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Night Moves

by Anne Watcher on Saturday March 19th, 2011 at 2:02pm

Have you ever noticed that everything looks different under the light of the moon? Places we would just walk by or ignore in the harshness of the noon hour sun, come to life in the mellow light of night time.

Here in Granada, restaurants that we have totally missed before, seem to come to life at night, like an oasis in the desert. Homes that look normal and small, reveal their beauty and often vastness when the lights go on inside. It really is true that lighting makes the shot!

Sounds too vary at night. Daytime sounds of horses hoofs, taxis honking and vendors calling out, while they are all still there at night, seem to be quieter and less harsh. Traditional music coming from one corner, hip hop of the break dancers from another and soft voices from a band all blend to make a calm and enjoyable night.

This is the perfect time to stop and "smell the roses" as they say. Enjoy a good meal, have a glass of wine, make a purchase or just sit on a bench and people watch! I'm sure you will feel entertained and relaxed all at the same time.

The full moon rising above the streets and roof tops of Granada.

Rob and I have walked past this building many times and have never really noticed it's beauty. But lit up like this at night it is impossible to miss. It is actually one of the more upscale hotels and restaurants in Granada and it's elegance shines through at night.

Waiting patiently

This home was more of a museum with it's amazing art pieces and hand painted ceiling. I really felt like we were intruding but couldn't resist peeking in for a look. It really is crazy what is behind the flat stucco walls and doors that line the street.

Traditional sounds can be found almost every night. By everyone's smiling faces, I'm assuming it was good.

Street vendors are a fact of life here, just part of the culture of Nicaragua. You can buy literally almost anything from a vendor going by your home or on the street. Fruit, vegetables, brooms, full meals, electronics, pottery and my favourite, jewelery are all readily available. I have also discovered that you can get a really good deal if you are willing to walk away from the price asked (even though you really want that bracelet!).

Beautiful evening, beautiful voices

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