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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

On the Beach in Burma - a Few Days in Ngapali

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Burma may not be your first choice for a beach holiday, but it's  great way to relax for a few days between all the touring and temples. Don't expect any night life but if you are looking for a few days of sun, a pretty beach and some relaxation it's a fine option.
We spent four nights and did very little. We ate at the small beachside restaurants with our toes in the sand, lay in the sun and walked up and down the beach. Everyday local women walked past selling fruit and we ate fat sweet mango they cut up in front of us.
The small restaurants sold simple meals of grilled fish, crab and prawns, delicious!
It was lovely to walk down the beach and stop for a drink when it got too hot.
Fishing is vitally important to the local communities and along the beach you can see colorful fishing boats and fish being laid out in the sun to dry.
 Every evening the local boys came down to the beach to play football as the sun set.
We stayed at the Thande Beach Resort which is a mid range option right on the  beach, I picked it because it was available, reasonable and had a pool. The travel agent recommended a sea view room but  to save $100 a night I opted for a garden room, foolishly assuming the only difference would be the view. Unfortunately this was not the case. Drive by a desire to exploit  the increasing demand, the owner of the property decided to build several blocks of rooms right next to the main road. The room was small, dark and noisy with a drab balcony. I was not happy, our room was nothing like the rest of the resort, it was like being in an entirely different hotel at the back of the property. When I spoke to the manager she admitted that these garden rooms weren't comparable with the rest of the resort but she couldn't do anything for us as they were fully booked. If we returned I would forget the pool and  try the Cherry Yoma further down the beach which looked charming.
The hotel had a lovely promenade above the beach which was a lovely place to sit if you were looking for a shady spot.
Here's where we had breakfast every morning...
 So much fun and the perfect break between admiring temples at Bagan and Mrauk U.
 When can we go back?

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