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From Cerro de la Cruz to the north of town, looking across...

A typical street in Antigua, with cobblestones and colorful homes.

A vehicle almost as old as the road it's on...... This caught...

Another roadside attraction - where I got my Guatemalan haircut....

Road repair - one cobblestone at a time.

For cruisin' the Antigua hood....

Big wheels on a small road - modern vehicles trying to navigate...

This sort of scene is what ultimately won me over about Antigua...

Oh, how I wish my suburban, middle class street looked like that....

The best part of Antigua was the melding of a mediterranean and...

Various stages of repair.....

Watching the watch dog - you just got to love simplicity!!!

Rooftops of Antigua.

The east end of Parque Central, with Catedral de Santiago on left...

The backside of the church is in ruins from the 1773 earthquake,...

The church at night - all lit up.

The northwest corner of Parque Central, looking due west. In the clouds...

The central fountain (in the background) of Parque Central

A painting of the Catedral de Santiago being constructed

The massive earthquake of 1773 wrecked havoc on that grand architecture.

Damage you can even see on this Google Earth satellite image.

Even though it represents the arrival of conquistadors, and has been ruined...

While I may never have been very good at it in school,...

"Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble, ancient footprints are...

The construction of yesteryear always impresses me......

Across town is the Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Senora de La...

Another plaza

Behind the red wall is a large "pool" - which serves, at...

..... with individual laundry stalls (for lack of a better word).

A row of washing stalls

Here it is in action. A Guatemalan laundromat - same, same, but...

Just cuz....


Elma had lived in Antigua for a few years near the start of the country's civil war, and it is now her favorite town in Guatemala. So, she knows it very well, and took me to places in town I would have had to pay fancy dollars to visit on my own - either as part of one of the more upscale tours, or as a guest to the establishment(s).

Given that we mostly danced our way through some of these places, coupled with my general sensitivety about photographing Guatemalans, I don't have photos of many of the places we went. But what I share here at least represents the look and feel of Antigua enough to explain why I loved it, and why it is such a draw.



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