SATURDAY, July 23
We walked 2 blocks to Reforma, the main street through our part of Cholula. Got right on to a bus going to downtown Puebla. Fare was about US$0.30 (senior fare). The bus was a “Volksbus,” a medium-sized, manual transmission diesel bus made by Volkswagen that looked and sounded like it was manufactured sometime during the Johnson administration – Lyndon not Andrew.
Once we got downtown we went into full tourist mode. We got on the Turibus which took us to a high point with fantastic views of the city. We planned to go back up on Monday to take photos. After the Turibus we took a walking tour that I found online. The highlight was the El Rosario Chapel. It is so ornate that the gilding is gilded.
We ran out of steam around 4 so we hailed a taxi. We had the driver drop us off at Plaza San Diego, an American-style shopping mall across Reforma. We ate dinner at one of the restaurants in the food court – forgettable. We discovered that the mall has free WIFI!
The new camera is pretty good. See the “W” photo – shot at 700mm handheld. It’s only failings thus far are: captures in jpeg not in RAW, and it can’t capture the color yellow accurately. It doesn’t have exposure lock (AEL), but I can get around that failing by shooting in manual mode.