Puebla is a Mexican city in central Mexico. I first traveled to Puebla with my father in the fall of 2018. It was supposed to be a short trip, but after our two days, I knew that it hadn’t been enough time. Puebla is visually stunning, and filled with so much rich history that helped us understand just a little bit more about our Aztec roots. I originally wanted to visit Puebla to understand and know the town that fought and won the battle against the French on Cinco de Mayo.
The US celebrates Cinco de Mayo with parties, beer, and Mexican food, but many who celebrate don’t even know the history of the date. It might surprise you to know that not all of Mexico celebrates like the US does on May 5th, but rather, only the city of Puebla makes a huge celebration. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. After the Mexican-American War and the Reform War, Mexico was in quite a bit of debt. The president at the time asked for the debt repayment to be suspended for two years. Britain & Spain negotiated with Mexico, but France did not, and sent an army to Veracruz to make their way to Mexico City. However, though the odds were not in Mexico’s favor, (with an army of 4,000 to the French army of 8,000) the Mexican Army met the French Army with strong resistance in Puebla. The French Army was defeated before reaching Mexico City. This city has a lot of history that makes me so proud, which is why I want to share it with you.
I planned a 5 day trip in early 2019 to spend more time exploring and photographing Puebla. I’m excited to share this collection with you, and even more excited to announce a planned excursion for people to join me as we travel to Puebla later this year. Stay in the loop by signing up for weekly e-mails where I share Mexican food recipes, trips to Mexico, home design, and new collection launches…pretty much all the info is either in my emails or on Instagram, so follow along there too!