December 19 –January 13 As it was a relatively short three-hour drive to Chico and check-in wasn’t until later in the afternoon, we joined Jessica for breakfast at one of our favorite joints in Berkeley, Sconehenge.  I’ve written often of this place so won’t belabor how good the food is and will just leave it […]

December 19 –January 13 We returned to Los Angeles mid-week and began preparations for a baby shower we’d be hosting for our daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Kris, as happy an occasion as one can imagine.  Family and friends came together, and a fine time was had by all. A week or so later I […]

December 1 – 4 We departed at our the Insurgentes Metro station and as we walked back up the pedestrian mall, felt inexplicitly drawn into a bustling Churro shop.  As in Puebla and quite a few times in Spain, one gets a portion of chocolate to dip the little bundles of fried goodness into.  Add […]

December 1 – 4 Leaving the Trotsky house, we walked back over to Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s Museum and with still more time to kill, headed off in another direction in search of a Christmas market we’d heard might exist in the area.  We were on the hunt for a small angel for Sharon (aka […]

December 1 – 4 I’m going to state up front that this would be one of those great travel days, one of many we’ve experienced during a lifetime of visiting people and places.  Nothing extraordinary happened but it contained just the right mixture of walking, touristy activities, and of course, good food and drink to […]

December 1 – 4 Our 2 1/2-hour bus ride back to Mexico City proceeded smoothly and at a reasonable cost of 424 Pesos ($21.81) with a taxi ride to and from hotels running right around $6.  It was nice to get back to Hotel Casa Gonzalez, a familiar surrounding for us even though our room […]

November 28-30 We continued walking to the base of the hill, then joined a procession of other pedestrians using the sloping path to make our way up to the top and the Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios (Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies) the 16th-century Catholic parish church built between May 1574 and […]

November 28-30 After relaxing in the room, we ventured out for some souvenir shopping, not buying anything just yet but on the lookout for some pieces of Talavera pottery that we could purchase for gifts and for our own use. We located a couple of shops nearby but figured we’d wait another day before committing […]

November 28-30 It was another lovely morning in Mexico; indeed, we’d been enjoyed nice weather our entire stay with warm days, pleasant nights, clear skies, and no rain making for ease of travel.  Our first stop that day was at Cathedral de Puebla, facing the Zocalo and just around the block from the hotel.  We’d […]

November 28 – 30 Our taxi ride to the bus terminal went smoothly, a dramatic departure from the one upon our arrival in town.  With an hour to kill before our departure, we sat in the spacious, sun light filled seating area and watched the folks around us, grabbing a snack to take with us […]