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Polaroid of the Week – Pyramid at Teotihuacan, Mexico

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During our stay in Mexico City we took a day trip  to Teotihuacan, one of the world’s most famous pyramids. The remains of the ancient city, which is believed to have housed up to 250,000 people, is located around 30 miles / 50 kilometers north of Mexico City and buses run every 30 minutes from the Terminal del Norte (At the station, look for ‘Sala 8’ and buy tickets there). Researchers remain unsure why Teotihuacan was deserted  by its inhabitants – though a commonly held theory involves  a big fire which may have destroyed a large part of the town.

The name Teotihuacan means “City of the Gods”, a name given to the city by  by the Aztecs who populated the city in more recent history.  The site houses two large pyramids (Pyramid of the Sun & Pyramid of the Moon) and various smaller temples and residential complexes.  Teotihuacan is said to have a very strong spiritual energy, and sun worshippers flock to the site on 21 March, the spring equinox, when the sun aligns with the west face of the Pyramid of the Sun.

More photos of our visit at Teotihuacan can be seen here.

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Polaroid of the week: Mariachi in Mexico City

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Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi is best known for the gatherings of the Mariachi musicians, especially on the weekends. The Plaza is located a ten minute walk up the Eje Central from the Palacio de las Bellas Artes in the historic center. It has several bars and restaurants and we enjoyed some delicious street food in the indoor market ‘San Camilito’. The most fun, however, is to sit down on the Plaza and watch the Mariachis arrive from all directions in the late afternoon, all fully dressed in traditional customes and with their instruments. Up to 100 mariachi bands come together at the Plaza and it is a great pleasure to listen to the different groups showing off their singing skills.

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Polaroid of the Week – Hombres de Xochimilco

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On our way to the canals of Xochimilco where we took a ride in one of the beautiful trajineras (wooden boats), we strolled through the main square where these three Mexicans were sitting on a bench watching the world go by. Like everywhere in Mexico City so far, everyone was very friendly and they were happy for me to take this shot.

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Polaroid of the week – Route 66

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During our road trip through Northern Arizona our path crossed the famous ‘Mother Road’, Route 66, several times. On our last day we decided to drive the section of Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman, one of the few in-tact segments of the highway which originally stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles. On the way we found numerous original gas stations, motels, road side shops with classic 50s & 60s cars out front and other Route 66 memorabilia which awakens the nostalgia of the Great American Road Trip from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast.

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Polaroid of the Week – Mount Lemmon, Arizona

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We decided to take Millie to Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains last week to cool off. It has been 109F /43C almost every day and going up into the mountains was very refreshing for all three of us. Mount Lemmon is 9000ft (2743m) high and the ecosystem changes the higher you go up – from the Sonoran desert with hundreds of cacti on the bottom to one equaling Southern Canada with pine trees on the top.

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Polaroid of the Week – Sunset in Tucson, Arizona

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The desert landscape and clear skies make for such beautiful sunsets here in Tucson.  Normally Dani can’t help but stop and get shots with a cactus or little lizard in the background as the sun sets beyond the mountains. This was our sunset from today, and although it might not be spectacular,  we just couldn’t help imagining the views the pilot in the plane making that sweeping streak across the skyline must have had!

 

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Polaroid of the Week – Saguaro Cacti

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In and around Tucson and the Sonoran Deserts there are hundreds of thousands of Saguaro Cacti, Arizona’s state flower. Being surrounded by these gigantic cacti every day still feels very surreal. A Saguaro can get 150 – 200 years old and reach a height of  up to 18m/60ft. The  Saguaro State Park west and east of Tucson has countless hiking trails that allow you experience the beauty of the Saguaro to the fullest.

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