I recently travelled to Chile and saw that a Costa Rican company that is known in Costa Rica for its coffee, Cafe Britt, has gone into the souvenir business. There were several Cafe Britt stores in the Santiago airport, another in the Miami airport, and even in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Santiago. In addition to the normal travel items, the stores sold Costa Rican wood products, coffee and chocolate. It was nice to see products from our adopted second home in far away places.
Yesterday Kate of Visual St. Paul Daily Photo site left a comment asking a question about whether the trees were endangered. Costa Rica plants 5 - 7 million trees per year to reforest areas that had previously been cleared. The sales guy in the store told me that some of the hardwood used for these products will no longer be available in the future, but I do not know if that was a sales pitch to try to persuade me to buy something because it might not be available in the future.
This week we are showing photos of the Villa Monastero on the shores of Lake Como, Italy on our Viva la Voyage travel photos site.