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Taxco and Oaxaca

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

Taxco and Oaxaca are 3 and 6 hours from Mexico City, and are knwon for 2 very different reasons - Taxco for silver jewellery, and Oaxaco for food, food, glorious food! In all we spent about a week in these two towns separated by bus trip via Mexico City.

29 Jul 2006, 5:54PM

Same place just playing with features on the new camera (old faithful finally gave up the game after been rained on, frozen, up to altitude, dropped, shaken etc...) - unfortunately it is not a wide lens so quality of the pics may suffer from here on in.

29 Jul 2006, 1:22PM

Santa Prisca church in Taxco, on the central Zocolo (plaza).

29 Jul 2006, 8:12PM

Dusk from the roof top terrace of our hostel in Taxco.

29 Jul 2006, 5:35PM

Taxco´s centre is all grand colonial red roofed, and to keep it that way they have restrictions on any new development / restoration.

1 Aug 2006, 8:12PM

The Cathedral in Oaxaca´s Zocolo at dusk. Lovely old place but the grounds are swamped by street stalls and protestors.

30 Jul 2006, 11:11AM

Taxco´s streets are all cobbled, and mostly very steep, which makes life interesting for the almost 100% VW car traffic...but wouldn´t like to try it after rain!

2 Aug 2006, 10:48AM

Mole´ is a local sauce that consists of 20+ ingredients including chilli...and chocolate - amazingly it all works, but dont get it on you shirt as your mum´s best hand washing wont get the stains out! You can get it fresh at restaurants or prepared (just add liquid stock) at the markets - of course we have some (4 packets!) for home if customs allow us back in the country.

2 Aug 2006, 5:51PM

Santo Domingo church in Oaxaca which dates back to the late 1500´s.

2 Aug 2006, 11:09AM

Oaxaca markets - just after having breakky we walked through the market and spotted this lady at her stall making fresh tlayuda´s...so we had to stop and try one! They are like thin crust pizza (good so you can cram more toppings on it!) made from fresh thin tortilla´s which are then topped and toasted in front of you (the large plate in the photo is a hot plate with a red hot flame under it).

2 Aug 2006, 7:40PM

This is what Negro (bottom) and Roja mole´ look like loaded up on you restaurant plate. This place (El Topil) has apparently been making the stuff for 30 odd years, so we figured it was the right place to try it...and we were not dissapointed.

2 Aug 2006, 3:02PM

There has been quite a lot of recent political unrest in Oaxaca against the current governor (apparently people have gone missing!) and the Zocolo has been taken over by live in protestors and covered with graffiti - whilst a shame visually for tourists, tourism is one of the biggest money earners for the government, so the people believe this is one way they can force a resolution.

2 Aug 2006, 11:48AM

Jodes is in chilli heaven in the Oaxaca markets.