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Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar (part 3)

The sun finally set and with this comes the end of my blog posts about Myanmar (… probably ūüėČ ). I hope you have enjoyed seeing these photos, and if you ever get a chance, please do go to Myanmar, its a wonderful place to visit! To see more about our visit to Myanmar, click … Continue reading

Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar (part 2)

The sun was dropping behind the horizon, and as we stood at the top of our stupa we could see the spires of the distant stupas in the distance. ¬† The reds and golds of the sunset glowed against the red brick of the stupas and they were even more beautiful. This for me was … Continue reading

Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar (part 1)

I think its fitting for the last few posts on our trip to Myanmar to be of our sunset visit to a stupa. ¬†I confess I don’t know which stupa we were taken to. ¬†Whichever one it was, had an amazing view from the upper tier over the plain of Bagan, with the thousands of … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 4)

So we come to the end of our wander around these smaller stupas in Bagan.¬†For me, this was the highlight of our visit to Myanmar and if I ever return to Bagan, I’ll be heading off to explore more of these stupas. ¬†I’ll let the hoards check out the¬†larger temples such as¬†Shwezigon Pagoda,¬†Htilominlo Temple¬†and¬†Ananda Temple, … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 3)

These smaller stupas in Bagan, I found particularly charming after visiting the larger temples of¬†Shwezigon Pagoda,¬†Htilominlo Temple¬†and¬†Ananda Temple. ¬†While they were beautiful, there was something special about the smaller ones. ¬†Particularly since we were the only ones around and most tourists would never see these. There was no path way around or between them, no … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 2)

Escaping from our tour group one afternoon in Bagan, we¬†intrepid explorers¬†wandered across the grassy scrubland to some of the smaller stupas near our hotel. After visiting the larger temples of¬†Shwezigon Pagoda,¬†Htilominlo Temple¬†and¬†Ananda Temple, I was keen to explore some of the smaller stupas scattered around Bagan. ¬†No so much frequented by tourists, many had offerings … Continue reading

Pagodas and Temples – Bagan, Myanmar (part 1)

After visiting the larger temples of¬†Shwezigon Pagoda,¬†Htilominlo Temple¬†and¬†Ananda Temple, I was keen to explore some of the smaller stupas scattered around Bagan. ¬†And we literally only had to walk a few paces from our hotel to do so. ¬†We felt like intrepid explorers as we left the road and wandered across the grassy scrubland to … Continue reading

Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan, Myanmar

Shwezigon Pagoda or ŠÄõŠÄĹŠÄĺŠÄĪŠÄÖŠÄäŠÄļŠÄłŠÄĀŠÄĮŠÄ∂ŠÄėŠÄĮŠÄõŠÄ¨ŠÄł as its known in the Myanmar language was the last of the 3 larger temples and pagoda’s we visited in Bagan. Built in 1076 by King Anawrahta, a recent convert to Theravada Buddhism, Shwezigon was built to enshrine a number of Buddha relics including a replica of the Buddha tooth from … Continue reading

More dead bodies – Puerto Inka, Peru

One of our overnight stops while in Peru, was a pretty basic resort in the middle of what seemed like nowhere, at Puerto Inka (or Inca). ¬†Its saving grace was the amazing Incan ruins just behind the hotel. ¬†We’d already seen the desert mummies¬†so we knew what mummy remains looked like, and human remains and … Continue reading

Ananda Temple – Bagan, Myanmar

And finally we reach Bagan, which was¬†one of my bucket list locations. ¬† I wcouldn’t wait to see the thousands of stupas scattered across the landscape. ¬†And while I hate to give away spoilers, it didn’t disappoint! Although I was most looking forward to seeing the smaller stupas on-mass, we also visited some of the … Continue reading

Ollantaytambo – gateway town to Machu Picchu, Peru

Ollantaytambo is where most trekkers set off on their four day hike to¬†Machu Picchu. ¬†Its where we started our epic 1.5 hour train ride to same. ¬†Forgive me but I’m not walking for 4 days at high altitude and sleeping in a tent when I can easily catch a train. ¬†If that’s your thing, go … Continue reading

Ancient stupas at Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda – Inle Lake, Myanmar

The¬†Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex was pretty amazing, so I figured a second post about it with a few more photos was in order. ¬†The first post is the¬†Ruins and Ruining of Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda. As a reminder, The Shwe Inn Tain pagoda is near the Inn Dain Khone village on the western bank … Continue reading

Ruins and Ruining of Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda – Inle Lake, Myanmar

So finally, as promised the blog post about the¬†Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex! The Shwe Inn Tain pagoda is near the Inn Dain Khone village on the western bank of Inle Lake. ¬†There are apparently 1054 pagodas, but I confess, I didn’t count them. ¬†They were built between 14th & 18th Centuries. Myanmar is, from … Continue reading

Shwe Inn Tain Monastery – Inle Lake, Myanmar

Just near the market, a short distance from the main¬†Shwe Inn Tain Pagoda complex (which¬†will be coming up shortly in a future post) is the¬†Shwe Inn Tain Monastery. This handful of crumbling ruins provides a stark contrast to the bustling produce market across the road. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about the the history of … Continue reading

Pu Ľuhonua o HŇćnaunau National Historical Park – Hawai’i

Pu Ľuhonua o HŇćnaunau National Historical Park was an ancient city of refuge. ¬†Back in the day, under the old laws of Hawaii when chieftains and priests ruled the land, if you committed a crime, it was game over. If you could out run and/or outwit your pursuers and make it to one of the refuges … Continue reading

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