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I have been posting photos from my trip to Mexico that I took earlier this year. As with most things, I did them in reverse. I started my travelogue with the city of Taxco and then Cuernavaca. Allow me to correct the chronological timeline.

In July of this year I took another sojourn to Mexico. I had a wonderful time traveling with my sister and her husband for the first part of my trip. We wandered the around the charming colonial town of Puebla, with a church on every corner. In fact, there are seventy churches alone in the historical center. Afterwards, we traveled two hours to Mexico City where I showed them some of my favorites places and discovered some new ones too. After Mexico City they flew back home and I went on to explore the cities of Taxco, Cuernavaca and Tepoztlan.

Puebla has a large historic center with magnificent architecture that has resulted in it being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its city plaza or zocalo is the perfect place to sit at an outdoor café, drink an espresso and people watch.

Not far from the zocalo is The Mercado de Artesanías (El Parián). It is a pedestrian-only, open-air shopping zone. Here you will see rows of old brick shops selling crafts and souvenirs. Bargaining is essential and a little prayer may help you get that great deal!

Happy Travels!

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On December 9 Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik set the record for the most expensive photograph when his work, “Phantom,” (shot in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon) sold for $6.5 million dollars.

Who says you can’t make money in photography?

Help me break Peter Lik’s record-breaking sale by purchasing my photograph that I’ll simply call, “Cortés’ Cuernavaca.” My capture of Hernán Cortés palace in Cuernavaca, Mexico during the blue hour will make a great Christmas gift!

I accept all major credit cards, PayPal and cash in a large, brown envelope.

For the lucky buyer I will even have Santa Claus deliver your large framed print in person just in time for Christmas!

The city of Cuernavaca (kwehr-nah-vah-kah), the capital of Morelos state, is where Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés called home while “residing” in Mexico and built his enormous palace-fortress (now the Museo de Cuauhnáhuac) that now occupies the city zocalo (plaza).

The Aztecs called the city Cuauhnáhuac (“place by the woods”) and the Spaniards changed the name to Cuernavaca (“cow horn”) because they had a hard time pronouncing Cuauhnáhuac.

Merry Christmas my Flickr friends!

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I don’t always drink coffee when I am in Mexico City, but when I do, it is at Café Toscano de Mercado Michoacan in the Condesa neighborhood. Stay awake my friends!

Question of the day: Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

Merry Christmas my Flickr friends!

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The Amparo Museum in Puebla, Mexico houses a large collection of Pre-Hispanic, colonial, modern, and contemporary Mexican art. The museum is housed in two colonial buildings, one a mansion, the other a former hospital. Its modern interior makes a nice contrast with the exterior colonial architecture.

From a photographer’s point of view, the most important aspect of the museum is the incredible nearly 360-degree views of the Puebla skyline from the rooftop indoor-outdoor café and terrace.

I took this photograph from the interior of the rooftop café looking through the glass windows. I can perhaps boast that I walked around for an hour looking for this unique composition, but I would be embellishing the facts. I simply ducked inside to escape the scattered showers and on my way to the restroom this spectacular view caught my eye.

Sometimes I just get lucky, but I work hard at it!

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The city of Cuernavaca (kwehr-nah-vah-kah), the capital of Morelos state, is where Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés called home while “residing” in Mexico and built his enormous palace-fortress (now the Museo de Cuauhnáhuac) that now occupies the city zocalo (plaza).

The Aztecs called the city Cuauhnáhuac (“place by the woods”) and the Spaniards changed the name to Cuernavaca (“cow horn”) because they had a hard time pronouncing Cuauhnáhuac.

One evening I decided to photograph the city cathedral, but I encountered a big problem. That big problem turned out to be an enormous tour bus parked on the street blocking my view. I waited patiently for the bus to move as precious seconds ticked away, all the while the gorgeous light of the blue hour was quickly fading. Fortunately, the bus did move while there was still some decent light and in one frame I was able to make this creative composition.

Cuernavaca’s cathedral is enclosed in a high-walled compound and construction began on one of the first structures in the early 16th century. Talk about going back to the future!

Happy Travels!

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