30 septembre 2010

Monte Alban

The morning is busy: withdrawing money, buying plane tickets to Zacatecas and run to the bus departure place bound for Monte Alban. This site, where 30,000 Zapotecs lived, was deserted suddenly around the year 1000 AD. Although the site is huge, it is said that only 10% has been uncovered so far. We walk around in the big green fields surrounded by the greatness of the pyramids from all sides. The view from top is incredible, but I find it hard to imagine where the people lived in this city. The carvings and murals are still very... [Lire la suite]
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28 septembre 2010

Discovering Oaxaca

  Iglesia Santo Domingo, Oaxaca It’s 8:25 a.m. and we’re already in the bus to Oaxaca. The great chaos of this morning’s departure is memorable: random filling of our luggage, checking out and taxi to the bus station before we find out that our watches are 5 minutes earlier than Mexican time on a Monday morning traffic jam. We get there just on time for the bus. On both sides of the road: deserted but very green valleys and mountains come and disappear behind us. Vegetation is unlike anything we’ve seen so far. Wild long... [Lire la suite]
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26 septembre 2010

Market day in Cholula

View of Cholula and the Popocatepetl volcano On Sundays the streets of Cholula, a small city 20 minutes from Puebla, get filled with stalls selling all sorts of things. It’s early in the morning and vendors are still arriving with loads of things in baskets and bags. We decide to start with a steep climb to Nuestra Senora de los Remedios. Jeremie handles the stroller all the way up. The views on the plain and Cholula city are magnificent especially with the Popocatepetl volcano in the background. The church is said to sit... [Lire la suite]
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23 septembre 2010

In the streets of Puebla

  The jet lag past us (or so we’d like to think), we head to the Zocalo for a nice hot chocolate beside the square and the cathedral. We start by visiting the cathedral but there’s a service and we can’t really enjoy while the people at mass seem to hear Noemie’s voice more than the priest’s. We decide to come back later. Iglesia Santo Domingo not far from the Zocalo is a gem; especially the Capilla del Rosario with its elaborate gold ornaments. The dome has intricate designs on the outside, in brick red mixed with white and... [Lire la suite]
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21 septembre 2010

The long trip from home to Puebla

Although we didn’t get all the sleep we wanted on the plane, we arrive ready to face the crowds at Mexico City airport. In fact, nothing as such, Mexico city aeropuerto turns out to be well organized and passing through immigration and the rest is a breeze. The plan is to head straight to Puebla, 2 hours south east of Mexico City. We land at 6pm local time and manage to catch the 7pm bus (having collected our two pieces of luggage and even with Noemie’s stroller slowing us down). So far so good. I don’t recall seeing buses so... [Lire la suite]
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15 septembre 2010

Where next?

Our next destination is Mexico. Before we tell you all about our three weeks trip in the country of Aztecs, Zapatistas and tequila, let us share a few photos - courtesy of Lonely Planet - showing how diversified Mexico is. We are just beginning our trip. An update will be posted very soon.
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04 septembre 2010

Taking it easy

All good things come to an end… Today we fly home. We spent a wonderful time. The country is truly amazing… It’s Labour week-end, an important holiday in New Zealand, so there aren’t a lot of people on the road. At the airport, we rush in the duty free to spend our NZ$ till the last cent, teddy bears for Noemie, jade and mother of pearl necklaces, and of course the original All blacks Adidas t-shirt for Jeremie… Enough souvenirs, the best of them we’ve shared with you.    
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30 août 2010

Newmarket and K road

This city is so spread… There are so many neighborhoods to explore but there isn’t enough time. We focus on Newmarket and K road, sampling vintage shops and art galleries. Some pieces of art we find outrageously expensive. Jeremie desperately looks for nice manga bookshops with little luck. We take the bus for the first time and it prooves quite nice to have a tour of the city.  What we find it completely cool is that no matter how you’re dressed it seems to fit with the scenery and doesn’t attract weird looks from other... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2010

Home in the city

  We try to skip it every now and then, but no, Jeremie has a hard time convincing me not to go to the zoo when we travel. We spend the morning at the Auckland zoo and get a glimpse at the kiwi, the pinguins and try the cold weather sensation theater. It was worth it, though we could not see kangarous. In the city we do like the business men do. Soon enough, we trade our campervan and upgrade to 5 star hotel. A lot of time was spent returning the campervan and getting reimbursed for the half-days lost repairing the battery... [Lire la suite]
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23 août 2010

Volcano in the city

  Auckland is one of those amazing cities that sits on the highest number of active volcanos. Rangitoto island is the result of a volcanic explosion, and one of the best places to have a panorama of the city, from amidst the trees. The volcano is not considered active. We take the ferry there and start the hike to the top. It’s a nice walk close to the beach with some good bird watching opportunities. The day continues with a walk around second hand bookshops around Devonport and art galleries, where we enrich our National... [Lire la suite]
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