Leon is far and away one of the most charming cities in Central America. After my other travels in Costa Rica and Belize I was convinced that while Central America has it's place in terms of wildlife and ancient cultures, I was longing for some of the fascinating colonial influence I had found in my travels further south. Leon hit the spot quite nicely as Elvis and I rolled up on a warm afternoon.
Here, the Spanish made themselves known with impressive cathedral's positioned on the plaza in the heart of the city. You can't help but marvel at the vaulted ceilings and ornate art. Most thrilling was the birds eye view offered from the church roof. Elvis and I climbed the narrow passage ways until we were standing atop the lofted ceilings we had marveled at from inside. The city spilled out in front of us and my adventurous side perked up as we walked carefully up and over the safe parts of the roof.
The art museum Elvis took me to was no less impressive. Looking rather unassuming from the outside, it opens into brilliant open air plazas filled with the art and history of Nicaragua. Elvis had a lot on the agenda for the day so he kept me moving through the museum at a good pace. I still couldn't help but linger over some the fascinating modern sculptures