Bits & Pieces

  Courtyards in Antigua provide charming shops, open-air restaurants, and the opportunity to buy... almost anything.

Hundreds of typical Guatemalan blouses for sale.

The word for the traditional blouse is huipil (or güipil or wipil), pronounced "wee peel".
Todos Santos, Huehuetenango, Mam San Andres Semetabaj, Cakchiquel, Sololá
We found these representative outfits displayed in a courtyard in Antigua.
San Ildefonso Ixtahuacán, Huehuetenango, Mam Santo Tomás, Chichicastenango, K'iche' (Quiché)

In another courtyard we found a demonstration of an ancient weaving technique.

A Guatemalan woman weaves a decorative cloth on a hip-loom.

This type of weaving was common in Central America before Europeans discovered The Americas.

  Even dining inside, you are likely to have a view of a courtyard or garden.

A table in the restaurant at Casa Santo Domingo overlooks a courtyard with a wall fountain.
"Marley's Ghost" Lion with a Ball
Fanciful door knockers are popular in Antigua. The human face we nicknamed "Marley's Ghost" was fairly rare, but the lion, being a symbol of Antigua, was ubiquitous.

Street signs--even stop signs--in Antigua are made of tiles.

An interesting "phone booth" hangs from a ceiling beam.

One of the highlights of the trip.

After we left Antigua for Guatemala City, we found an advertisement for a deli in Antigua selling Blue Bell ice cream. We detoured through Antigua on the way to Panajachel and bought a half gallon of Cookies 'N' Cream. With only an icechest, not a freezer, it wasn't going to last long--so Steve manfully ate the whole half gallon between lunch-time and bed-time.