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The Long Way to San José

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Day 1 & 2 - February 3RD & 4TH, 2015

We are running the first two days together because that’s they way they happened. We booked on points months ago and were scheduled Vic-Seattle-SF-LA-San José. Our flight was late leaving Seattle so we missed our connection out of SF to LA and to San José. Alaska gave us only an hour between connecting flights in SF and we should have requested a better schedule. We were rerouted from SF to Atlanta on a night flight and then into San José. Neither of us got much sleep but we did get to see a couple of good movies. Gail’s bag arrived in San José before we did while Fred’s came off our flight. We were just happy but sleep deprived to finally be in San José.

Hotel Don Carlos http://www.doncarloshotel.com/ is an older hacienda turned into a boutique hotel a long time ago and is located in the heart of San José within walking distance of Jade Museum, National Center of Art and Culture, and Parque Nacional. Also nearby are Gold Museum and National Theater. Our room is funky and while old, very comfortable.

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San José architectural style is art Spanish and part Moorish with many streets in the older neighbourhoods still lined with 1-2 story made of wood or even adobe with ornamental grillwork. Next to it could be a modern sky scrapper or large hotel. San José is lacking in the grand colonial structures of Havana or Mexico City but has a number of smaller structures from the same era.

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After checking in and showers we walked over to the Plaza of Cultura on the Avenida Central which was once a main thoroughfare now turned into a pedestrian mall. We watched young kids playing with dizzying clouds of pigeons in the square and getting wonderful face paintings. We will probably have an early night as its been a very long two days.

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Posted by Colenso 16:20 Archived in Costa Rica

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Whoa, what a routing to get there. So glad it all worked out. And I can not believe you are staying in the hotel WE stayed in for our first visit to CR. Believe it or not, the gift shop at the hotel is as good as it gets. At the end of the trip, we went back to the hotel to get various items we didn't find throughout the countryside. Often their prices were better, too. But, it may have changed in more than 20 years! Loved the funky old hotel. Enjoy!!

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