First walk of Nicaragua

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My hotel room at El Club

After the little police incident the rest of the trip to Granada was fairly easy; we passed Masaya and entered quickly to small and colourful city of Granada. We entered the city and our first goal was to check-in at our hotel, the El Club, as quickly as possible. The plan was to leave our stuff in the hotel and have the first real look and feel of a Nicaraguan city.

We drove in through the main city and ended at the old merchant marked in the centre of the city, which I afterwards found out gave me a wrong impression on the city. The merchant area is quite messy and with an enormous amount of people in very few square meters.

We ran in to the usual problem of lack of signs in Granada as in Managua and the best reference was to ask for direction of the Parque Centrale, which most people knew the direction to.

Inside El Club
The rest we could handle with the city maps, which were displayed in the Lonely Planet.

We found the El Club and were pleasantly surprised; the rooms were naturally not as good as at the Best Western we stayed at the day before but the price was also only 15$ per night per room. The rooms were really nice with air condition, huge beds and warm water in the bathroom.

The whole hotel was really nice with a bar as the entry point; it served also as a nightclub from Thursday to Saturday, so it is not as recommendable if you are looking for a quiet place these days. We stayed from Tuesday to Thursday morning and the place was quiet as a graveyard, not that there were any other resemblance.

We dropped our gear and left the car in the street just in from the hotel, which turned out to be a place where we could park any day and I left it there the coming days, without any problems.

Inside El Club
We started by visiting the Parque Central and followed otherwise the route that was outlined in Lonely Planet. The route was outlined to people like us, people that just had arrived. It turned out that it was a great route to walk and we were passing many of the cities sights.

The Parque Central turned out to be a very nice place to walk and watch the city life of Granada. Loads of locals had their daily walk there and there were also some market activities. Young kissing people who looked like they were in love occupied many of the benches. There were also loads of elderly persons discussing with each others sitting on the benches like they probably had done for years. On some benches people were even sleeping but I mostly saw that in the evenings.

Surrounding the park were numerous of magnificent old buildings and not at least the bright yellow Cathedral of Granada and a pink building just opposite of the it.

Starting to get a feel for the colours
Almost the way round the park there were restaurants and cafes with more or less with any people in them. It was the low season and it was much quitter and nicer than we had anticipated.

We chose to follow the walking street leading down to the lake passing by numerous cafes and restaurants in magnificent colours. We were both impressed by these bright positive colours and the fact that implicit had a positive impact on our mood. My eyes and the camera came on overtime already from the start. There was even a small gallery with an exhibition of local artists, who painted in the traditional naive painting style. The atelier that they had in the backyard was truly heaven with a green garden including a water fountain and a beautiful volcano behind the city.

On the way we passed by the office of Tierra Tours one of the tour operators that hosted many of the different trips you could make from Granada.

Decoration in Granada
The people there were really sweet and provided great service. We booked two trips right away; one each for the following two days. The next day we would do a trip to one of the volcano complexes close to Masaya and the following day we would visit the Islands outside of Granada; both time they would pick us up at the hotel early in the morning.

We continued our walk towards the water and passed yet a church that far from looked as impressive as the cathedral, but still enough attractive in the patina white look that the years had left the church in. We passed a ball park and a school area with wonderful and huge trees that had impressive roots totally deforming the pavements.

Down at the water there were a statue of one of the heroes of Nicaragua and a large park that needed some looking after but had the perfect with towards some of the islands of the area and volcanoes in the distance.

Every house new colours
Walking back to the city centre following the route brought us back to the hotel passing some worn down shacks that needed some attention. These were the houses of the local people and it gave a much better picture of the standard of living than the tourist area that we just had walked by with all its beauty and different Irish pubs and fancy hotels.

The road back were much more the real thing that I had expected to see in Nicaragua knowing that Granada probably would be one of the two wealthiest cities in the country, the other being Leon on the other side of Managua and the city we would end our trip in Nicaragua 10 days later.

