........Founded in 1543,
Antigua served as the colonial capital of Guatemala
for over 200 years. And, it was only due the resilience of the citizens
of this beautiful city that it was the number one "must see" destination
in the country. (I, of course, would argue that it should be Tikal,
but the guide book said Antigua. It was probably true because Antigua
certainly did have a whole lot more traffic.)
city which survived earthquakes, volcanoes and floods was still a
jewel to behold. A walk down any street included colonial style buildings,
terra cotta roof tops, cobblestone streets, pastel buildings, flowers
and so, so many people.
in Antigua was late. It was dark. I never like to be out on the streets
in a strange location in the dark. That was only compounded since
I had all of my luggage with me. I quickly realized that Antigua really
was Guatemala's number one tourist destination when I went to four
hotels. The first one shocked me with a price of $50. The next two
were full. By the fourth one, I was willing to pay $45 simply to have
a room. You always have to pay for ambiance, and Antigua certainly
city of Antigua was a beautiful stroll. Cobblestone streets, which
were extremely beautiful and equally hard to walk, were everywhere.
There were a lot of indigenous women in such colorful costumes. Most
wouldn't allow photographs unless you bought something or paid them.
I told a couple of women that I didn't buy souvenirs. I only took
photographs. My conversation was in Spanish, but a young girl quickly
replied in English, "In your dreams!"
I never take photos of people who give me bad memories.