9months4continents2012with Di travel blog


reminded me of Asia


Claudia, Nick, Dave, Liz, Martha, Gus, Daniel, Allison, Eimear, Paudie, Sue, Mike

garlick prawns, yucca & rice

looking from our balcony into the courtyard

our very own turtle pond

on our balcony

Granada streetscape


i thought she looked creepy in the window


the main square

colonial Granada


still waiting for restoration

courtyard of the Chocolateria cafe


an old building being renovated as an exclusive hotel

the finished pool area



museum courtyard

Museum courtyard

courtyard no 2

One of th emany statues

Mayan statues

Statues all lined up

church facade

still in use

chocolate shop courtyard

just a small iced chocolate and a brownie


view into the volcano - thats steam coming up


some days you can see the lava - but not this day



it was windy and a long way down


Sunset over the volcano

heading into the bat cave

Mike, Emir, chris and Paudi





Emir, Paudi, Claudia and Liz

Maria, Halli Dave, Alison, Daniel and Nick


Dave's birthday dinner



Chocolate Caferteria


A 5am start carrying our bags to the made part of the road - about two hundred yards of road to our hotel was under construction and no cars could get any nearer -I hate my bag!! Caught the ferry back to the mainland and most of us slept and no one was sick! Nicaragua next on the itinerary and a border crossing with the Honduras Soccer team - we'd been watching them play on TV the night before. Hot and humid with light rain. Granada is a delightful city easy to wander and our hotel very pretty on the inside. Would have been even better if we'd had even a little hot water and while their were air conditioning units in the rooms they cost an EXTRA $25 a night to turn them on! Like most buildings it has an unimposing exterior and all the colour and greenery in the internal courtyard. A large tortoise pond was the main feature , they snapped up at you if you put your hand near thinking that you had food. Lots of nice eateries to choose from so of course we went to a pretty average one but the next night in honour of Dave's 50the birthday we chose a Thai place with some of the best food of the trip. Surprised him with a rendition of,'They say its your birthday" as we entered as no one had mentioned it all day he thought no one knew and was very surprised and pretty pleased. One really good find was a Chocolato Cafeteria - actually just part of an expensive hotel but with a beautiful courtyard and really really good breakfasts including some nice hot chocolate. Chocolate seems to be a specialty here and we went to a chocolate processing cafe where you could do tours we decided that tasting was probably enough bought a chocolate brownie to share and some rum chocolate for Dave for his birthday - also got some chili chocolate for myself but ended up giving most of it away before the heat spoiled it completely A half day trip to the local volcano to attempt to see its glow as evening arrived was OK and a walk up yet another mountain with slippery stones was just my thing - not - once again I was blessed with a guide - this time our driver who helped me over the worst bits- although a couple of times it was me stopping him from slipping and sliding down - one or two did use their bums as a safe way of getting down. Unfortunately it was too Smokey to see the red of the lava in the crater.

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