Tuesday, August 31, 2010

San Jose Photo Safari

We had gone on Photo Safaris in Costa Rica before, but hadn't really focused on our part of San José much. Today, we fixed that!

We left this morning, while it was still sunny, took the bus to the first park, and continued walking to downtown and then lunch. It was a beautiful day, and it didn't take us long to see a few sights that we had missed before, as well as several familiar from our usual errands.

*AND* we left plenty of photos for future trips! :-D :-D :-D

This is "Place de France" or Parque Francesa - it is a nice place to sit in the shade and listen to the fountain. The statue of Marianne commemorates the 200th anniversary of the French revolution.

One French woman, one future French woman. I don't think I quite have the look down just yet...

The old customs house, La Aduana, was renovated in time for the transfer of presidential power in May. One side is old brick, and the other side is modern glass. There are a lot of concerts and exhibits held here now. You can see the Santa Teresita church nearby.

Rick leaving La Aduana - the entire wall across from the old train station is covered in murals, and the mountains behind are nice too :-)

On a whim, I thought I'd try this shot - turns out I like it!

The old train station has recently been renovated. I just liked this view.

The figures at the top of the National Monument represent the 5 states that joined in repelling William Walker at the Battle of Rivas.

Close-up of one figure on the other side.

Looking South from the National Park, along one of the pedestrian walkways. San José has a lot of these streets restricted to pedestrians, and there are more being added all the time - perfect for walking tours and photo safaris!

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