Sometimes we travel for adventure, and sometimes we travel to relax. This month we were definitely doing the latter on a wonderful cruise to the Panama Canal.
And when we set out to relax, we know we’re better off taking tours than trying to read maps, communicate with our limited other-than-English speaking skills, and catch taxis.
So… here are some happy moments from a beautiful excursion in Costa Rica.
We rode for miles and miles into the volcanic mountains, past fields and fields of bananas, into cool air and magnificent views.
Our day was spent at Hacienda Tayutic which began as a coffee plantation, but through the years grew macadamia nuts and eventually sugar cane.
My favorite part of the day was the candy making.
The cows turned the press to get the fresh sugar cane juice, and the men cooked it into the most amazingly flavorful brown sugar you could ever imagine.
They cooked that with macadamia nuts into a fabulous hunk of candy! Rich in flavor… a very strong taste of sugar cane molasses. (I had several sample bites!)
A delicious lunch with the most peaceful view, flowers blooming all around us, old original buildings speaking of simpler times. It was a lovely day for strolling slowly, drinking in the views along with some of that wonderfully smooth Costa Rican coffee.
I hope to return!