Antigua Touring and Dining
13 January 2014 | Antigua, Guatemala
Beth / shirtsleeve days and fleece evenings
Antigua is always a current and historical treat to eyes and minds, and it was fun to see it with “new tourist” eyes as we walked around with our visiting son, Alex.
When we first came here two years ago, we took a tour with Elizabeth Bell. Our only available time this year was a Sunday and Elizabeth takes that day off, so we booked a private tour with her associate, Roberto. Because it was Sunday, some buildings were closed and the city was over run with tourists, so Roberto walked us around the edges and up above the busiest parts of town. We had been inside the Jesuit church and the attached building now restored and occupied by the Spanish Embassy, but had no idea of the extent of the building - where cloisters and courtyards went on and on. Up at La Merced church, once again we went up the stairs and discovered a wonderful rooftop area that we hadn’t known existed. What a wonderful place to wile away a sunny afternoon with book or sketchpad. The glass museum at the Santa Domingo Hotel was as fascinating as ever, and we got a kick out of popping through open doors of hotels and restaurants to see gorgeous little courtyards and fine old patios and elegant décor.
We dined for the first time at Sobremesa where we loved the easy banter with Alex (the owner) and of course our own Alex. Our tapas platter was delicious and the Wendy pizza just divine.
Hostel Las Marias – in the west end of Antigua near the cemetery – was a perfect place to stay. As Jim commented, the neighbours were quiet! We enjoyed a double room until Alex arrived and then moved to an apartment room with kitchenette and two double beds. Full breakfasts on the patio were delicious, the wifi worked quite well, and the staff were very helpful with our arrangements. We took a tuktuk back from the centre of town the first night, but felt comfortable walking after that.
And then we were off to Copan!