Posts Tagged ‘central park’
Many parks and main squares in Guatemala have photographer making a living by taken snapshots of visitors who want to keep a memento of their visit. La Antigua Guatemala is not an exception since there are about a dozen park photographers offering the instant photography service. For about Q20/$2.25 you can have your photograph taken and printed in situ. I recommend you to use their photography service at least once so you have a souvenir and at the same time help the honest photographers make a living. It’s in my opinion, a small price to pay, about the cost of a cup of coffee, to have a polaroid of your visit to Antigua Guatemala and help our local photographers; don’t you agree?
Weather aside: By the way, this is the rainy season in Guatemala.
Just as cucuruchos and processions are the staple imagery of Lent and Holy Week in La Antigua Guatemala, so are the photographers who arrive for this very special time of the year. Who can blame them for trying to capture colorful and dramatic images of the largest Lenten celebration in the world. And just when you think antigüeños can not make processions and carpets any bigger because of the narrow streets of Antigua Guatemala, they find a way. Soon, I am sure, hermandades (brotherhoods) will create floats that can accommodate 150 cucuruchos (carriers) or more through hinges. There will be over 50 activities for these 40 days of Lent.
Have you experienced Lent or the Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala?
Thursday was an unusually hot and humid day without rain and people took the opportunity to spend it outside, many in Antigua Guatemala’s Parque Central, some eating ice cream, other chatting with friends while most just sat at bench watching people go by. It was a very good day to be in Antigua Guatemala.
Do you wish you could be here now?
Sometimes it feels like the jacaranda trees begin flowering to coincide with the Cuaresma to add the natural purple to the 40 days of Lent.
Do you know why purple is the official color of the Lent season? Do a search in the archives for the answer.
In my never ending quest to bring you unique and different perspectives of this enchanting 500-year old colonial town which we know as Antigua Guatemala, I bring you this photograph taken by one of my co-workers at Revue Magazine and fellow photograhy enthusiast César Tián. The photo above could be the facing view of the picture shown in Almost Ready for 2012. Obviously, César knows people in higher places than I do because I have never been to the roof top of the Muni building. I’ve gotta fix that! In the mean time, let’s thank César for sharing this rooftop panoramic vista of Central Park with us. Make sure you click on top of the photo above to look at a larger image.
Photo by César Tián