We had had such a fun and delicious time on our cooking tour of southern France a few years ago, that we decided to try a similar experience in southern Mexico. The program materials claimed that Mexican cuisine is one of the three great cuisines of the world along with French and Chinese. In the US we are more familiar with Tex-Mex, but were willing to see if our experience lived up to the assertion.

The map shows the three areas we visited. Oaxaca is the southernmost point and Mexico City, where we spent our last night, is the most northern.Overview The designations in white are ancient archeological sites. We would visit several of them. Although Jim had never traveled to Mexico, I had driven with some friends back in 1969 as far south as Puebla.

Some of our friends and relatives had expressed concern over our plan to visit Mexico because of heightened fear of crime. All of the regions we were visiting had been flagged as "exercise increased caution." That said, we did NOT feel threatened in any way throughout our trip. In fact, we've felt more concern about past travels in parts of Spain and France than we did in Mexico. And we usually exercise caution everywhere.

In order to make the necessary connections and arrive in Oaxaca before the time that our program was scheduled to start, we had to leave a day early from Virginia. As usual we drove up to Northern Virginia the night before and stayed overnight at the airport hotel where we would leave the car. The next day we had a generally uneventful flight to Oaxaca through Houston. Road Scholar arranged for us to be picked up and transferred to the hotel, which was in the city's historic district. We settled in for a good night's sleep before the next day of exploration before the official kick-off.

There are a couple of ways to follow us on our trip. I've tried to make the narrative a complete summary, but I've used many links to other web sites to provide additional details and sometimes pictures. You can either stick with the basic narrative or explore the various links. At the time this album was created the links were all valid, but the WWW is in constant flux and that can change. Additionally, many of the web sites had addresses with special characters that can confound some browsers. The links have been tested with Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, and Firefox. If you encounter broken links, please send us some email.

You will note that many of the links are to articles in Wikipedia. Regardless of what you think about that source, the benefit is that links rarely disappear. This is not the case with touristic and university sites that are constantly, it seems, being reorganized.

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Mexico City

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