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Reaching Lake Nicaragua


One of many homes on the Islets of Granada

One of many homes on the Islets of Granada

Our tour group left Granada behind and headed for the motor boats that would take us around Isletas de Granada (Islets of Granada) along the Asese Peninsula protruding into Lake Nicaragua.  Lake Nicaragua is the 19th largest lake on the planet, ninth largest on the North and South America continents.  The Spanish first mistook it for a sea, until their thirsty horses started quenching their parched throats.

Setting sail (or is that "setting motor"?) on Lake Nicaragua

Setting sail (or is that “setting motor”?) on Lake Nicaragua

Around the Asese Penisula are 365 mostly small islands, many of which have homes and even large estates on them.  These are the Islets of Granada.  And on one of these islets reside a colony of spider monkeys; hence the name “Monkey Island”.

Spider monkey sunning on Monkey Island — is it Mickey, Mike, Peter, or Davy?

Spider monkey sunning on Monkey Island — is it Mickey, Mike, Peter, or Davy?

So, just how big is this “sea”?  Lake Nicaragua is 100 miles/161 kilometers long, 44 miles/71 kilometers wide, and covers 3,191 square miles/8,264 square kilometers.  In it’s center are two massive volcanoes forming an island that covers 107 square miles/276 square kilometers — the inhabited island of Ometepe.  The taller of the two volcanoes is Concepción, rising exactly one mile in elevation — 5,280 feet/1.61 kilometers above sea level.  It’s a stunning image:

Concepción volcano on the island of Ometepe

Concepción volcano on the island of Ometepe

Now for today’s photo gallery of images around the Islets of Granada and some of the residences that sit on them (click on any image below to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show:

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Fun Photo Friday — Favorites of Granada and a Hint of Lake Nicaragua


Lamp and Wood

Lamp and Wood

Today’s Fun Photo Friday I present some of my favorite shots of Granada, Nicaragua, followed by a couple of sneak preview shots our boat tour of Lake Nicaragua.

Century Cross

Century Cross

Guadalupe Church

Guadalupe Church

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

Lake Nicaragua Preview

Lake Nicaragua Preview

Lake Nicaragua Preview

Lake Nicaragua Preview

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Walking the Streets and Cathedral of Granada, Nicaragua


Granada

Calle la Calzada, Granada

Our tour’s first stop in Granada, Nicaragua, was for a stroll along the beautiful Calle la Calzada.  This pedestrian street is lined with colorful buildings, statuesque street lamps, and tree-shaded benches.  We started this stroll near the Guadalupe Church pictured below.  This church dates back to the 17th Century, and it was once used as a fortress in 1856 by the infamous American military filibuster William Wallace.  If a U.S. citizen wants to truly understand why to this day the United States is so distrusted south of our border with Mexico and throughout Central and much of South America, one only needs to read up on this mercenary adventurer and his attempts to conquer Mexico, Nicaragua (where he actually ruled as “president” from July 1856 to May 1857), and Honduras.

Guadalupe Church of Granada

Guadalupe Church of Granada

In the photos presented today the Calle la Calzada may appear nearly deserted, but it was actually busier than hinted at here.  While not exactly bustling, it was sparsely enough populated that I was able to wait out any “crowds”, as I had allowed our tour group to get well ahead of me.  Even so, most of my photography that day had at least some people in them.

Calle la Calzada, Granada

Calle la Calzada, Granada

As I’m sure you noticed so far, one of the most striking features here are the brightly colored buildings.  They were truly a delight to capture.

Calle la Calzada, Granada

Calle la Calzada, Granada

At the western edge of Calle la Calzada are the Cathedral Plaza (Plaza de la Catedral), Central Park (Parque Central), and of course the Cathedral of Granada (Catedral de Granada — Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral).  Also here is an interesting statue titled “A la Madre Toda Abnegacion y Amor“, which translates to “A Mother is All Selflessness and Love”.

"A Mother is All Selflessness and Love"

“A Mother is All Selflessness and Love”

Also here at Plaza de la Catedral is the Century Cross, which stands beside the cathedral.

Century Cross in the Plaza de la Independencia

Century Cross in the Plaza de la Independencia

And rounding the corner you get your first glimpse of the Granada Cathedral with its bright mustard exterior with stark white trim and dark red domes.

Granada Cathedral and Plaza de la Catedral

Granada Cathedral and Plaza de la Catedral

Let’s take a tour of the inside:

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

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