Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sabrina & Brian's wedding

Here are photos from the wedding...

Sabrina and Felipe (some of you may remember Felipe from our wedding?)

Brian and Sabrina with the mariachis

Roberto and Eric in their styley suits!

La familia

Gorgeous reception location,

Monday, April 21, 2008

San Miguel de Allende

The impetus for going to Mexico was that my cousin Sabrina got married in San Miguel de Allende the first weekend we were there (photos of wedding to come). We'd never been to San Miguel, which is very lovely- lots of colonial-era architecture.

Here's the Parroquia, the church in the center of town. They guy who built it was a stone-mason who worked off of photos and drawings of cathedrals in France. Very fantastical.

A typical San Miguel street,

The garden in our very pretty bed & breakfast (highly recommended Posada Corazon, they do lovely organic breakfasts!), with cool trees and beautiful bouganvilla and jacaranda trees. These were in bloom all over San Miguel.

We went to the Jardin Botanico in San Miguel (and I swear it wasn't even my idea! Although I was of course very amenable!). There were lots and lots of different species of nopales (prickly pears), here's a HUGE one, with Mamita and Eric for scale,

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Greetings from the top of the world

We just got back from Mexico and are recovering-- not just from the exhaustion of traveling, or the excitement of spending time in one of the world's greatest cities, but also, alas, from the (clichéd but true) illnesses we picked up: Eric from the stomach bug, and Daniela from a nasty sore throat.

But I thought I'd post a few pictures as a preview.....

These are all from Teotihuacán, a few dozen miles outside of Mexico City, a place whose incredible pyramids were quite ancient and mysterious to the Aztecs, who believed them to have been the birthplace of the gods.

It was very sunny on the day we visited, and much hotter than back in the city thanks to the lack of shade and the heat-absorbing properties of the stone. It had been very cloudy in the city that morning, so we didn't think too much about sunscreen (foolishly)-- big mistake! Both of us got some sunburn as punishment for our lack of foresight.

Of course we could not resist climbing the Pyramid of the Sun, tallest at the site and approximately as tall as a modern 5-story building. Lots of steps!

(I shouldn't admit this, but the climb wasn't as arduous as it looked...)

The view from the top-- that's the Pyramid of the Moon over our shoulders.

Going down is a bit hard on the knees, not to mention somewhat vertiginous...

Eric climbed the Pyramid of the Moon on his own, or at least as much of it as is allowed. One can only go about halfway up...

The view from the top (actually only about halfway) of the Pyramid of the Moon. You can see the road lined with other structures (called the Avenue of the Dead), the Pyramid of the Sun in the back left, and the little tiny people scattered around, including one on top of the structure in front left.

There's much more to come, from Teotihuacán and elsewhere in Mexico, in a few days, so stay tuned!