when i met robert he was primarily a travel writer, but once we had children, it practically made sense to do less travel and take a job that was financially reliable and so be more at home with the family; however, we have been very fortunate that he continued to maintain his love of travel and especially travel writing, which enables us to take the odd adventure. it was 4 years ago, when we made this trip to Guatamala, but the colour and beauty of the country has had a lasting impact on me.
20 hours is a long journey, but once you arrive in antigua, guatamala, its definitely worth it. antigua is set within a backdrop of active volcanoes, a small town with some tourism, its very similar to san miguel allende in mexico, but less touristically developed. we stayed in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful hotels, a converted 15C monastary, with its ruins in tact, the hotel has been sympathetically created around the ruins (caused by a major earthquake), to incorporate beautiful gardens and spaces. the rooms and corridors are filled with beautiful religious artefacts, fountains and tropical plants to create a peaceful place to stay. i definitely want to return to hotel santa domingo.