|"Barriga llena, corazon contenta (belly full, happy heart)"|
So I think maybe, just possibly, this was the easiest vacation they've ever had, although we didn't always have hot water, or any running water for that matter!
|View from our hotel, Hotel Terrasol in Granada. I liked this hotel - it was more of a hostel in that the rooms are small and basic. Ours had one teeny window and Laura stuck the camera out of it for this shot. The owners are super nice and helpful.|
|Looking toward Mombacho Volcano from the balcony at Hotel Terrasol.|
|Being the Brownings, we had to check out the now-defunct train station in Granada. I would skip this and go to the market or lakeshore instead.|
|Hotel Dario - a fancy hotel that we did not stay at, right on Parque Colon. But the good thing about Hotel Terrasol, is that is only a little ways from town center but nice and quiet.|
|You'll see alot of pictures taken by Granada tourists from the bell tower at Iglesia La Merced. We made a small donation to the church to climb to the top.|
|Climbing down from the bell tower. (Please do not ring the bell.....)|
We spent one evening and one morning in Granada, which was plenty. Out of 2 1/2 weeks in Nicaragua, this is probably the only thing I would really change. In short, I would have only spent the evening in Granada, say from 3 or 4 in the afternoon onward and then leave in the morning. We're not big city folk, or city folk, for that matter. Still, I felt that we should see the oldest city in the Americas. And it was fun to just wander around, until the small people got hot and whiny. Granada is easy for walking, and even at night you are safe if you stay within a certain radius of the city's center.
Granada was founded in 1524 at the edge of Lake Cocibolca (or Lake Nicaragua). The Spanish colonial architecture was pretty and the town impressive with Mombacho Volcano looming in the distance. Great for photography.
So, instead of spending a morning walking around Granada (because we thought the kids needed 'down time'), I would instead kayak in Lake Nicaragua (there are freshwater sharks) or go back to Mombacho Volcano for ziplining. Both doable with kids our age. Hotel Terrasol can arrange either one for you and will try to get you the best deal. You can be picked up for either right at the hotel, and Hotel Terrasol will store your luggage while you are out and about, if you are checking out to travel elsewhere. We went from Granada to Laguna de Apoyo........
Ben pulled me by the hand into this church to watch the procession. Certainly this had something to do with events leading up to Holy Week. Ben is fascinated by religion.
|Photo by Ben.|
I'm going to come clean right now and say that on our very last night in Nicaragua (day 16 or something!), we got to our hotel so late that I [gasp!] ordered room service, which didn't cost more except for tip.