Saturday..............Last day in Nicaragua

Granada Travel Blog

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La Merced, could do with renovation/cleaning

Marcos and I meet up in the dining room around breakfast time and decide to go out for a walk.  Later in the afternoon I have a boat tour for 2 1/2 hours to some local islands, but until then I have no commitments. 

 

There’s a big party on tonight in Granada and there are stands and marquees being set up.  We go first to La Merced, where for USD1 each, we climb the belltower, which gives fantastic views over Granada.  My concern is that they might ring the bells whilst we’re up the tower; I didn’t think they would, but who knows?  It’s hotter than yesterday and we feel sorry for the horses standing out the front, attached to a hearse.  The hearse is still there when we climb down again. 

 

We wander to the main plaza, look at the crafts, buy a drink, wander through other places, including some strange arts place where we pay USD0.

View of Granada from belltower of La Merced
5 to go in, but there isn’t really anything to see.  Then we go to the museum next to the church of San Francisco.  It’s not a particularly interesting museum. 

 

Marcos has to organize his bus ticket to Costa Rica tomorrow and can’t sort it out at the tourist information centre, so he goes off to see the bus company while I go to have something to eat at the Amsterdam News Café on the main plaza.  Then I go back to the hotel and at 3 pm I’m ready for the tour. 

 

There are about 10 of us on the tour.  We go by minibus to where the boat is anchored and then head off to see some small islands, many for sale, some very expensive homes.  There is one very flash house which is owned by a politician; thus is Nicaragua, your taxes at work.

View from belltower of La Merced

 

On one island is an old fort, on another monkeys, which come down to the boat to take biscuits from the hands of people on the tours.  However we have to be careful as the monkeys have been known to bite and they are also quite partial to cameras.

 

We go to a place where there is a bar and hammocks, get off the boat to have a drink and stay a little while.  Then we get back into the boat, back to the minibus and are deposited at the hotel.  Nothing very exciting, but 2 1/2 hours of nothing strenuous for only USD12.  Can’t complain.

 

After I returned to the hotel I got my puter and used the wifi for a while.

Marcos in belltower
  Marcos came in and we decide to go to visit the fiesta.  The music is unbelievably loud and there are lots of people in the streets.  You have to be very careful, as there are people who come from other places, with the intention of robbing unwitting victims.  Marcos has a pepper spray, so armed with this we go and watch the parade.  I love the drums.  As Victor finishes cooking meals by 9 pm, we head back to the hotel around 8:30 and have dinner and share a bottle of wine.

 

Then we have another look at the fiesta, but it’s much quieter now.  The parade has nearly finished and is now only outside the town hall and official dais.  Marcos wants me to get into the official enclosure, with my blonde hair etc….  I say no, it’s just not me.  So then he decides that he will use his Argentinean charm and actually sweet talks his way in, beckoning me to come.  We get on the official dais; as it’s nearly the end of the ceremony it’s very informal now anyway.

 

Afterwards we head back to the hotel.  I have an early start tomorrow.  I have to get up at 4:15 am as I have a plane to catch at 7:05 am in Managua.
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La Merced, could do with renovatio…
La Merced, could do with renovati…
View of Granada from belltower of …
View of Granada from belltower of…
View from belltower of La Merced
View from belltower of La Merced
Marcos in belltower
Marcos in belltower
Opposite La Merced, a bright build…
Opposite La Merced, a bright buil…
Colourful carriages in main plaza,…
Colourful carriages in main plaza…
Main Plaza
Main Plaza
Church of San Francisco
Church of San Francisco
Palms in courtyard of museum next …
Palms in courtyard of museum next…
Precolombian stone carvings in mus…
Precolombian stone carvings in mu…
View from Amsterdam News Cafe, mai…
View from Amsterdam News Cafe, ma…
Amsterdam News cafe.  Hello Kelly!
Amsterdam News cafe. Hello Kelly!
Oldest house in Granada, hugely re…
Oldest house in Granada, hugely r…
House on one of the islands
House on one of the islands
Monkey
Monkey
Monkeys, one finally grabbed a cra…
Monkeys, one finally grabbed a cr…
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
Fiesta time
View from official dais
View from official dais
View from official dais
View from official dais
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