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Costa Rica Day One – San Jose Flower Market

Our first day in Costa Rica was a huge adventure. While our trusty photographers, Carla Ten Eyck, Katie Slater and Sarah Code-Krall took off on an adventure with event planner extraordinnaire Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events, Magan Hunt of MMH Marketing and Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema, Aryn and I headed to San Jose with our host Larry Savage of Stay In Costa Rica, Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore and makeup artist DD Nickel. Beth and DD spent the day on one side of the city at a luxurious coffee bar conducting a casting call for models while Larry took us on a bumpy ride through the grittier side of town to the flower market.

As soon as we hit the street, Larry realized that he wasn’t allowed to drive in the city on Mondays (something about the last number on his license plate being wrong. Don’t ask me). So we zipped into a parking lot, bribed the guard to let us leave the car and then grabbed a taxi downtown. Our first stop was a pretty average looking spot – a lot like a New York City florist, buckets of flowers, nice and neat. We grabbed a few things while Aryn wielded the camera:

Lots of gorgeous and inexpensive tropicals, but we were looking for more white flowers (you’ll see why eventually) – and Larry knew the right place to go (after he made a few phone calls and asked a bunch of folks for directions) – Mercado Centrale – a huge open air market filled with meats and fish, live chickens, geese, ducks, dried herbs

and ALL the way at the back of a building, a few flower stalls with just the right things for us.

Tomorrow is our first day of shooting. I’ll try to grab some behind-the-scenes so I’ll be up late turning those flowers into bouquets…

Pura Vida!

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4 responses

  1. Max

    Tony! I guess its a law in costa rica? the people who drive in this beautiful country switch on and off days to drive, so if you are caught driving around on a day you arent suppose to, you can be fined! pretty harsh!

    Other than that, beautiful flowers, i can smell them through the laptop!

    November 16, 2010 at 1:26 am

  2. catherine epright

    eagerly awaiting more, nice photos miss aryn… the adventures begin

    November 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

  3. Loving it. So wish we were there with you guys. Well we sort of are!

    November 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

  4. cool stuff tony. next time well take more time for shopping and i will be able to drive into town.
    ls

    November 19, 2010 at 1:18 am

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