Antigua Guatemala is a hide-out for the comfortably off and the harmlessly dotty…
This is quite possibly the best description I have ever read about La Antigua Guatemala and it comes from the pen of Adrian Anthony Gill, better know by his nom de guerre AA Gill.
Today it’s a miraculously beautiful, crumbly Spanish colonial town. Sometimes neglect is the best thing that can happen to a place. It’s set in the lee of three towering volcanoes, one of which smokes and dribbles malevolently. It’s a low grid of pastel- and earth-coloured shop fronts, courtyard houses, picturesquely ruined churches and runaway tropical gardens. It has an outré expat population who all seem to be escaping from something. Antigua is a Butch and Sundance hide-out for the comfortably off and the harmlessly dotty.”(AA GILL)
What’s your opinion? is AA Gill right on or is he off completely?
UPDATE: Here’s the sound track for this entry as requested by NYChapin. Enjoy!
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