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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…

Bagan - Day Three

After trying our hand touring Bagan on two wheels for a couple of days (regular and electric bikes) we decided to rent a car for a day to cover some of the larger more popular temples and others that were further out. It was good to cover more ground, and the car  and driver enabled us to see a lot more of the area, but despite this it was the least memorable of our  days in Bagan. It was as if the car made the experience too easy somehow, by  just driving up I felt like we had lost something in the experience.

Some here we go with more pictures. Yes, blogging about this is just an opportunity to throw in some more photos of unidentified temples which we loved!
There are so many different representations of the Budhha and we learnt a lot about how the different poses have meaning and how small differences in the form (such as the ears or hands) show which period the statues were made in.
In the late afternoon we headed south to Buphaya Paya temple which is beautifully situated overlooking the river. This is a reconstructed temple and seems to be quite active with local families coming to make offerings.
There isn't a lot to see at the temple but the situation and the view over the river is beautiful.
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Taking advantage of having the car we headed to the Blue Elephant for a drink at sunset, and had the place to ourselves. We sat out by the river and it was all very romantic until we were bitten alive by the mosquitos!