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Dec 16, 2018 - Sea Day

Sea Day 83, sunny & humid We turned the clocks ahead again this morning and lost another hour. With the change we didn’t get up and going until about 9:00 this morning. Mostly a lazy kind of day with time spent at The Sanctuary for the afternoon. Seas have really been calm all trip. The kind of calm that feels like the doldrums when the wind is dead and the seas are almost like glass. It has been very comfortable cruising. However, we do miss the gentle rocking one can feel at night that lulls you to sleep. It’s formal night but we both...

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Dec 15, 2018 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Costa Rica 84 mostly sunny and humid Today. Was. A. Great. Day. It was only a week before our cruise that Ann had found the excursion we took today. We had booked an excursion through Princess but while searching Trip Advisor, she found this highly rated tour by Tiquicia Tours. Cancelled the Princess Excursion. I emailed Greiven immediately and received a response within the hour. Ann and I talked it over and booked it and was confirmed within a half hour - ‘you’re all set, meet Pablo at the end of the pier, pay after’. Sure enough, there...

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Mar 3, 2018 - At Sea - Ship Tour

At Sea - Ship Tour March 3 On our way to the Panama Canal, we spent a day at sea and went on a three hour tour of our ship “behind the scenes.” We started with the provisions. It reminded us of the lockers of a large grocery store warehouse with frozen meats and fish; vegetables; drinks; rice; potatoes; and every kind of goodie you get to eat while on board. The ship has a wonderful policy of recycling and keeping the seas clean. We met the ecology manager and toured the facilities. The engine control center revealed how the propulsion is...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - A Walk In The Clouds

Puntarenas, Costa Rica March 2 Tom braved the hike in the cloud forest hoping to see and photograph the Resplendent Quetzal. However the zip line noise frightened the birds away from the area. He did manage to capture humming birds and butterflies. The trail led down into a ravine with a flowing river which was crossed by suspension bridges that swayed as the climbers walked across. There was a lunch at the end of the climb back up from the gully.

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Feb 9, 2018 - February 9 & 10, 2018 San Jose / Alajuela, Costa Rica - Vancouver, BC

Friday Feb 9, 2018 Our last day in paradise. Feeling very sad to be ending this great vacation and wish we could head back to Montezuma and the Casitas Sollevante. Ok, enough crying, we have the town of Alajuela to enjoy. We take one of the local city buses (about 30 cents!) and get off in town near the main church and central market. This is not a colonial town as I had expected, however very lovely nonetheless. We head straight for El Centro and sat on each corner to watch life go by, workers rushing to their offices, and seniors doing...

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Feb 8, 2018 - February 8, 2018 - Montezuma to San Jose / Alajuela, Costa Rica

Thursday February 8, 2018 We are very sad to leave this lovely hotel, Casitas Sollevante, and Montezuma however we must carry on with new adventures. We rise at 5:00am and meet Marco at the pool enjoying an incredible pre-dawn view. Within minutes he has whisked us down to town where we will catch the bus enroute to San Jose and our final destination before heading home. We say our goodbyes with a promise to return soon. We are the first at the ‘bus stop’, more of a large parking area with a large bench, but before long others gather and...

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Feb 5, 2018 - February 5, 6, & 7 2018 - Montezuma, Costa Rica

Monday February 5 – Wednesday February 7, 2018 Ahhhhh the good life. No plans, no appointments and no where to go. A perfect way to end our vacation and we are very conscious to enjoy it to the full extent before we get back to busy lives. Early one morning I walked the 1.5 km into town to replenish our food and beverage supply. A very quaint bohemian style town with shops, restaurants and tourist shops. It has a very nice feel to it, although it is a bit busy. I took a taxi back with my goodies and shared my taxi with a local...

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Feb 4, 2018 - February 4, 2018 Montezuma, Costa Rica

Sunday February 4, 2018 As always we are up at the crack of dawn (the result of going to sleep super early) and relax with a coffee on our lovely terrace. It is so fresh and peaceful at this time of day – I wish we could freeze it in time. But today we are off to Montezuma, only a few kilometres away. The shuttle picks us up on time and by 11:00am we are at the Casitas Sollevante, our home for the next four days. It is a gorgeous property with a breathtaking view over the ocean and over towards the ‘mainland’, as we are on a peninsula...

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Jan 21, 2018 - Sea day

Sun jan 21 Sea day today. I went to the gym first thing this morning. Weather was hot and humid. It was windy though so not too bad. We attended a lecture about the Panama Canal and our upcoming experience. Tom, the lecturer, was from Batavia, NY. Jim watched some of the football playoffs. No large screen on Lido deck on this boat though. Tonight is elegant night, which means dress up a bit. Since Jim was watching football, I went to dinner by myself. I sat with the people from Texas again as well as a couple from Bakersfield, CA and had...

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Jan 20, 2018 - Punteranus, Costa Rica

Sat jan 20 Today, we were in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and did the Bus, train, and boat tour. It was a nice, modern, bus, and we had a good tour guide, Norman. We then rode on a refurbished train from the 1800s. It was a nice ride, with kids waving at us when we went by their homes. We went by lots and lots of watermelon farms. A lot of the people live in poverty. Minimum wage is $2 per hour. The train went through a very, very narrow tunnel. After that we went on a boat tour through Crocodile Safari. We saw lots of crocodiles and birds. Costa...

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Nov 29, 2017 - Cloud Forests and Sloths

Leaving the beach behind, we headed up into the hills to visit the could forest of Monteverde. We stayed at a lovely cabana in the forest. The family who owned and ran lodge were really friendly and had plenty of advice for things to do. First night we went on a jungle night walk. We saw a fair bit of wildlife, including a massive red kneed tarantula, 2 side striped palm pitvipers, a juvenile boa constrictor, a few different birds and insects, a lingo, and our first sloth! Very good. Next day we went walking round Saint Elena Cloud Forest...

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Nov 27, 2017 - Return to San Jose

Well, our hope of the rain stopping was false. No sun to greet us today! The rain increased during the evening as we drank delicious Guarno Sours with two ladies from our original party. Supper in the bar seemed the way to go too so we spent the evening reminiscing about our trip. It was a lovely and interesting group to have shared such incredible experiences with. Costa Rica is a unique country having the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the varied topography and thus many micro-climates, and the indigenous variety of the peoples....

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