Day #242 in lockdown in Mumbai, India hotel…Where else could we go?…Favorite Costa Rica photos…

View of Atenas from our veranda in Atenas, Costa Rica.

Today’s photos are from our post on this date in 2017 while living in a gorgeous home in Atenas, Costa Rica. For more details, please click here.

While reviewing photos from past posts on this date, I stopped looking when I found these from 2017 while we spent four months at the luxurious villa, La Perla, in the sleepy little town of Atenas, Costa Rica. The still-active listing for this fabulous holiday home may be found here.

This is a Rufous-naped Wren sitting atop the African Tulip Tree, captured from the veranda.

Recently, we contacted our friends, the owners, Bev and Sam out of sheer curiosity. Could we return to this property for 90 days to wait while more borders opened up, allowing us to continue on our travels thereafter? Surely, it would be a much better situation than we’re in now!

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to commit to a property at this point when we have no idea when we’d be able to fly out of India when international flights out of here limited to only a few locations, all of which, at this point are other locations in India and a few countries we aren’t interested in visiting. That doesn’t do us any good.

Frog visitor on the bumper of the rental car while at Supermercado Coopeatenas.

From this news story, flights that are available at this time, are as follows:

“India has entered into “bilateral air bubble agreements” with 18 countries. Under these agreements, two countries agree to operate direct passenger flights both ways in order to operate normal flights between them once things get back to normal after the pandemic.

Giant iguana at Zoo Ave.

The list of countries India has a travel bubble with is the US, the UK, Germany, France, the UAE, Maldives, Canada, Japan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Bhutan, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Ukraine.

Traveling to Afghanistan from India can be done by Afghan nationals, Indian and foreign nationals with valid visas and passports, and the same for those traveling to India as mentioned by guidelines under the MHA. Similar criteria lie for Bahrain, Kenya, and Bhutan, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Qatar, UK, USA, and Oman. The airline will have to finally ensure that there are no other travel restrictions for the people traveling under the particular visa permit before issuing their tickets and boarding passes.”

Stunning blooms, Pine Cone Ginger.

We could travel to Kenya but medical care there is horrific, making it unrealistic for us to return during the pandemic. We considered the Maldives but it wasn’t a good possibility due to poor medical care, only 30-day visas, and also very high prices for hotels and holiday homes, far beyond our budget.

The other countries don’t appeal to us due to political unrest, massive cases of COVID-19, poor medical care, and/or a lack of availability of the type of holiday homes we’d be interested in renting. We aren’t interested in traveling to Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Bhutan, and Bahrain.

An Owl Butterfly we spotted in the courtyard with what appears to be a large eye to scare off predators.

We have three cruises booked in and around Japan in 2022 and would prefer to wait until that time when we’ll visit various ports of call and possibly stay in a holiday home for a period of time. Hopefully, by that time, we’ll be able to cruise again and the pandemic will be under control.

Mom and calf in the neighborhood.

This is the way that it is. We wait.

Be well.

Photo from one year ago today, November 20, 2019:

While in Minnesota last year, we stayed with friends Karen and Rich when their beautiful property was listed for sale and has since sold. They are moving to a warmer climate. For more photos, please click here.

Day #142 in lockdown Mumbai, India hotel…More photos from Paris in 2014…Part 2, Le Louvre, a memorable visit…

In taking this photo from a window, I later thought it was a photo of a painting. But, it was a photo we took of Le Louvre courtyard from a balcony.

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Today’s photos are from the post from August 12, 2014, while in Paris, France. See the link here for more photos.
In this photo, you can see a statue’s reflection behind me and me taking the photo.

We are only a few days away from going “live” with our new site. A few finishing touches are being completed today and tomorrow after our comprehensive review of our developer’s actions thus far. 

Small jewelry boxes are created in the finest of detail.

Along the way, we’ve added and changed several items, but nearing completion, one central final review was completed by both of us this morning, resulting in today’s late post.

Another room with royal treasures.

It’s afternoon, and I’m just getting started with today’s post, and most likely, I’ll breeze through it. I am obsessed with a Netflix series, The 100, which I’ve been watching after uploading each day’s post over the past week. 

Clocks are a common theme in several modern art areas of the museum.

Tom doesn’t care for sci-fi or dystopian-type shows, so I am on my own on this one. Once the post is uploaded and Tom proofreads it, I use my earbuds while watching one or two episodes on my laptop, between my hourly walks. At 3:00 pm each day, we escape into a few shows we watch together in the afternoon before dinner.

Perhaps an official or a self-portrait.

After dinner, we watch our favorite nighttime shows until bedtime. Once dinner arrives, I will have completed walking for the day, but often stop the afternoon shows to continue walking until I reach four or five miles, alternating each day. 

Exquisite stained glass windows.

Our days consist of showering, dressing, hand wash laundry, dressing, walk, eating, prepare the post, walk, preparing the post, walk, preparing the post, watch shows, walk, watch shows, walk, eat, watch shows, sleeping. Boring, eh?

Pocket watches.

Any financial or business matters we must attend to are generally accomplished after breakfast and after at least a mile of walking. Throughout my life, I’ve always completed the tasks I dreaded the most. Before doing anything, I enjoyed it more.

Art is more symbolic than literal to be interpreted by the beholder, as in these beautiful pieces.

When I owned a business for most of my adult life, I rarely scheduled appointments before 10 am, enabling me to get those dreaded tasks handled first to free up my mind for the rest of the day’s activities. It’s no different now.

Mother and child.

These days, once I start streaming a show, I can rest easy that no imminent tasks are hovering in my mind, allowing me to relax and go to a mindless place, free of thoughts about our current situation and COVID-19.

Religious connotation.

Multitasking. Tom often listens to his favorite podcasts without using his earbuds. While I’m preparing the day’s post, I somewhat listen along with him, although I’m busy doing the post.

As we peered outside, there didn’t appear to be many visitors in the courtyard. Most of them were already inside, trying to take photos of the more famous works of art.

As shown today, we’ve added more photos from Le Louvre as part 2 of the old post from this date on August 12, 2014. See the link here. We hope you are enjoying these old photos. 

Heaven and earth.

I doubt we’ll ever have to “repeat the repeats” since we currently have almost 3000 total posts. I can’t imagine being in lockdown for another nine years. But, at this point, anything is possible. Who knows how long this will last?

We loved the depth of this painting.

India is holding its #3 position globally with the highest number of cases, although its population of over 1.3 billion certainly attributes to these high numbers. India’s death rate per million population is considerably lower than many other countries, but then again, the tracking could be off considerably.

This is Queen Marie de Medici by Frans Pourbus.

We hope you are finding ways to entertain yourself when you have “downtime,” We pray you to stay healthy and safe during this challenging time for those of you working.

Be well.

Photo from one year ago today, August 12, 2019:
There were no photos posted one year ago today as we boarded the cruise to the Baltic. Here‘s the link to the post without photos.