En Antigua Sin Agua

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….

Weekend Dancing in The Plaza Mayor of Antigua
Weekend Dancing in The Plaza Mayor of Antigua
Weekend Pony Rides in Plaza Mayor in Antigua
Weekend Pony Rides in Plaza Mayor in Antigua
Antigua Cathedral
Antigua Cathedral

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.

The Ruins of Santa Carmen Church After Three Earthquakes in Antigua
The Ruins of Santa Carmen Church After Three Earthquakes in Antigua

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.

The Romantic San Francisco Ruins
The Romantic San Francisco Ruins

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.

Hallway in Casa de Santo Domingo
Hallway in Casa de Santo Domingo
Ruins inside the Casa de Santo Domingo Courtyard
Ruins inside the Casa de Santo Domingo Courtyard
Candle Making Workshop in Casa de Santo Domingo
Candle Making Workshop in Casa de Santo Domingo

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???

One of the Volcanoes Was Active When I Got to Antigua
Volcan Fuego – One of the Volcanoes Was Active When I Got to Antigua

I will leave you here with more photos on the beautiful city. Enjoy!!!

The Arch of Santa Catalina
The Arch of Santa Catalina
Courtyard in the La Merced Church
Courtyard in the La Merced Church
Facade of San Francisco Church
Facade of San Francisco Church

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