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SWOLLEN FEET AND ROASTED GRAPES

EXPLORING BEAUTIFUL ANTIGUA

sunny 30 °C

We are actually not in the hotel we expected because it was full and we were moved just down the road. The rooms are pretty basic, without air conditioning, but clean. We do have a lovely sitting area just outside and the grounds are gorgeous. We are moving to the planned hotel tomorrow for our last night in Antigua which looks a little nicer. We really don’t mind it all. Whew, Gayle has passed the “slumming it” test with flying colours. As promised, here a few pictures.

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We spent our day wandering, mostly aimlessly, around the cobblestone streets. The town has a really peaceful feel about it. Not a lot of people, but the locals are colorful and surprisingly few tourists. We felt completely safe everywhere we went.

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Although the streets all look very similar, tidy, colorful with amazing wooden doors, bright paint colors and window full of flowers, we barely got lost at all.

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We managed to see all the highlights. We started our day with an amazing breakfast. I had beans, eggs, salsa and avocado which were delicious. We also saw a strange parade which we assumed to be a parade of pageant winners. Lots of little girls propped up on the bonnet of cars. Yikes. We poked in and out of a few shops but made our way to the famous archway Santa Catalina. From there we stumbled on the Iglesia La Merced which we renamed the wedding cake church and the best landmark for finding our hotel. Gayle was charmed into her first purchase by this little girl.

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Our next task was to find the Cerro de la Cruz which sits atop the city providing an amazing view including 2 of the 3 volcanoes that overlook the city. Despite the obvious staircase providing a shortcut to the top, I listened to Gayle and followed the sign that we now know was meant for cars that lead us on a long, winding uphill climb. No harm in getting too much exercise when you want more avocados for breakfast.

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After taking the stairs down, we stop at a fruit vendor and share the most delicious super ripe mango. Shortly after, we ended up amongst the school kids who had just been dismissed for lunch. Many, along with their parents were fighting their way to this door way. I just had to go see what all the fuss was about. We discovered this lady with coolers filled with fresh fruit ice, or something in little bags and these yummy frozen bananas. They were 25 cents. I always say, if I could only have five foods, they would be, banana, chocolate, coconut, marshmallow and mango. The day ended with me only missing one of those. Of course, there is never any fear that I will go hungry on vacation.

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Our next stop was the old monastery, now hotel and museum, Santo Domingo. This place was amazing and was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1773. The ruins represent architecture from the Baroque period of ancestral America. The monastery can be traced back to 1538 when the Dominicans arrived in Guatemala. We saw the ruin of the crypt including a few bones. The grounds are amazing, with beautiful flowers, parrots and even a chocolate shop that provided the aforementioned coconut in the form of a truffle.

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It was pretty hot so we decided to sit and have a drink and make a plan for tomorrow. I had an avocado martini. Yup, I likes me avocados and might have to add a sixth to the essential food group.

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After setting up a tour for tomorrow we came back to the room to chill before enjoying an awesome meal at Hector’s. This restaurant was recommended by my guide from my Costa Rica trip. It did not disappoint. Gayle’s mahi mahi was good but my duck served over some wicked potato thing with a side of roasted grapes was to die for. I will be trying to do the grapes at home. It cost about $24 including wine.

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It has been a great start to our holiday and we have another busy day planned for tomorrow starting at 6 am so I best get this posted and get to bed and rest my swollen feet.

Isaac's Guatemalan competition.

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Cool masks

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Posted by curlygirl 19:10 Archived in Guatemala Tagged g adventures antigua

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Enjoy your trip...looking forward to reading about your adventures!

by Janet

I love the pictures. So colourful

by Shirley

Thanks for sharing your trip with me, Shelley. Your gorgeous pictures and descriptions take me back to my own trip to Guatemala 18 years ago. I'm sure your hotel is the one I stayed in!

by Sharon

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