36 Hours in Puebla, Mexico
THIS is a big year for Puebla. Mexico’s fourth-largest city is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cinco de Mayo, when an outmanned Mexican army defeated the French troops of Napoleon III in 1862. To mark the occasion, the city’s hilltop forts are undergoing major renovations. But this colonial capital, known as one of the safest big cities in the country, is famous for food, not battlefields. Puebla’s namesake dish, mole poblano, will get its moment in the spotlight on May 2 and 3 at the first annual International Mole Festival. But with its intricate facades of Talavera tile, college town cafe culture, mild highland climate and historical sites, Puebla is always worthy of a weekend.