February 16, 2008 GMT
DAY 16 - sight seeing in Antigua


FACT: Antigua Guatemala was once known as Santiago de Caballeros de Guatemal, founded in 1543 by Spaniards. At its peak it lasted 200 years as the capital of all of Central America. In 1773 several earthquakes destroyed the city and the capital was relocated to todays Guatemala city. Because it was abandoned not much repair took place and so the city maintained its original characteristics.

After a good breakfast i took off, by foot, to do some sight seeing of Antigua. Every second house is a museum most have huge patios with fountains, lots of flowers gardens and more flowers on the roof, windows. All the restaurants, hotels and businesses keep the baroque look of the colonials. Doors and windows are made of pure wood nicely engraved. Lots of private spanish tuition, many gringos around. Surrounded by the three volcanoes: "del agua", "del fuego" (an active volcano, which regularly puffs out smoke) and "Acatenango" (last erupted 1972), Antigua is a jewel and I loved everything about the place.
I also managed, for 125 Quetzal, to get some flags on Angelina.
Tomorrow to EL SALVADOR.

PHOTOS: local woman, Cathedral in Antigua, street with volcano del agua behind, getting flag of Salto and aboriginal australian put on bike volcanoes del fuego and acatenango behind
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SAME TEXT HERE IN SPANISH: Dia 16 miercoles 13

Antigua Guatemala, se llamaba Santiago de Caballeros de Guatemal Fundada en 1543 por los españoles por unos 200 años fue la capital de todo CA y del estado de chiapas en mex
fue una de las tres grandes ciudades de la epoca con mex y lima.
en 1773 varios terremotos destruyeron la ciudad y la relocalizaron donde es guatemala city hoy. como fue abandonada y solo la gente pobre quedo sin poder cambiar solo reparar algo, la ciudad mantuvo su caracter.
Despues de comer un buen desayuno americano sali a recorrer antigua a pie, cada casa es un museo, la mayoria con grandes patios con fuentes con agua y flores y mas flores en las ventanas en los techos, todos los restaurantes, negocios hoteles tienen el sentido de colonial, las puertas ventanas todo de madera macisa y buena, talladas, muchas escuelas particulares que enseñan español, hay mucho gringos haciendo cursos. Rodeada por volcan del agua, colcan del fuego y Acatenan es una joya, me gusto todo en antigua.
Tmbien por 125,00 Q me hicieron para colocar las bnderas en angelina, todo bien, mañana hasta El Salvador

Posted by Hugo Albini at February 16, 2008 07:37 AM GMT

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