It was fascinating to see how the people were using the street as their living room during the day and we already got the look and feel with lose animals walking the streets from dogs to horses.

Colourful is the way
After another ½ hours walk we were back at the Parque Central and we headed for the market that we had driven trough some hours earlier.

The market was like being in an unorganized version of the bazaar in Istanbul with all its craziness and action going on. It was a true paradise if you were a collector of strange things but it also gave a first impression of the richness of fruit and vegetables that we could anticipate in both variety and quality. There were colours, scents and smells everywhere. We walked the marked for some time and I had already used the battery of my camera so we had to head for the hotel getting my back up for the rest of the walk that afternoon.

From the hotel we walked uphill and away from the water toward some more churches that all seemed to have mass and also attracted loads of people.

Just come in
I hope they all were believers and not ones that seek forgiveness for bad deeds. Many of the churches looked a bit worn down from the outside but quite nice inside.

We turned around at the old fortress, which was situated almost at the entry point in one end of the city. The fortress was today a museum and its mango trees also supplied some of the poor children living around it. They came by every morning after the nights rain to pick up the fallen mangoes the gate-keeper told us. We had to write in the book and I could see that we had been the 10th and 11th visitor that day and whereof half had been Nicaraguans.

We headed back towards the hotel to get a beer and a shower before meeting up at 8 pm for a look see of where to have our dinner the first night of visiting Granada.

Colours and a beautiful door

We meet and had an “apero” in the bar before we armed with the Lonely Planet in order to find one of their recommended restaurants for the first night. We had observed that we were the only two guests in our hotel and we had hardly seen any tourists in the streets during our walk and when we started to visit some of the recommended restaurants we found them closed. We had come out of season that was for sure.

We finally ended up in what was supposed to be one of the best restaurants in the city situated close to the Parque Central and it turned out to be truly great but we were almost alone in the huge house. The house was also the place that the filibuster Walker had chosen to stay in when he was conquering Granada; William Walker was the opportunist American who wanted to establish the 51st State of America in Central America.

More colours
Walker became president of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1856 and ruled until 1857, when he was defeated by a coalition of Central American armies. He was executed by the government of Honduras in 1860

 

