Antigua Tales and Images






It was a surprise to all of us to learn what an intriguing place Antigua, Guatemala is. This ancient town of cobblestone streets is artistic, musical and fun. Not just cobble stone here and there but everywhere. Some stones date back 400 years and as a result the streets are all very narrow. Not exactly made for cars, the traffic is slow and the ride bumpy as the tires bobble on the cobble. To go a few blocks takes forever as all the streets are one way and you have to go around the block(s) to get anywhere.

It is also very hard to know where you are as almost all buildings look the same from the street – just walls. You don’t know what is behind those walls until you enter. There are some land marks like the town square with pillars 600 plus years old, old churches and the original university buildings constructed in 1675.

Behind many walls are small restaurants where the food in unfailingly delicious and the decor pure art. Unlike our restaurants with Spanish decor, in Antigua it is the real thing with stone walls over a foot thick and corrugated tin roofs or terracotta tile.

The dining experience is unique. You are greeted warmly in Spanish ( or English ) order a drink and wait. They seem in no hurry to bring your drink; maybe 10 or more minutes. An even longer wait follows your food order.There just is no hurry. Meanwhile you could be entertained with live music from any number of styles or combinations.Our first visit to Antigua was on the weekend and the streets,hotels and restaurants were full as the Guatemalans flock there by the hundreds. Our second visit was during a weekday and you could have your choice of everything.

One of the new attractions in Antigua is a very cleverly designed and constructed mountain-top park and activity center. You get to the park via a very steep road in a special truck made to look like horse and buggy transportation of old. When we were there on a Saturday night the park was hosting several weddings in giant modern tent-like structures. There are also restaurants on the mountain top , a church overlooking the town and many outdoor sculptures, many of which really bend your mind. The grounds also have a world class art gallery with ever changing exhibitions.

The major pastime by visitors is to stroll the streets and visit the eclectic shops and eat and drink. You are pestered by pushy street vendors but after a while you get used to it You learn how to barter and towards the end of your trip you find out how you could have bought whatever at a fraction of what you paid for your first whatever. All in all a magic place.  ( PS Just to show you how photogenic this place is most of these images where made in about three hours shooting time)

_MG_5350 _MG_5286 _MG_5292 _MG_5295 _MG_5296 _MG_5299 _MG_5331 _MG_5335 _MG_5337 _MG_5345_MG_5480 _MG_5404 _MG_5451 _MG_5457 _MG_5463_MG_8071 _MG_5482 _MG_5491 _MG_5492 _MG_5495 _MG_5514 _MG_5515 _MG_5517 _MG_5525 _MG_5528 _MG_5531 _MG_5533 _MG_8032 _MG_8066_MG_8280 _MG_8074 _MG_8086 _MG_8091 _MG_8092 _MG_8093 _MG_8094 _MG_8099 _MG_8131 _MG_8133 _MG_8139 _MG_8146 _MG_8147 _MG_8156 _MG_8161 _MG_8171 _MG_8226 _MG_8231 _MG_8233 _MG_8245 _MG_8279_MG_8490 _MG_8281 _MG_8315 _MG_8320 _MG_8329 _MG_8333 _MG_8345 _MG_8385 _MG_8397 _MG_8401 _MG_8407 _MG_8411 _MG_8414 _MG_8416 _MG_8460IMG_1431 _MG_8533 _MG_8553 _MG_8648 IMG_1309 IMG_1331 IMG_1347 IMG_1349 IMG_1416_MG_8181 _MG_8183 _MG_8186 _MG_8196 _MG_8220 _MG_8223


2 thoughts on “Antigua Tales and Images

  1. Sheila

    Wonderful pictures – what an incredible journey you 9 have had! And what an illustration to show the difference 9 people can make in the world. I am in awe of your contribution. With much respect.

  2. Mary Ann Gerwing

    I love the photos! What an exciting place to visit! The photos are amazing. Keep them coming. How can anyone avoid the markets…….and not buy? Beyond me! I’d go nuts! Congratulations on the work you are doing. Must make you feel very good. We’re proud of you.
    Mary Ann

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: