San Jose to Tortuguero

With an overnight in San Jose and an early start next morning (7 a.m.), the hotel put together a packed meal for breakfast, (an apple and some kind of processed flat meat between two pieces of bread), we were whisked away in a shuttle bus for the first part of our journey to Tortuguero.  At about the halfway point we stopped  somewhere called Guapiles at the Restaurante Selva Tropical, for a mid-morning breakfast and transfer to another shuttle bus for our onward journey.  Fresh fruit, our first encounter with ‘rice and beans’ (a Costa Rican staple), plantain, scrambled eggs, there was enough to satisfy most people.

At the rear of the restaurant was a covered butterfly garden which was an interesting place to meander while we waited for the off for the next part of our journey.  The proprietor had clearly put some effort into making an interesting exhibition.   Near the entrance were some glass cases with chrysalis in various stages of development.

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To the best of my knowledge this and the image below show the Blue Morpho butterfly.

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I’ve no idea what this flower is.

—Stephen—

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

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I recently spent a few days in Barcelona, Spain.  The obligatory visit to the Gaudi Cathedral left me uninspired, if I’m honest.  I didn’t find it a spiritual place – and the sheer number of tourists taking their selfies made the space pretty manic.  Light levels were quite low as it was a cloudy day, so I had to push the ISO on my compact camera up a fair bit.

—Stephen—