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My hotel room at El Club
My hotel room at El Club
Inside El Club
Inside El Club
Inside El Club
Inside El Club
Starting to get a feel for the col…
Starting to get a feel for the co…
Decoration in Granada
Decoration in Granada
Every house new colours
Every house new colours
Colourful is the way
Colourful is the way
Just come in
Just come in
Colours and a beautiful door
Colours and a beautiful door
More colours
More colours
Nice house in Granada
Nice house in Granada
Doors with loads of work
Doors with loads of work
Small and decorative
Small and decorative
Granada street action
Granada street action
Parque Central
Parque Central
One of the few houses in the centr…
One of the few houses in the cent…
Large restaurant
Large restaurant
Parque Central
Parque Central
Roots
Roots
Play it again, Sam
Play it again, Sam
In the park
In the park
More heros
More hero's
Sitting there
Sitting there
Slow tempo in Granada
Slow tempo in Granada
A wonderfuæ public building
A wonderfuæ public building
The Cathedral of Granda
The Cathedral of Granda
The Cathedral of Granda
The Cathedral of Granda
House transport was very popular
House transport was very popular
Cross of The Cathedral of Granda
Cross of The Cathedral of Granda
The main square
The main square
Parque Central of Granada
Parque Central of Granada
The Cathedral of Granda
The Cathedral of Granda
Parque Central of Granada
Parque Central of Granada
Pink is beautiful
Pink is beautiful
Backing can be troublesome
Backing can be troublesome
Pink beauty
Pink beauty
The Cathedral of Granda
The Cathedral of Granda
City lamp post
City lamp post
Corner of The Cathedral of Granda …
Corner of The Cathedral of Granda…
Screaming pink was popular
Screaming pink was popular
Back dor to The Cathedral of Granda
Back dor to The Cathedral of Granda
One of the few white houses
One of the few white houses
Walking street
Walking street
Inside they had everything
Inside they had everything
A wonderful walking street
A wonderful walking street
Red is also in
Red is also in
A wonderful walking street
A wonderful walking street
Another beauty
Another beauty
Colours everywhere
Colours everywhere
Side street CAlle El Cisne
Side street CAlle El Cisne
A rare street sign
A rare street sign
Renovation another wonderful house
Renovation another wonderful house
Crawling like nothing else
Crawling like nothing else
Super blue
Super blue
Red works also well
Red works also well
A yellow Galeria
A yellow Galeria
Inside and peaceful
Inside and peaceful
Calm and a mini copy of the real G…
Calm and a mini copy of the real …
Inside the Galleria
Inside the Galleria
Wonderfu wookdwork
Wonderfu wookdwork
More street colours
More street colours
Towards the Parque Cental
Towards the Parque Cental
Ready for everybody
Ready for everybody
Inside in the peace
Inside in the peace
Calle de Calzada
Calle de Calzada
Beuatiful corner house on Calle de…
Beuatiful corner house on Calle d…
Beuatiful corner house on Calle de…
Beuatiful corner house on Calle d…
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Amazing woodwork
Amazing woodwork
Amazing woodwork
Amazing woodwork
Amazing woodwork
Amazing woodwork
Great tiles
Great tiles
A froozen Victoria
A froozen Victoria
Inside the garden of the bar/hotel
Inside the garden of the bar/hotel
Inside the garden of the bar/hotel
Inside the garden of the bar/hotel
Bell tower
Bell tower
Amazing woodwork
Amazing woodwork
Nice old tiles
Nice old tiles
The invoice
The invoice
Inside the garden of the bar/hotel
Inside the garden of the bar/hotel
Colonial style
Colonial style
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
68 and still here
68 and still here
Fish restaurant??
Fish restaurant??
Granada discusions
Granada discusions
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Road sign next to Inglesia de Guad…
Road sign next to Inglesia de Gua…
Inglesia de Guadalupe
Inglesia de Guadalupe
On the other side of Inglesia de G…
On the other side of Inglesia de …
Customers! who cares in this heat.
Customers! who cares in this heat.
The small park seen from Inglesia …
The small park seen from Inglesia…
The small park in front of Inglesi…
The small park in front of Ingles…
Inglesia de Guadalupe
Inglesia de Guadalupe
Inglesia de Guadalupe
Inglesia de Guadalupe
The small park in front of Inglesi…
The small park in front of Ingles…
An old water post
An old water post
Some of the more more nice houses …
Some of the more more nice houses…
Probably full Sunday morning
Probably full Sunday morning
The church
The church
Spanish school
Spanish school
Great tropic trees
Great tropic trees
The pavement is on the move
The pavement is on the move
You are not allowed to leave the s…
You are not allowed to leave the …
Being in the jungle
Being in the jungle
Being in the jungle
Being in the jungle
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Guard house - I hope
Guard house - I hope
Huge truck in this neighbourhood
Huge truck in this neighbourhood
A man and his horse
A man and his horse
Looking for a ride
Looking for a ride
The Promenade
The Promenade
Love was here too
Love was here too
Never became what they had hoped f…
Never became what they had hoped …
Loose horse
Loose horse
Former President from Granada
Former President from Granada
Calle El Calmito
Calle El Calmito
Why paint under the bench?
Why paint under the bench?
Playing with water
Playing with water
Happy face foundation
Happy face foundation
In the afternoon
In the afternoon
The king and his horse
The king and his horse
Road construction
Road construction
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Colours of Granada
Corner house
Corner house
Shoes on a string
Shoes on a string
They just didnt wanna come out!
They just didn't wanna come out!
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