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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

U Bein Teak Bridge

I'm not sure this bridge deserves its own posting or all the hype, but I can't resist sharing these photos. We came in the middle of the day and didn't worry about seeing the bridge at sunset but I have to say it was very picturesque and a popular local spot as students use the bridge to get to a University situated at the far end.

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I wore the longyi I had made in the Mandalay market and several women stopped to admire it or to smile and tell me it was good I was wearing it! Unfortunately I don't have the narrow hips that make it so lovely on the Burmese! We were interested to learn that many government positions require workers to wear traditional outfits and that this is partly why the longyi remains so ubiquitous.
Agriculture remains a cornerstone of rural Burma and you see people working hard in the fields all over the country.
We were fascinated by these young boys close to the bridge. They were  fishing with their hands. They stood very still and then drove the water after the fish, when they caught one they tossed it into the boat and started again.
It's a very atmospheric place, particularly if you can avoid the large tour group.