula archeological site.
Puebla:  Isabelle at the Cholula archeological site with the Popocatépetl volcano in the background.
Puebla:  portrait of Isabelle at the Cholula archeological site.
Puebla:  Popocatépetl volcano in the background with some strange fruit in the foreground.  Taken from the Cholula archeological site.
Puebla:  the Cholula archeological site.
Puebla:  another church.
Puebla:  run down building near the center square.
Puebla:  Isabelle on a shopping street.
Puebla:  Chawki at a cafe in a tucked-away plaza.
Puebla:  a turtle at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  lizards at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  a really ugly snake at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  eyelash viper at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  snake at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  more lizards at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  snake skin at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  snake at a pet store near the center of town.
Puebla:  another snake at a pet store near the center of town.
Teotihuacan:  panorama of the main avenue taken from the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  panorama of the surrounding landscape taken from the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  panorama of the pyramid of the moon taken from the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  panorama of the pyramid of the moon taken from the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  panorama of the main avenue taken from the pyramid of the sun.
Teotihuacan:  panorama of the main avenue taken from the pyramid of the moon.
Puebla:  panorama from the Cholula archeological site of the surrounding landscape and the Popocatépetl volcano in the background.
Puebla:  Isabelle at the Cholula archeological site.
Puebla:  Spot Isabelle.  She's in this photo 3 times.