Well, here we are in San Jose, Costa Rica. After we’d got settled in our hotel, we went for a walk around the town. It was starting to get dark, so we didn’t have time to go into the city proper. The streets around the hotel were quite disappointing, being lined with car rental places and all the fast food outlets one gets everywhere, but glancing up above the McDonalds and the Taco Bell, I suddenly spotted something most surprising.
These beautiful ball gowns looked quite incongruous, and were totally unexpected in that particular setting.
I couldn’t help wondering who buys these amazing dresses. They’re certainly a bit too fancy to wear for dinner at Wendy’s or KFC. 🙂
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Tomorrow we depart at 6-30 am for the Caribbean coast, where we will learn about the Banana industry here. We then travel by motor launch down canals, through the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to Tortoguero (The land of turtles), where we will have a tour of the turtle museum. I’m so looking forward to that.
(Our tour guide phoned this evening to say that the hotel we’re staying in tomorrow, doesn’t provide soap or wash cloths, so to take the soap with us from this one. Now, as we’ve taken the option and paid extra to stay in 4 star hotels, I just wonder what our fellow travellers who are staying in the cheaper places will be lacking. I hope they have toilet paper.) 😕
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They are even fancier than those gowns at Swanky Modes in La Lucia Mall 🙂
This is very true, Crispy.:)
hai scoperto poi, chi mette gli abiti?
per il tuo hotel a 4 stelle…spero almeno avesse il wc he he
you’ve discovered then, whoever puts clothes?
for your 4 star hotel … I hope at least to have the toilet he he
Yes, plenty of loo roll. 🙂
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Thank you so much, Michelle. I’m honoured. 🙂
Your most welcome.
Wow they must have some fancy balls or parties over there. I don’t think I’d even feel comfortable in one of those gorgeous gowns at our 6 star establishment here on the Gold Coast in Austalia; it would still be a little too dressy I think. But they are sooo beautiful.
Thanks, Michelle. I wonder who wears this kind of dress these days. 😕
Someone at least 20 years younger than myself I’d venture to suggest!! It’s interesting though, because when we were in malaysia we couldn’t get over the number of Bridal Outlests with the most beautiful gowns in them. Your photos today reminded me of this holiday we had in Sarawak about 5 years ago.
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Superb finds Sylvia! Look forward to reading about your trip into the jungle.
Thanks, Madhu. 🙂
I am eagerly following your new blog and your travels to Costa Rica, which is at the top of our to-go list!
Thanks so much, Naomi. I’m really enjoying the trip. It’s very different here, but it does one good to get out of ones comfort zone sometimes. 🙂
Nice gowns indeed. On the other hand, at least you get notified about the unexpected news about the next hotel … thus I hope the toilet paper isn’t unexpected.
Thanks, Frank. I’m sure your wife would love one of these ball gowns. 🙂 You’ll be relieved to know there was plenty of toilet paper.
Cheers for the TP!
I love the gowns ad.
About the hotels, makes me think of a horrible 4 star hotel in London 🙂
Thanks, Hopestar. The hotel wasn’t too bad, apart from the cold water and no air-con. 🙂
“They’re certainly a bit too fancy to wear for dinner at Wendy’s or KFC.”
Oh really? No wonder I got such strange looks last time I was in KFC. Now it all makes sense…
Hahaha. You’re funny, Lance. 😀
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A beautiful unexpected surprise, even more that it’s on top of a Mcdonald and Taco Bell place. Wonderful entry. Thank you. Have a blessed day.
Thanks so much, IT. 🙂
Interesting days ahead! Have fun!
Lovely gowns indeed!
Thanks, Lola. 🙂
definitely lovely gowns…in such an unlikely place! May be you should at the very least bring a box of Kleenex…just in case! 😉 I remember friends going to Cuba over 20 years ago and they were told to bring toilet paper with them…
Luckily I brought shower gel and sponge with me, as well as face wash and tissues. I don’t travel light but at least I’m prepared for every eventuality. 🙂
lol…you are all set then! have a awesome time!
Thanks, Heather. Luckily there was plenty of toilet paper, but no Kleenex. Can’t have everything, i suppose. 🙂
lol…either one works just fine! 😉
Great windows 😉
Thanks, Dawn. 🙂
Hope you are having a ball Sylvia ? 😉 xox
Hahaha, Ralph. Yes. I am. 🙂
You mean you don’t dress like that for KFC, Ad? My but standards are slipping! 🙂
Hehehe. Not usually, Jo. 🙂
Those are stunning dresses!
I can’t believe a four star hotel doesn’t have soap or washes clothes
Yes, they are. I love them all. Well, you’d better believe it, ‘cos they don’t. 🙂
These are nice gowns :D. I hope you won’t bee too uncomfy Sylvia.
Thanks, Paula.. 🙂
First of all…..LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the gowns…secondly….YIKES! THAT’S FOUR-STAR?? Girl! Travel safe and stuff your undies with toilet paper!
Now, you really made me laugh, Suzanne. 🙂
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Perhaps, the store is there because of other reason. The customers actually come from other parts of the town.
I guess you could be right about that. Perhaps the rent is cheap. 🙂
That’s what makes travel fun! Finding the unexpected.
So true, Paula. 🙂
Sounds like an interesting day ahead Sylvia. A day of bananas, turtles and a journey into the heart of darkness (can never resist thoughts of Conrad when hearing of trips deep into the jungle). What’s the weather like there?
Thanks, Cathy. It was hot and very humid, but now we’re back in San Jose, and it’s cooler.
Hot and humid in late November? I guess it’s probably like that year round… That’s the one thing that doesn’t appeal to me! 🙂
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Love the photos I thought we were going to see you all dressed up in one… the banana industry.?? living part time in Natal I thought you’d be an expert on that subject… the turtle trip sounds exciting… have fun…
Thanks, bulldog. Not my sort of dress, but they are beautiful indeed. We saw baby turtles. I’ll post some pics. 🙂
Our idea of four star is often different from around the world 😉
I’ll take the red dress please!
Yes, I think you’d look very well in the red one, Gilly. 🙂
Love the elegant sophistication!!
So do I, Rebecca. 🙂
Nice dresses. LOVE that bluish one on the top photo. Now – if that was red – WOW. I would so where that. But – where would I go? The one next to it looks like a wedding dress.
Thanks, RoSy. Yes, I think the top blue one is the best style, and I agree that it would look stunning in red. You could wear it for Christmas dinner. 😕
And – the fam would think I was a nut. Oh wait – they already do…
Wait a minute. Did I get that right? You’re staying at a four-star and not provided with soap or wash cloths? Very strange indeed.
That’s what I thought. I think a 4 star in Costa Rica is not the same as it would be in England or America. 🙂
For sure, Cindy. 🙂
Surprising indeed. On the other hand, that place may just be the best advertising for it. It rides on Mac’s popularity. 🙂 See how it sticks in your head now? :-))
Very true, Imelda. I’ll never forget it. 🙂