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The Christmas Eve Plant

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Raquel with Poinsettas

 Christmas is a short time away so we took a trip to Atlixco, Puebla and visited several greenhouses…there are more than 300 in the area.

 Noche Buena flowers are in full bloom now, better known in the States as “Poinsettas”. American Ambassador  Joel Poinsett of South Carolina carried them back to the States with him and Named them after himself…Vain lad… he was declared personna non grata in Mexico,  not for renaming the flower but for meddling in Mexican politics. He offered ten million dollars for Texas but was turned down…Mexico wound up loosing it anyway…they should’ve took the ten Million.

So we went to several greenhouses and  were amazed at the variety of flowers on hand. Atlixco is at a lower altitude than Tlaxcala where we live, so the temperature is always about ten degrees warmer there.

Bob with "Noche Buena" plant..cost $2 dollars.

I’m not good at identifying flowers…maybe you can name them…

Some plants have price tags… the price is in Pesos…A peso is worth 12 cents…figure it out…

Check out this link to see more of the flowers of Atlixco……

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The Floating Gardens of Mexico (Xochimilco)

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 While in Mexico City you don’t want to miss the Floating Gardens, over a hundred kilometers of interlaced canals dating back to pre hispanic times. Started by Aztec agriculturists who would lay out wood covered with woven mats then covered with dirt on which they would plant gardens. Over the centuries the roots of trees and plants embedded themselves in the lake bottom and formed islands, Today there are still families who have handed down this tradition from one family member to another.

Now you can take a trip down the canals on a flower covered flat bottom boat and see the flower gardens while being serenaded by mariachis in canoes, and being offered everything imaginable from vendors such as trinkets, snacks, complete meals and alcoholic drinks…prices vary depending on size of the boat, length of trip, etc. Prices are posted and are negociable, we got a small boat last time with a capacity for 4 to 6 people, voyage took 2 hours and cost $200 pesos (about $16 Dollars).

flatbottom boats--Trajineras.

purchasing flowers

Where's the floating cantina??

go to this link to see more photos,,,,

http://travel.webshots.com/album/575386043cxUUcq?vhost=travel