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  • Writer's pictureAshley Billone

Explore Mexico

After canceling my trip to Mexico back in March of 2020 due to the start of covid, I was so excited to finally go in the beginning of January. I've been going to Mexico my entire life to visit family and each time I go I fall more in love. The culture, the charm, the colors are so rich that it's easy to wander around and be mesmerized by it all.

Below is a travel journal that includes some of the places we stayed, what we saw and things we did. You can watch more on my IG Reels.


My grandparents live in Puebla, so we spent most of our time there. If you ever travel to Puebla, you can either fly to Mexico City and take a bus there (about 1.5 hours) or you can fly directly into Puebla. I personally always enjoy flying into Puebla because you get a great view of the PoPo volcano (on a sunny day) and the airport is so little. You step off the plane onto the tarmac and walk to the airport where you go through customs and collect your luggage.

In Puebla City, there is so much to do and see. I am constantly in awe just walking from street to street, looking at the different architecture and colors (as seen above). It seems like there's a little church on every block and they are all equally as beautiful.

Casa Reyna Hotel: We came here for lunch and it was gorgeous. The hotel kept some of the original ruins and built their structure around it, so you can enjoy your meal under beautiful stone archways. If you choose to stay at the hotel, it's walking distance from the center where most of the restaurants and shops are.

Bakery Café Puebla: This café has some of the most incredible pastries I've ever had (and I've had my fair share). They serve entrées as well, but you're not going to want to leave without having a chocolate croissant or cream cheese-filled pretzel.


Cholula is a city within Puebla and is best known for the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios sanctuary (the Yellow Church) on top of the Great Pyramid. While you're walking around the old streets and the zócalo (the center) taking in all the color and culture, there's countless little shops, cafés, and restaurants to check out.


Cocina Central 1812: After doing some exploring, we stopped at this cute restaurant for lunch. It's located right in the zócalo (the center) and offers beautiful views (second and third photos for reference). If you're a James Bond fan, you might recognize the view from the opening of Spectre.

Hacienda Peña Pobre: This hacienda-turned-boutique hotel is one of the most charming and beautiful places I've stayed at to date. Across from the main hotel Is a little walk way where you can enjoy breakfast and coffee. The staff is so lovely and make everything fresh for you.


Teotihuacán is about an hour away from Mexico City so if you're down to do some exploring and visit pyramids, this is the place to go. There are little shops with local artisans and miles of pyramids and other ruins.

La Gruta: Have you ever thought what it would be like to eat in a cave? I can't say I've given it much thought, but this restaurant blew any expectations I had out of the water. It's definitely a gem in the area and I would absolutely recommend going if you're in the area. Once you've completed your meal, the waiter will bring over tealight candles where they will explain the meaning of all the candles on the steps. They explain that you set a candle down wherever you'd like on the steps and you leave all your bad energy behind while doing so.


This latest trip was my first time visiting Val'Quirico. It's about 30 minutes from Puebla and you'll know you're almost there when you see new development with Mediterranean-like homes and buildings. This area is like a little slice of Mediterranean heaven. As you walk around the stone paths, there's many boutiques, cafés and restaurants.

La Catrina Del Zocalo: We dined here for lunch and it was probably the only time I've ever eaten pizza in Mexico...and it was good! The vibe is relaxed and chic, the cocktails are good and it's a great spot for people watching.


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Jean Dress: AllSaints // Red Purse: Zara // Hats: Hand Painted in Mexico // Floral Blouse: Caroline Constas // Red Dress: Maje // Black Skirt: Madewell // White Bodysuit: Zara// Gold Hoops: Madewell // Black Pear Belt: Amazon Fashion // Sunglasses: H&M // Gold Rings: H&M and Amazon Fashion // Black Purse: Gucci

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