Day 9 (Sunday), Granada / Managua

Sniff. Our stay at the wonderful Hotel Patio del Malinche has come to an end. Here are some final photos of the nicely decorated hotel.

The orange-flowered Malinche tree on the patio, for which the hotel was named.

The orange-flowered Malinche tree on the patio, for which the hotel was named.


Decoration at Hotel El Patio del Malinche

Decoration at Hotel El Patio del Malinche


Banana tree near the pool of El Patio del Malinche.

Banana tree near the pool of El Patio del Malinche.

Balsa birds on the patio of the Hotel El Patio del Malinche.

Balsa birds on the patio of the Hotel El Patio del Malinche.

Leaves captured in the place mats at El Patio del Malinche.

Leaves captured in the place mats at El Patio del Malinche.

Art isn't just on the walls at El Patio del Malinche.

Art isn’t just on the walls at El Patio del Malinche. The keys are all carved from a chunk of wood.

Plant with black ceramic pot on the patio at El Patio del Malinche

Plant with black ceramic pot on the patio at El Patio del Malinche

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Singer sewing machines seemed to be popular as tables. El Patio had two on the patio.

Singer sewing machines seemed to be popular as tables. El Patio had two on the patio.

Annabelle and Kathy waiting for the van to Managua.

Annabelle and Kathy are ready to go on the next adventure, to Managua and a new hotel.

Alex of Tierra Tours, with driver Roberto, picked us up at 10, as planned. And we were off to Managua. We had a nice tour, with some history. It was quite warm, Tucson in the summer, but the van was air conditioned.

First stop was the new cathedral, Catedral de la Immaculada Concepción de Maria, designed by a Mexican architect. The building is quite unique — and open / cooler for the congregation. A mass was just beginning when we got there. When the Cardinal entered with the procession, the people in the congregation applauded. That’s the first time I experienced that kind of reception of the “priest” in a church.

The new cathedral in Managua

The new cathedral in Managua, a most unusual building conceived by a Mexican architect.

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Inside the cathedral in Managua

Inside the cathedral in Managua


The cardinal at the altar of the new cathedral during Mass.

The cardinal at the altar of the new cathedral during Mass.

Outside the church a group protested in support of Venezuela.

Protesters show support for Venezuela in front of the cathedral

Protesters show support for Venezuela in front of the cathedral

Next, we went to the highest point in Managua, a park overlooking a small lake. High point was a huge metal statue of Sandino plus a yellow tree. Yellow trees seem to be everywhere. This was on military property.

The yellow "peace" trea and the outline of Sandino, a previous leader of Nicaragua.

The yellow “peace” trea and the outline of Sandino, a previous leader of Nicaragua.

Fountain in small lake, from the hilltop of Managua

Fountain in small lake, from the hilltop of Managua

View of old cathedral and lake, from the overlook on the hill.

View of old cathedral and lake, from the overlook on the hill.


Then a park
Park in Managua near the Plaza de la Revolución

Park in Managua near the Plaza de la Revolución


In the park in front of the Plaza in Managua. This was a usual sight in the parks.

In the park in front of the Plaza in Managua. This was a usual sight in the parks.

and the Plaza de la Revolución, with the old cathedral (destroyed in an earthquake in the 1970s),

The old cathedral

The old cathedral, destroyed (if I understood correctly) in an earthquake.

the office of the current president,

Casa de los Pueblos, office of the President

Casa de los Pueblos, office of the President, Daniel Ortega.


Two Nicaraguan heroes, Dario Ruben and Sandino, in front of the Casa de los Pueblos.

Two Nicaraguan heroes, Dario Ruben and Sandino, in front of the Casa de los Pueblos.

and the Museo Nacional de Nicaragua, which we toured.

Palacio Nacional, home of the national museum, among other organizations.

Palacio Nacional, home of the national museum, among other organizations.

One room had a display of portraits of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela in a variety of mediums by a variety of artists.
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Another portrait of Hugo Chavez.

Another portrait of Hugo Chavez.


Our last stop was the waterfront, a park where families can enjoy refreshments for the same cost as elsewhere (instead of at inflated prices).
At the harbor in Managua

At the harbor in Managua


The park along the harbor provides entertainment and food at normal prices, instead of inflated ones usually found at such places.

The park along the harbor provides entertainment and food at normal prices, instead of inflated ones usually found at such places.

At the end we dropped Annabelle and Kathy at the Hotel Los Robles. It looked like a nice place, but there was really nothing around it. So, I’m glad I planned to go back to Granada with the van.

The bad part is that I’m at a different hotel, one a half-block away, the Hotel La Pergola. It’s less expensive, but also simpler. The Internet connection appears to be much better. We’ll see.

I took myself on a little tour around Granada when I got back, to see if the art gallery (Efren Medina) was open today. It was half — I could see in, but the lights were off. I had a lime/coconut/pineapple smoothie at The Garden Cafe, waiting for Pizzaiol to open at 4, so I could have an early dinner.

I talked to the owner, since I was the only one in the restaurant. He’s obviously not Nicaraguan. Turns out he’s originally French, from an area near the Spanish border. His wife is Italian. They spent four years earlier in a beautiful area in Costa Rica, but it was an area that had few tourists. He finds it better in Granada. The upshot of that was, I got French practice instead of Spanish practice.

On the way back to the hotel, I found preparations underway for St. Patrick’s Day…

An Irish pub on La Calzada in Granada gets ready for St. Patrick's Day.

An Irish pub on La Calzada in Granada gets ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

At the end I came back to the hotel and have been working on the blog ever since.

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