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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

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!