Day 8 (Saturday), Granada, March 15

Saturday is Annabelle and Kathy’s last full day in Granada, so we wanted to make sure we’d seen everything.

A different family vehicle than we normally see.

We saw many families on a bicycle, but I usually was too slow to get a photo. One that sticks out was a motorcycle with dad in helmet and son, maybe 3, also in helmet.

This little three-wheeler was another means of transportation around Granada.

This little three-wheeler was another means of transportation around Granada.

We started at the Cathedral, which we hadn’t found open before. Along the way we found some women preparing fruit to sell.

Women prepare and sell fruit on the street in Granada

Women prepare and sell fruit on the street in Granada


The cathedral in on the Central Plaza, a huge yellow building.
Cathedral in Granada, a bright yellow building on the Central Plaza

Cathedral in Granada, a bright yellow building on the Central Plaza.


Chapel in the cathedral in Granada.

Chapel in the cathedral in Granada.


Close-up of painting in chapel of the cathedral in Granada.

Close-up of painting in chapel of the cathedral in Granada.


The main altar of the cathedral in Granada

The main altar of the cathedral in Granada. We found it open Saturday morning.


Close-up of the altar in the cathedral in Granada.

Close-up of the altar in the cathedral in Granada.


Stained glass windows in the cathedral in Granada.

Stained glass windows in the cathedral in Granada.


Jesus carries the cross in front of the altar of the cathedral in Granada.

Jesus carries the cross in front of the altar of the cathedral in Granada.


Stained glass window in cathedral in Granada

Another stained glass window in the cathedral of Granada, high up and not in a place where I could shoot it more directly.


Stained glass window, washed-out color

A few stained glass windows in the cathedral in Granada were fine; a couple showed up to the eye, but were totally washed out in the camera.

Then we went through the Plazuela de los Leones. On the way to the Antiguo Convento San Francisco, we found a nice little art gallery, with works by various family members. Kathy and I got some coffee in packages with label art by the father. The son who was working at the gallery showed interest in my things, and we thought we’d arranged a time in late afternoon to go back with the few pieces I have with me. (Unfortunately, when we went back, the gallery was closed.) We were interested in the Convento, because Annabelle found in the garden the sculptures we’d seen transported a couple of days earlier. We got some great shots of Mombacho and the roof of the cathedral.

Antiguo Convento San Francisco

Antiguo Convento San Francisco. Note the many electrical wires.


Sculpture in the patio of the Antiguo Convento San Francisco

We saw this sculpture being delivered; Annabelle found it a couple of days later at the Antiguo Convento San Francisco. This is more or less behind the Casa de los Tres Mundos and across the side street from Kathy’s Waffle House.


The Antiguo Convento San Francisco offers a nice overlook of the volcano Mombacho and the cathedral in Granada.

The Antiguo Convento San Francisco offers a nice overlook of the volcano Mombacho and the cathedral in Granada.

We wandered around looking for Rocado, supposed to be the oldest house in Granada.

Sign for El Recodo on the building

Sign for El Recodo on the building


Annabelle and Kathy take photos of Recodo

Annabelle and Kathy take photos of Recodo, said to be the oldest building in Granada and quite an adventure to find.


A trough or planter in front of El Recodo.

A trough or planter in front of El Recodo.

In the end we wound up back at the Convento, or almost, at Kathy’s Pancake House. OK, we tried to find real Nicaraguan food, but it seems most everything is aimed at tourists. That said, my banana pancakes were about the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. Kathy enjoyed her French toast and Annabelle, her omelet. Coffee was free.

Kathy's Waffle House, Granada

Kathy’s Waffle House, no relation to our Kathy. A great omelette and some of the best pancakes ever.

After lunch, we stopped by the Garden Cafe, which turned out to be just a block away from Kathy’s. We bought some Nicaraguan chocolate, which required some effort, since we’re running low on change. We’ve paid pretty much everywhere with US dollars, though change is in Nicaraguan córdobas. I got a bunch of córdobas out of the ATM a few days ago. A dollar is roughly 25 córdobas. Note to self: if ever I travel this way again, I need to have lots of $10, $5 and $1 and not so many $20…

Then it was off to the market (“mercado”) in search of a CD by Nicaraguan singer Perrozompopo. We didn’t find it, but we did find several pirated CDs by various singers, so I got one and Kathy two. We also found Palí, the less expensive grocery. This is sort of like Sam’s Club or Costco — not fancy, some larger containers of items.

Vendors at the mercado in Granada

A couple of vendors outside a shop at the Mercado in Granada.


Saturday at the mercado

Saturday at the Mercado… The whole of Granada seemed to be there.


A local bus makes its way through the Mercado.

A local bus makes its way through the Mercado.


I was busy shooting photos while Annabelle and Kathy went on down the street. This was the outer part of the Mercado.

I was busy shooting photos while Annabelle and Kathy went on down the street. This was the outer part of the Mercado.

For dinner we went to Cafe Estrada, an upscale little place with a hotel that Kathy knew from a previous trip.

Estrada, a boutique hotel and nice restaurant

Estrada, a boutique hotel and nice restaurant

We took along the rest of Kathy’s birthday cake, which we still had a bunch of at the end.

This photo shows better the brilliant turquoise of Kathy's birthday cake. We'd each had a piece the evening before.

This photo shows better the brilliant turquoise of Kathy’s birthday cake. We’d each had a piece the evening before.


Kathy with her birthday cake.

Annabelle got a good shot of Kathy with her turquoise (!!!) birthday cake.

Back in the hotel, we offered the rest of the cake to the owners of the hotel, who were at the front desk. They referred us to the bartender, who has a daughter. And the owner offered us some of his house-made coffee liqueur, which he’d cooked a few days earlier: coffee, sugar and white rum. Yum.

Tomorrow it’s Managua. I’m going on the tour with Kathy and Annabelle. The tour company will drop them at the Hotel Los Robles in Managua and bring me back to Granada. As our hotel is fully booked tomorrow night, I’m going across the street to Hotel La Pergola. It looks nice, though not quite the same as Patio del Malinche. Ah, well.

Annabelle and Kathy then have a flight home before 7 a.m. Monday. My flight is Tuesday afternoon.

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