Window shopping in Antigua, Guatemala

I’m not much of a shopper for a variety of reasons: 1) would rather spend my money on travel; 2) don’t really make enough money to spend on more of the things I already have, i.e. purses, jewelry, clothing; and 3) I begin to feel tired and ill in shopping centers – probably from the chemicals.  My style of window shopping is to walk around a new City/Village (new to me), peek in establishments or at beautiful architecture and take photos.  The quaint City of Antigua has lots of opportunity for window shopping…

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Well…there are windows in this photo!

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This is Tanque La Union where the Mayan women gather to do their laundry and socialize.

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Finding your Creativity in Antigua

When I’m traveling through beautiful Cities like Antigua, Guatemala, I feel more creative…able to spot the perfect photographic opportunity!  Like this antique car appearing on the street at just the right moment.  The driver even honked his funny horn to give us a thrill.

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Or when your friend is standing in front of a building and it seems right.

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The moment in the kitchen of the Airbnb you’re staying at and the empty bottles outside the window are distorted in that creative way…

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And the restaurant you decide to dine at with Tripadvisor’s help is owned by a painter and writer!

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Antigua, Guatemala…the City of cobblestones and magical beauty

The streets of Antigua, Guatemala are paved with beautiful cobblestones and most of the buildings are one-story high.  After checking into our Airbnb, my group and I left to wander the magical City!

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Everywhere we went, there was something colorful and beautiful to view!

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Itinerary for Upcoming trip to Guatemala and Nicaragua

I finished an itinerary for my Travel Spirit Meetup to visit Guatemala and Nicaragua for 10 nights in February and March of 2016.  I’ve always wanted to visit these countries and can’t wait to walk the ancient cobblestone streets and immerse myself in these colorful cultures!

Upon arrival in Guatemala, we’ll travel 1 hour by shuttle to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Antigua, where we’ll explore the historic architecture, surrounded by three volcanoes and abundant natural beauty!  Both of these countries need tourists to bring money to their economies.

One day will be spent taking a boat ride on magical Lake Atitlan with stops at two villages nestled in the surrounding hills to visit primitive art galleries, a women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving, and try some local dishes at lunch time, with amazing views of the lake and volcanoes.

We’ll also take a half day tour to visit a local family to see how they live, visit the school to meet the children, and learn how an NGO is helping to break the cycle of poverty.

After four glorious nights, we’ll hop on a short plane ride to Managua, Nicaragua and take a 2 1/2 hour shuttle to the Pacific coastal town of San Juan del sur for three days of fun in the sun!

Next up, a 1 1/2 hr. shuttle ride will bring us to the colorful town of Granada, Nicaragua!  I have a walking tour mapped out to visit the local churches, parks, and their Chocolate Museum.

Some of the optional activities will be zip-lining, kayaking, climbing a volcano, and a coffee plantation tour.  I’m limiting the trip to six of us, and am giving a presentation Tuesday evening to a group of fellow travelers.  February is a great time to visit these countries, with highs in the 80’s, plus we’ll be sick of winter by then!