After some research I booked our room at the Hotel Casa Florencia. Our usual "M.O." is to book a room for the first night or two and take things from there.
As for how we enjoyed the Casa Florencia.... I ended up booking all our nights on our return trips from Lake Atitlan and Copan Ruinas at the Casa Florencia. The rooms aren't very large, in fact, they are on the small side. Though on our last night, we were given the larger "triple" room on the second floor. I'm guessing that the folks at CF were being nice to us for making the place our base of operations.
On many nights, we'd sit on one of the benches outside our room, and have our snack of fried chicken from Pollo Campero, and a cerveza or two. One evening we decided to taste test two of the very popular beers..... Brahva and Gallo.
Brahva is a light lager, very effervescent. Gallo, which is the more popular beer is also a lager, but has a weird "skunkiness" to it, that wasn't very enjoyable. It wasn't just a bad can.... all of them tasted that way. Needless to say, we stuck with Brahva from then on......
On the west edge of Antigua is the market which we only briefly visited. We did spend enough time to take some photos.
La Merced is an interesting way to spend an hour wandering the hallways, checking out the views above, and of course the fountain.
To the Southwest, is one of the oldest churches in Antigua, the Iglesia de San Francisco. Dating back to 1579, the church and the large monastery was destroyed in the great 1773 earthquake.
And of course, since this is a food blog, I need to include some food. During the evening, you can find vendors outside of La Merced, selling various items that is a good change of pace from all the tourist food.
The Missus always cracked me up when ordering these..... this type of small tamal are called "chuchitos". The term tamale is saved for larger tamals. So the Missus would point and go "tamales...tamales?" And the woman manning the cart would go "no, no, no tamales.... chuchitos!" And the Missus would point again and go, "tamales...." And the woman would go, "no...chuchitos"....... he-he-he....
And of course there was always someone selling tostadas.....
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