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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…

Kakku - Lots and Lots of Stupas

I'm not really sure what possessed me but I thought Kakku sounded interesting and that I could work it into our itinerary on the way (not really) from Bagan to Nguang Shwe! This meant that we  would drive directly from Heho airport to Kakku and then on to the hotel at Inle. I can't say I recommend my thinking! This is a long drive, hours to get there and hours to get back. It would make sense if you were staying over, or doing some walking in the region, but if you are considering a day trip I would suggest taking an extra day at Inle instead.

However, this is not to say that we didn't enjoy our trip, the landscape on the drive is magnificent, rolling hills and heavily cultivated farmland, broken up by small villages. Because Kakku is on Pa-o land you have to pick up a local guide and it was very interesting to hear about their  culture traditions and social structure. Shan State is a very diverse area with a large number of ethnic groups with diverse cultural traditions. On the way from the airport we we stopped at a Shan restaurant for a delicious lunch and passed through villages settled by more recent Nepali and Gurkha migrants who remained in Burma after fighting for the British during the Second World War. 
Kakku is a large site with thousands of small stupas collected together
Many of the stupas are covered with these decorative covers.
The stupas have been heavily restored and the "restoration" was sponsored by commercial interests and foreign firms, many from China.
Local sign in three different languages, I think they were Burmese, Shan and Pa-oa.
Here are the stupas seen in the reflecting pool, as you an see there are thousands of them. The Favorite Person described it as, "A huge garden of stupas!"
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