Lidia & Allen 2013 Guatemala travel blog

Central garden at Hotel San Jorge

Readin´, Researchin´, & Relaxin´

Antiguan school bus ! Muy Mod !

San Francisco Church

17th cent. mural of Saint Pedro De Betancourt

Original 17th ruins of San Francisco church

17th century ceiling art

Volcano Agua, 3,760 meters high & 5 miles from town center

Lidia doin´ laundry at the Capuchinas Convent

Roofline with Volcano Agua background

Kiddie Korner Komic at the park

City Center Cathedral in the late afternoon

Santa Catalina arch

Congregation moved ?

Maybe to here !?

Antigua is a throw back city in time. The streets are all cobbled, and the buildings are mostly one story. It also used to be the Spanish capital of their Central American Empire till 1773. Why you might ask ? Well after more than three hundred years of repeated earthquakes that usually levelled the town/city the Spanish created and moved to Guatemala City. Hence Antigua remained in a relative time warp, and what a pleasure to be so `warped´. Maybe the cobbled streets impede your attempts at moving fast that time slows ? To be in a hurry could cause injury - maybe we could learn something from that ? There´s loads of OLD architecture and beautiful surrounding countryside. There are three volcanos above 12,000 feet framing the town, and one is quite active (Fuego) - last `blew it´s top´in 2012 !

The city was designated a Unesco World site and the global flavors and sounds to be tasted and heard surely justify that. Hopefully the local peoples can retain some ownership of this gem.

As regards Saint Pedro (the 17th cent. murals), he was the first Central American Saint, though it did take 400 years - how´s that for a slow bureaucracy !? Next on the agenda is to climb the Acatenango Volcano (3rd tallest in Guatemala at 13,176 feet, and last `blew´ 85,000 years ago). So, hopefully we will have another posting ¿

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