I was lucky enough to snag an amaaazingly cheap round trip ticket to Guatemala and decided to visit Antigua, which is about an hour away from Guatemala City.
Antigua is an old Spanish style city situated between three visible volcanoes. It's a blend of ruin-like and renovated old buildings, cobble stone streets, cafes, art galleries and street vendors.
Honestly, I didn't do too much research about the city prior to my visit. I had heard through the grapevine that it was good place to visit, lots of art and good food, which sounds like my kinda' place. So when I saw the ticket, I went for it.
The city is visually stunning. I love old peeling walls, brick and iron work doorways, and Spanish tiled roofs. Antigua was the kind of place that kept me visually stimulated my entire visit.
There are textiles everywhere you look. You cannot imagine the stunning array of textures and colors, all hand woven and dyed.
In the center of town is a huge store named Centro de Textiles Tradicionales. It's enormous! So many different styles of textiles made into clothing, blankets, pillows, wall hangings, you name it - they sell it. Additionally, they sell all sorts of other odds and ends. Like these strange masks and dolls.
homemade pastries, tortillas....yum.
On my last day I strolled through the Museo de Santiago. The building is gorgeous, it looks like a castle. Inside there is a room which exhibits old torture tools, including an actual chamber where the torture used to take place. If those walls could talk!
I only visited for 4 days and I felt that wasn't nearly enough time to linger the way I would have liked to. I took so many photos - enough that it would probably be better to just do another post all together with additional photos. I'm keeping my eyes open for another ticket bargain. As soon as I see one, I'm outta' here!