The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ― Lao Tzu
Lucy and I hit the pavement hard in the morning, walking and taking pictures as if we were on some kind of crazy photography marathon. Lucy lives in Antigua. However, I only had one full day to see as much of this amazing city as possible. And, amazing Antigua was.
I was completely captivated by everything I saw. Every step was a photographic moment. Every building had a story to tell. The rooftops were often in a spray of blossoming flowers in hues of purples, pinks and white. The peeling paints telling the tales of centuries ago. The missing cobblestones making each street a unique albeit tiring journey. The mysterious volcanoes. Threatening and looming off in the distance. The colorfully dressed indigenous people. Everything was a Kodak moment. The problem was there simply wasn’t enough time.
Beautiful typical buildings and homes. There are many streets like this in Antigua.
Jacarandas in full bloom bursting out behind buildings and throughout the city.
Beautiful, historic walls and buildings with a unique contrast of new life versus destruction.
Layers of paint tell stories of the past. What color was it before?
Beautiful stone walls.
My stomach started growling around noon, my normal eating time. After all these years (well, 40), I’ve come to understand that my body is like clockwork and I am very routine. I eat at 8 am, noon and no later than 6 pm. I’ve been this way for years. It makes traveling hard (especially in countries like Spain where you eat well past 11 pm. Never go when you are pregnant. I did. Big mistake!). But I learn to adjust.
There was so much to see and experience in Antigua that I didn’t want to quit until finally we had to. It was a necessity. All that walking, talking and excitement made me feel like I was going to pass out. I had to eat. It was nearing two o’clock, well past my internal lunch time.
So where did we go? Local of course! Lucy knows all the fantastic local Guatemalan eateries in town. Yes, you can find any kind of international or Western cuisine imaginable in Antigua, but did we really want to suffice for plain old McDonalds? No way! Instead, Lucy brought me to one of her favorite haunts. Unfortunately I never got the name (I’m sure Lucy will comment and provide it later) but it was incredibly delicious and a great price. Plus, best of all the owners of the restaurant let us see a special surprise…..the rooftop deck and its amazing views of Antigua. It was the perfect retreat.
Here are the photos….hope it makes you hungry!
Our restaurant. The plates of the day. Order three different options for a great cost! And absolutely delicious.
The different meat options.
My entree. Chicken and veggies.
Lucy and I….two WordPress bloggers who met for the first time in Lucy’s Antigua.
After lunch, our server told us to follow him. He had a surprise. The roof. We climbed up a group of narrow stairs and reached the rooftop deck to uncover a gorgeous view of Antigua! What a delight! Here are the pictures from the top of the world.
I left our lunch feeling overly happy and full. Yet I was so excited because there was still so much to see! I could hardly wait!!!!!