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National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

The botanical garden at the National Palace in Mexico City is unexpected. Most people go to the Palace (Palacio Nacional) to see Diego Rivera’s murals about the history of Mexico and perhaps the temporary exhibit on the Maya, which certainly deserves a permanent home. It’s when you leave the Palace, assuming you’ve seen everything worthwhile, that you come upon this exquisite garden and can’t quite believe it.   There is very little information available about the garden, at … Read entire article »

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Oaxaca City—Mexico at its best

Oaxaca City—Mexico at its best

It’s beyond me that the city of Oaxaca (pronounced “wa-HAH-ka”) is still one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets because it’s such an exceptional place, particularly if you’re into culture and atmosphere. The climate is sub-tropical and it is suppose to be pleasant all year around, although the first time I went there—at the end of December about a dozen years ago—it was cold and crowded and we couldn’t find a place to stay in the historic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Mexico, Places you can stay a while, Travel itinerary

Travelling with kids

Travelling with kids

There’s a new addition to the Riding the buses team. He’s only three weeks old. Jessica (with her husband Ian) brought him into this world. I’m just the Nana. This weekend the baby is travelling to a cottage that’s on a First Nations Reserve, a six-hour drive north. May is the month we open cottages for the season here in Canada. I’m confident the baby will be a world traveller. Why, even before he was born … Read entire article »

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Hiking with kids: Bow Glacier Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta

Hiking with kids: Bow Glacier Falls, Banff National Park, Alberta

Some of the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies can be found around Lake Louise and when we were camping there last summer we looked for a trail that would be easy for children and not overrun with people. We heard there was one on the edge of the Wapta Icefield starting from the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge off the Icefields Parkway. During the winter, this is one of the top backcountry ski areas in the world. The … Read entire article »

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Puebla, Mexico—the ‘perfect’ colonial city

Puebla, Mexico—the ‘perfect’ colonial city

If you’re planning a trip to Mexico you should seriously consider putting the city of Puebla on your itinerary (the city and its state share the same name). It’s 100 km east of Mexico City, near the still-active snow-capped Popocatepetl volcano. The first time I passed through Puebla it was incidental. I wanted to get from Mexico City to Oaxaca and the direct bus was sold out, so I had a two-hour stop in Puebla on the … Read entire article »

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Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

There are many good reasons to visit Puebla and one of them is to indulge in its cuisine. After all, mole poblano, the “king of all sauces” was invented here. And according to Alonso Hernández, executive chef of a well-known Puebla City restaurant, mole poblano “can be served with everything from chicken and beer to caviar and champagne”. Mole poblano has chocolate in it—a long ago discovery of the Olmec people. But as a non-foodie … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Memorable moments, Mexico, Travel itinerary