By the time we reached Katha – the site of Orwell’s “Burmese Days” which I had just finished, I was primed for my motorcycle ride with one of the mahouts to the Myanmar Timber Enterprise with a herd of a dozen elephants.  Kathy fed bananas to one while I fed …

26 October 2014  Uncategorized

Mandalay was truly a sight to behold starting with the Royal Barge. Palace and Golden Palace Teak Monastery to the World’s Largest Book – a plantation of white stupas which contained 774 marble slabs with all the Buddha’s teachings inscribed by 2,400 monks.
Mingun – another ox cart day for me …

19 October 2014  Uncategorized

After we docked at Bagan, a World Heritage site, we boarded a bus to visit an overwhelming array of almost 3,000 temples and stupas covering 25 square miles.  Stupas are usually gilded solid structures with a dome and a reliquary while temples are composed of river bank mud bricks and …

12 October 2014  Uncategorized

As our Pandaw river chugged along the Irrawaddy, I noticed fields of corn, large clusters of papyrus, thatched roof villages and river washed laundry flapping on the clotheslines.  Our on board presentations included a makeup demonstration of thanaka (ground sandalwood) which women and children wear on their cheeks for sunscreen …

5 October 2014  Uncategorized

We drove from Yangon (Rangoon) 179 miles by bus to our embarkation point in Pyay (Prome).  Along the 2 lane “highway” bordered by rice fields and canals on each side, we made frequent stops at thatched roof toll stops and a gilded stupa in every village.  Before we started our …

27 September 2014  Uncategorized

Temples. stupas, longyi clad men and women and laughing children formed a mosaic as Kathy, my MT nurse daughter, and I traveled with 30 Australians on the Pandaw Katha River Cruiser while the mighty, muddy Irrawaddy snaked its way into the heart of Myanmaer.
Starting with an afternoon tour in Yangon …

21 September 2014  Uncategorized

Proceeding with our tour we visited Banyan Temple built in 1181 A.D. to honor both Buddhists and Hindus.  It’s surrounded by a moat which is as wide as two football fields.  In the afternoon, Kathy went on a trek in the jungle with Mack to Ta Prohm Temple which is …

12 September 2014  Uncategorized

This was our full day seeing the temples.  In order to get into Angkor Wat, each person has to be photographed for security.  Mack, our guide arranged for us to start the day with an elephant ride.  I had to climb some ladder steps to a platform with our driver …

8 September 2014  Uncategorized

Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat, is considered a major city in Cambodia with over a million residents; however, it resembles a rural village in the U.S. with dirt side streets and only basics for sale. MANY bikes, motor bikes, motorcycles, some cars, trucks and “tuk-tuks” (open air 2-4 …

31 August 2014  Uncategorized

Today our river cruise on the Mekong ended so the crew members hoisted our luggage on their backs and shoulders to climb the dirt trail with hand dug steps up a steep embankment.  Even though Kathy and I started up the trail, several crew members rushed to assist me and …

26 August 2014  Uncategorized
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