ANTIGUA – Day off – Wed 7th March

The Porta Hotel was a wonderfully sprawling hotel set in old buildings in the middle of the old city with a wonderful view of a nearby volcano.  There were several places to visit in Antigua, one of them being the coffee plantation about 3.5km from the centre which showed one how the coffee bean was harvested and turned into coffee.  The old cobbled town was a maze of colourful buildings, full of markets and shops, museums and churches, restaurants and cafes and was a beautiful place to wander around.  There were local women selling their wears under the arches in the main square which had a huge purple blossomed tree in its centre.  Sarah arrived from England armed with a new Porsche tyre and rim for Serge and some spare parts and Toby set to work fitting them.  Toby also looked at Adrian’s gearbox which had seized in first gear and he changed the oil twice which seemed to solve the problem.

Everyone had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon, taking lunch in a lovely restaurant, relaxing at the hotel by one of the pools or having a siesta.  We found a great Moroccan restaurant in the evening which served deliciously spicy Tajins and pina colada’s with powdered cinnamon on top!   It had been another hot and sunny day and the evening was still balmy and warm but most of us had an early night in anticipation of the very long drive we had the following day.