The term “Disneyesque” is used to describe places that are surrounded by an aura of perfection.
There is an area or “barrio” in Puebla which tends to be described with such a term. Its name even resembles a fairy tale land. Locals know it as the “Callejon de los Sapos” or “Alley of the Frogs.” Even frogs make appearances in stories full of magic and wonder.
The so called “alley” is more of a narrow street (you have to see the real alleys I have experienced). The houses lining the streets showcase colonial facades and bright colors. There is a smorgasbord of vivid peach, soft lilac, pistachio green and mustard yellow. Each building is neatly painted and pots of flowers appear at every centimeter. Puebla is full of concentrated hues. However, at the Callejon de los Sapos, all the colors of the city converge in a way designed to overload the senses. These characteristics have contributed to the theme park fame of the area.
In my opinion, there is more than the eye sees. Yes, the alley seems impossibly perfect but I would get lost in it any day. It is a matter of taking a close look at the buildings turned businesses. You can find crafts, antiques, toys, talavera, furniture and more. Furthermore, you can dine, have a coffee and even sleep in the area.
The street gains more life during the weekends. This is the time when an artisanal market takes almost every space of the floor. It is the perfect time to shop for pieces of art and rare objects hard to find anywhere else.
And let’s not forget about the name. Some stories say that in colonial times, the nearby San Francisco River used to grow in rainy days. The furious current tended to flood the alley. Locals had many methods to pump the water outside the street but ponds stayed in the area for quite an amount of time attracting frogs in considerable numbers. Even, the name of the alley comes from an interesting story.
Without further explanation, I leave you with photos of the Callejon de los Sapos.
What do you think of the “alley”? Let me know in the comments section below.