Veracruz pt. 2

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Day 2 in Veracruz! It is completely lovely here and I could get used to looking at a snow-capped volcano every morning (until it started erupting of course). Jeff had his morning rehearsal and then we headed to the Museo de Antropología, which is a must-see in Xalapa. It’s a truly wonderful museum and it is huge!

Monstrous piece, so cool!

The detail on many of these pieces considering how old they are is amazing! Many pieces date from between 1600 and 1200 B.C.

Jeff was a fan of the serpent sculpture. And he felt the need to show that...

"Stop in the name of love..."

They had a special fascination with twins--note that these are depicted with joined feet.

Flutes and ocarinas!

After the museum, we grabbed a taxi to nearby Callejón del Diamante, a street famous for its shops. We had lunch at a very authentic Mexican restaurant and then walked around for a long while. The side street that our restaurant was on was very steep and was completely covered with street vendors, almost all of them selling beautiful jewelry and bags.

It was hard to capture the sheer number of shops because the hill is really steep and they all had umbrellas up because it was starting to rain!

View of Xalapa (yes there are clouds but also mountains in the distance!)

This particular park that we were in had many tropical plants but as Jeff's friend Jeff said (yes, confusing), you can find a palm tree, a cactus, and an evergreen all on the same street corner in Xalapa.

And in fact, I like Xalapa so much that I’m staying an extra night and will be returning to D.F. in the morning instead of tonight! Hopefully our kitties, Schubert and Nielsen (the former to be addressed as Ragebert for the next few days, as he will be very angry with me for leaving him alone), will be OK for a few more hours!

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  1. Love the photos! Also, are there multiple types of Mexican restaurants? You referred to one as being very authentic. I do know there are regional/cuisine differences, but are there touristy ones as well?

    • That’s actually a great question. I’ve heard some restaurants referred to as “authentic,” and I think that it means from a regional standpoint. There are Mexican foods that are normal and common through all parts of the country but I think the cuisine varies by region, so possibly the places that I hear advertised as authentic serve food more specific to their area instead of just general foods. I’m not really sure that’s the right answer but it’s what I’ve noticed so far!

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