Thursday, November 14, 2013

Granada, Nicaragua, Trip #2!

 On our second trip to Nicaragua we visited a business that makes cement tiles.  Everything is done by hand and has been for generations by the same family.  Here is a man mixing the fine sand with the cement, one of the first steps and not a good place to stand if you are wearing contacts!!  Live and learn!

This is the "assembly line" where buckets of different colored concrete are carefully poured into specific forms with individual designs to create the cement tiles.  To the right are stack of completed tiles.

There were about 4 or 5 men working on the "assembly line", all creating a portion of the design currently being created.  More finished tiles stacked on the left.  Once the cement has been poured into the form and pressed, it is set on end (just to the right of the "assembly line")  to start the drying process.

The building where this process goes on is very large and full of many completed tiles.  There are designs that are their own but also they do custom designs to order.

We enjoyed watching the process and spent quite a bit of time exploring the creation of cement tiles and the interesting building where the business resided.

A closer look at the press that is used after the man on the right puts the last layer of concrete.  Once the tile is pressed it is then stacked on end as mentioned above.

A finished tile ready to be stacked alongside the others waiting to dry.
The tiles are beautiful and very durable.  Because the color is in the cement rather than painted on later, it does not wear off.  We saw many different designs, however, we were unable to get a price even checking their website.

Carriage ride anyone?  There are many available to ride in Granada and, because October is a slow season, they were lined up along the street and eagerly trying to convince us to take a ride as we walked by.

While wandering around Granada we came across a wonderful museum full of very old artifacts.  The lady on the left was our guide.

Each one of these glass cases holds an ancient pot in graduated sizes!  Truly an amazing collection!

In addition to pots, there were a number of beautiful amours that we would have loved to have in our B & B.

The museum is owned by, we think, some people from Holland. The building has been beautifully restored with a courtyard full of wonderful flowers and plants.  Part of the building is used as a school.

A map of Latin America.

Incredibly old and beautiful pots.

Early one morning as we headed out to explore, we turned the corner and discovered this beautiful funeral coach waiting for his rider.

The coach was very ornate and enclosed in glass, the horse patient and still!

One more very old and wonderful church.

We are very taken by the doorways and the fronts of the houses and businesses in Granada.  We have many photos!!!

One more beautiful doorway!

A nice shady spot to sit in downtown Granada.  Very much appreciated as it is much warmer there than we are used to in Berlin.

Always hand crafted things to buy near the park.

The construction work that was going on during our last visit has been competed and looks wonderful.  Unfortunately, a look over the fencing is such a disappointment.  The beach is covered with debris and trash and the water is very uninviting.  We hope the lake and beach are the next project that is undertaken in Granada because such a nice job had been done on the rest of the city.

We enjoyed our second trip to Granada but saw many changes since the new government has been elected!  Most of these changes are higher prices, we are told, caused by increased taxes on businesses and individuals.  We were also levied a "tax" while on the bus when entering Nicaragua of $16.00 each!  Maybe our next get away will be a new destination!!

This ceiling is at the B & B where we stay and we also would like to have it in our house.  It is made from the King Grass that haunts us at the finca!!

1 comment:

fogerty said...

Sharon your Coach and horse..the coach is a hearse. I dont know if you knew that