Flashback: Memories from the First Reviewer of The People's Guide to Mexico

Dane Pikkola: Hello Carl and Lorena…I was just listening to your interview with Rick Steves, and really wanted to connect on the air. But, alas, I couldn’t get the number. In fact, the program was probably pre-recorded anyway. Just the same, here’s my story. I was sitting at the bar in the Fairhaven Tavern in Bellingham, Wa. when you two came in with a stack of fresh off-the-press editions of your brand new travel guide. I happen to be on […]

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Rick Steves Interview with Carl and Lorena

Rick Steves with mic and headphones.

Listen to the Rick Steves interview with Carl and Lorena. A couple months ago, Carl and I spent the afternoon visiting with an old friend, Rick Steves.  Schedules didn’t permit us to be sitting in a beach-side restaurant, eating Camerones al mojo de ajo, but we did get to talk about Mexico. We were in Rick’s recording studio at his Travel Headquarters in Edmonds, Washington, reminiscing about how we first met and discussing traveling in Mexico today.  Rick is a master […]

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Kindle edition: The Peoples Guide to Mexico

  A reader writes: Hello Carl and Lorena, I just wanted to tell you both that “The People’s Guide to Mexico” has long been my favorite book. I have two different print editions and have just purchased the just published Kindle edition. My wife Karen and I have only been to Tijuana, but we both love Mexican food and it is also my very favorite. We have eaten in Mexican restaurants of varying authenticity all over the USA (I am […]

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Carl Franz Radio Interview

Carl just finished a 10 minute radio interview for the 40th anniversary edition of  The Peoples Guide to Mexico, on Around the World Radio (www.aroundtheworldradio.com). (Dec 13) The interview is available from their archives.  http://www.newspress.tv:8080/nptv/audio/12_13_2012_03.mp3 Around The World:  “The program is aired live every Thursday, 10 – 11 AM (PST) on KZSB AM 1290 (Santa Barbara, California), Do you have your new 40th anniversary (14th edition) of The Peoples Guide to Mexico yet?

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A Brief History of Mexico

Mexican history is fascinating but very confusing. Did the Aztecs take over from the Toltecs or the Maya, and who did Madero really assassinate, Carranza or Obregón or neither one? To make telling the bad guys from the good guys easier, just note which historical figures have city streets, dams and schools named after them–and which don’t (Cortés and Porfirio Díaz, among others). 1200-500 b.c.: The rise and decline of the Olmecs. a.d. 300-900: The rise and fall of the […]

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Bienvenidos!

In addition to slaving away on the upcoming 14th (!) edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico, we have finally made the leap to the 21st century (or thereabouts) with a new website. As you can see, we are now live at thepeoplesguidetomexico.com; our archives can still be plumbed at our old site, peoplesguide.com. Lorena has been burning the proverbial midnight oil and endlessly harassing our tireless and talented Web guru Kelly, who, in addition to giving us a new […]

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The Eye of the Dragon | Cuernavaca an Excerpt

Without delay I set up residence in an inexpensive downtown hotel. I remember it was about four o’clock. I remember because the moment I entered my room, I dropped my backpack, grabbed my recently made jewelry and rushed out to find a place to sell my wares before the sun set.

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THE PEOPLE'S GUIDE TO MEXICO FORUMS: CLOSED!!

Well, we gave it a try but in the end our attempt to maintain discussion forums just didn’t work.  A few days ago we received the email below and as the saying goes, “the nickel dropped”.  Felipe is a long-time reader and supporter of The People’s Guide To Mexico.  We always appreciate suggestions and advice from our readers — and Felipe’s assessment of the situation we’ve faced with these forums strikes us as absolutely accurate. So… in the next few […]

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