Day 5 (Wednesday), Granada, March 12

It’s hot! That’s all I can say. This is Tucson in mid-summer, or so it seems. And I’m far behind with photos…

Here are some more photos of the decorations in the hotel:

A boat that's been turned into a plant stand in the lobby of the Hotel Patio del Malinche, Granada.

A boat that’s been turned into a plant stand in the lobby of the Hotel Patio del Malinche, Granada.


Locally made crafts are displayed for sale in the hotel.

Locally made crafts are displayed for sale in the hotel.


This boat was turned into a book shelf in the hotel.

This boat was turned into a book shelf in the hotel.


In Hotel Patio del Malinche, the owners have several interesting tables and decorations.

In Hotel Patio del Malinche, the owners have several interesting tables and decorations.

After class today we walked down to Lake Cocibalco / Lake Nicaragua. We’d heard it was a terrible area. Getting there, we saw some tiny dwellings with dirt floors as well as some rather nice places.

Building at the Granada harbor. It seemed to be the terminal for a boat that didn't run on Wednesdays.

Building at the Granada harbor. It seemed to be the terminal for a boat that didn’t run on Wednesdays.


Statue of Córdoba at Lake Cocibalco, also called Lake Nicaragua.

Statue of Córdoba at Lake Cocibalco, also called Lake Nicaragua.


At the harbor, we wandered around, taking photos of some statues. A man in a uniform called to me and said he was a guard and that we should be careful with our cameras and purses, because thieves were in the area. Disquieting, but we saw no one suspicious.
Painted wall we found on the way back from the lake.

Walking back from the lake in Granada, we found an art school.
[caption id="attachment_758" align="alignnone" width="300"]Statue / fountain in front of the Escuela de las Bellas Artes in Granada. Statue / fountain in front of the Escuela de las Bellas Artes in Granada.


On a wall at the Escuela de las Bellas Artes

On a wall at the Escuela de las Bellas Artes


This cool painted wall was across the side street from the school.[/caption]
Iglesia Guadalupe, near the lake

We walked by this church, Iglesia Guadalupe, on our way back from Lake Cocibalco. The street turned into La Calzada, the pedestrian street.


La Calzada between the lake and the pedestrian area. The cathedral in in the background.

La Calzada between the lake and the pedestrian area. The cathedral in in the background.


Wooden sign for Mombacho cigars of Nicaragua.

Wooden sign for Mombacho cigars of Nicaragua. Coffee and cigars are important exports. Many buildings had interesting metal or tile signs. This one happened to be wood.


We’d read that you need to be careful if you buy property here, because there’s a certain amount of fraud. Apparently, one home owner was subject to quite a bit, judging from the signs on the property.
A "not for sale" sign on a house near Lake Cocibalco

Apparently, the owners of one house on the way back from the lake had had some problems with third parties “selling” their house. Several signs of this nature were posted on their property.


This sign repeated the "not for sale" message in Spanish.

This sign repeated the “not for sale” message in Spanish.


Apparently, the owners of the property were able to identify the third parties who tried to sell their house. They posted photos and information on the wall of the house.

Apparently, the owners of the property were able to identify the third parties who tried to sell their house. They posted photos and information on the wall of the house.

On the way back, we walked down La Calzada, which becomes the pedestrian street with all the restaurants. In the area we walked along, we found the Euro Café for lunch. That was on our “must-try” list, so it just happened that we found it.
We finished our walk on back, with a stop at Tierra Tours to see about a tour of Managua on Sunday and delivery to the hotel Los Robles there. Kathy and Annabelle fly home Monday morning before 7 a.m. My return is Tuesday.

By chance I saw some stained glass windows in a restaurant next door.

One of four stained glass windows in the Restaurant El Tranvia.

One of four stained glass windows in the Restaurant El Tranvia. It was also where you picked up your Avis car rental.


We had our daily “happy hour” in the hotel bar.
Annabelle and Kathy enjoy a drink after a hard day of sightseeing in Granada.

Annabelle and Kathy enjoy a drink after a hard day of sightseeing in Granada. The hotel had no munchies, so we broke down and bought a can of Pringles sour cream and onion chips at the mini-mercado.

Then we toddled off to dinner down the street at El Camello. Besides a cool sign, the place is always jumping, which should be the sign of good food.

The logo for the El Camello restaurant is great.

The logo for the El Camello restaurant is great. Unfortunately, the food not so much…

It’s a Middle Eastern restaurant that seemed to have an American owner/chef. Exceptionally, I ordered an appetizer, “Camel Toes”, mashed yucca stuffed with vegetarian curry and fried, served with tatziki. I had four huge pieces, really shaped like camel’s feet (or what I think they might look like) — interesting, but not something I can’t live without. I didn’t need the falafel in pita sandwich I’d also ordered. Kathy and Annabelle had flounder, I think it was. The restaurant ran out of bottled water, but the owner offered us ice and tap water, two things our guide books advised against strongly. The guy said he’d lived in Nicaragua for 10 years and everyone drinks the water, no big deal. We declined his offer. For having such a cool sign, the restaurant was rather disappointing in the food and the long wait.

More to come

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