Posted on Jan 23rd, 2011 by Allison (Costa Rica, Family/Friends, Photography, Travel)

Day 8 of my Costa Rican adventure took us first to the mountain town of Sarchi – Costa Rica’s main “artisan” town.

Sarchi is famous for it’s colorfully painted oxcarts (once used to haul coffee beans – now more for decoration) and home to the “World’s Biggest Oxcart.”

From there, we headed to Zarcero.

I loved the bright green hills with the swirling mist of clouds dancing through the trees.

And the charming town park featuring funky topiary made a fabulous backdrop for photos. Of course we had a another bit of hug/photo drama πŸ™‚

Also on display was the most elaborate of the hundreds of nativity scenes I’ve come across since here. Notice the woman doing laundry in the photos below…

On the way back to Grecia we stopped at a small butterfly house. Very cool.

I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story today… enjoy!

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(12) Comments   


Marcia Beck on January 24th, 2011 at 9:13 am

Thanks for sharing. Of course I love the art πŸ™‚ But I really want to know if your son hurt himself doing the high side kick…I’d be in traction for weeks! And the woman doing the laundry…hmmmmm??

Allison on January 24th, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks Marcia. We visited a fabulous art shop a couple of days later – I’ll post some photos of those when it’s time. And my son, no, he didn’t hurt himself. He’s the most limber person I know. I think he’s made of rubber.

Isn’t the laundry aspect of the nativity a hoot?

Allison on January 24th, 2011 at 11:01 am

Actually – I think it’s Mary doing the laundry…. must be all of Jesus’ diapers.

Jennifer Pearce on January 24th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love the photo of Brandon kicking and the one of him holding the blue morpho with the green stripes showing on the back. πŸ™‚ Beautiful!

Brandon on January 24th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

You make SarchΓ­ and Zarcero shine! Great pictures! I like the one of me kicking, too. That will be my new Facebook profile. I also like where I was doing a sword-fighting pose with your tripod, and almost eating a light bulb. I guess I was in a silly mood that day…

Michelle on January 24th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Enjoyed all the pictures, especially the ones of Mary’s laundry and Brandon being silly and the butterflies…what a gorgeous place.

Aunt Kathy on January 25th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

What a treat! Thanks Allison. From Brandon’s impressive poses, the fabulous painted carts, Emily’s red shoes, Marie’s sad, pouty expression and the amazing butterfly shots, I loved it all. Jennifer seems to be an amazing woman and takes all these adventures in stride. Almost forgot, Mary’s laundry was too funny, now think of a funny caption and have it made into a t- shirt or something.

paul on January 27th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Thanks so much for the share. I loved every photo. Mary’s laundry disterbed me a bit though. There were only two wise men. Was Mary doing laudry for the third wise man, who was in his underwear and out of sight? I think these are questions that need to be answered.

Allison on January 27th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I think the 3rd wiseman is kneeling in front of the others. But Joseph is nowhere to be found – unless that’s him hauling a sheep over his shoulders by Mary and her laundry….

Or, perhaps he was shrunk by a shrinking ray and is now only about 12″ tall… On this viewing I noticed a little man back in the grass to the right and behind Jesus.

The angel appears to be babysitting…

Judy Tovey on January 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Allison what beautiful pictures. You captured everything perfect!! What a story in pictures. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

Ashley Rae on January 31st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Cool!! The pictures are incredible. I love all of the fog. Beautiful, beautiful.
And I love that you capture the whole Marie/Emily hug scenarios. πŸ™‚

Can’t wait for more updates!

Irene on February 4th, 2011 at 7:29 am

WOW !!!!!!!!!!! THANKS. I say ditto to all the other comments.

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