So, the start of a long touring holiday in Costa Rica. And one starts in the capital, San Jose. But arrive too late to do anything but settle into my hotel
Which was the Hotel Aranjuez, which is a little outside the city centre, but walking distance of everything one might want to see. The USP of the place is that it is fashioned out of half a dozen 1930s houses.
Rooms are basic but fine. Most remarkable part - note the swan "towel sculpture". These were to be a feature of my holiday. I am not sure of towel folding is an art form.
And the hotel had a number of just nice sitting rooms to read in. And downside? Well one could do with the quite sitting rooms to catch up on sleep lost overnight in the incredibly noisy room. Normally one complains of noise from traffic. But here it was either staff or guests (there was an ice-machine nearby) both late at night and early morning, plus lots of banging noises from things that seemed loose in the wind (doors, roof?)
Anyway, out into the capital. A few colonial buildings.
|This was a pizza restaurant|
|Stone grinding tables. For grinding corn upon.|
No, more interesting, and eclectic, is the National Museum, hosed in the old army HQ. A big thing is made of Cosa Rica having no army. It was abolished in 1948. But clearly that doesn't mean it has no security officers. They did after all fight off an invasion from Nicaragua in the 1950s without an army.
They have a lot of the famous blue morpho butterflies, but they are a real trial to photograph because as soon as they settle they tend to close up their stunning blue wings, to show only their brown undersides.
They aso had a little section where they had gathered chrysalis to hatch - one just about out below.
Back out through the butterfly garden again, bu which time a bit late for any more sightseeing
But one thing to note, Christmas lasts a long time in Costa Rica. This was 3 January.