|Basilica Nuestra Senora de las Piedades is one of the most beautiful Catholic temples in Costa Rica, unique in its Renaissance style, was built between 1924 and 1928.|
“Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica”
|Colorful flowers are blooming throughout the villa’s grounds. Ulysses takes great care to ensure everything is perfectly groomed.|
Naranjo is the capital city of the canton of Naranjo in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the district that includes the city. The district of Naranjo covers an area of 25.75 km² and has a population of 19,760.
We visited Naranjo last week when we had the rental car hoping to see this well-known Catholic church. Upon arrival, we discovered the church was temporarily closed due to renovation. Instead, we wandered around the center of town and the local park, observing yet another community filled with friendly people.
|Many towns in Costa Rica have Central Parks such as this in Naranjo.|
From this site:
“The town of Naranjo, settled in 1830, was originally known as “Los Naranjos” (the Orange Groves) due to the abundance of orange trees in the surrounding area. Although the name has been shortened and the amount of orange trees lessened, this city of 35,000 has remained an important agricultural hub for Costa Rica.
Set at the base of the Espírito Santo Hills in Costa Rica’s gorgeous Central Valley, the area surrounding the town is stippled with farms growing all kinds of crops– plantains, corn, tapioca, coffee, rice, beans, sugar cane, tobacco, and beef, to name a few.
Photo from one year ago today, September 27, 2016:
|We lounged in this (one of many) cabanas overlooking the sea at Puri Bagus Lovina, in Bali with iced tea in hand and books to read on our phones as we continued the five-day process at the nearby immigration office to extend our visas. For more details, please click here.|