Granada Nicaragua

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Mar 31, 2008


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Im spending Semana Santa in another Granada which is nicknamed La Gran Sultana"
after our own Granada in Spain.
Founded by Fransisco Cordoba in 1524 it has a long and illustrious history but unfortunately
in the nineteenth century rich families from its rival town,Leon, paid an Americn filibuster,William
Walker, to destroy it and he burned it to the ground. He put up a notice,saying "Here was Granada."
Nice man! Consequently, there are very few original buildings which gives it a different feel to other
historic towns I have visited on this trip.
What marks it out is its situation-only 10 minutes walk from the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the biggest
lake in Central America. It takes 14 hours by boat from here to the other end which then connects to the
Rio San Juan and the Caribbean. British and French pirates used this route to sack Granada several times
taking millions of pounds of loot bck to Jamaica.
The lake has 350 little islands-Las Isletas- and the super rich of Nicaragua and abroad have built fabulous homes
on some of them. I took a boat trip out on the lake the other day and there were a few signs with Islands for sale!!
On some of the islands monkeys have settled tho how they ended up there Im not sure- maybe from shipwrecks.
The Malecon-lakeside front -at Granada is pretty with a proper sandy beach and a park full of mango trees behind. Locals go there to swim and enjoy the restaurants.
Yesterday I took a trip to Laguna de Apoyo, another smaller lake inside the crater of an extinct volcano-
fabulous views and I enjoyed eating breakfast on the deck of a restaurant overhanging the lake and doing a little sun bathing.
Semana Santa feels quite low key here compared with Spain. I have seen a couple of small processions and the children were carrying crosses made of maize leafs on Palm Sunday.
Well I can hardly believe I am coming up to the final week of the trip which Ill spend in Costa Rica- the days are just flying by now!
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