All day I have been thinking about the incredible things in Antigua that I would like to share. Unfortunately, the most affecting thing that has happened today is the fact that there is no running tap water in the whole town (since around 8pm until 3am). Luckily, the climate here is quite nice and sweat is not an issue. Although I feel a little bit dusty.
I am happy to see Antigua back into tranquility this Monday morning. It turns out weekends are always mad in Antigua. And I saw it with my own eyes. Traffic jam in Parque Central, tonnes of people in the park, marimba music in front of Plaza del Ayuntamiento and crowds dancing….
I took so many photos today of the ruins of various churches and monasteries (aftermath of the three big earthquakes in the 1700s). But my favorite is the ruin of Santa Carmen in the evenings.
I also visited the San Francisco ruins, which the guide books say is a romantic place. I did not find my Romeo there. So, I cannot verify that information firsthand. LOL.
Casa de Santo Domingo is also a must see. It is a hotel and museum at once. The complex includes interesting ruins and skeletons in the crypts. The museums inside (Archeology, Religious Arts, and pre-Colombina figurines exhibited together with modern glass works) are quite interesting. The Archeology museum artifacts are not properly marked, but the sala/room has a long dining table and it would have been cool throwing a dinner party there. The Religious Arts statues are interesting and quite well curated (the hotel owner is a collector himself). The Pre-Colombina artifacts interest me, but I cannot say the same about the modern glass works. I suppose modern exhibition is not my thing. Cool approach in setting up the museum though. Just to give you an idea: one exhibition shows a jaguar jar from Classic Maya and a clear glass jaguar statue from Daum. There are also workshops within the complex, one of them being Candle Making workshop.
The Fuego volcano is extremely active today. We saw a bit of smoke spewing out this morning. Remember what I wrote on the first day here???
I will leave you here with more photos on the beautiful city. Enjoy!!!