We arrived in Antigua on Wednesday planning to spend one night there, have a quick look at Antigua, and then head to the Honduran border before the busy weekend. But as always, plans change, and we so enjoyed Antigua we stayed 2 nights, and it is now Saturday morning here and we are just about to cross the border !!
We are in a bit of a hurry so I will write more later, but while we have wifi I just wanted to upload the Antigua pics.
Right, we are off to Honduras now, so until I have time to name the photos etc, you will just have to look at them and enjoy !!
Adios to Guatemala - It is a great country, and we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
Pics are here https://picasaweb.google.com/117739775480775657932/Antigua?authkey=Gv1sRgCLvLgPmo8vzORQ#
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Anyway, went out for a delightful meal in a little restaurant we found up the road, where there was a very good two man band playing, and a table full of locals having a very "happy" evening - A great atmosphere for a delicious meal before we ambled back to the Police compound for bed.
Next day we thought we would have an hour or two seeing Antigua before heading out, but it quickly became obvious that a couple of hours wasn't going to get it ! We also met a delightful Argentinian couple who are circus style performers who are travelling around in their VW camper - Franko and Alexandra, and their little dog who LOVED being brushed !! Anyway we decided to spend an extra day there and leave the next morning, Some of the sights we saw were the Hotel San Domingo which is an amazing hotel set in the remains of a monastery (including its own candle factory), the Cappucine convent, and then various other buildings that were in various degrees of ruin from the massive earthquakes of 1750. All buildings have high walls, so you see little from the road - But when the doors are open, you can see into the delightful central courtyards of the houses and hotels. It really is a delightful city. We could easily have spent several days there. We wandered the streets, went to the central plaza, and visited other sights as and when we found them. We had lunch at a café owned by Frank who made us more than welcome during the day, and then dinner that night just near the Police compound again.
A very pleasant stay in a great city.