Category Archives: Mayanmar

Burma holiday preparations

My next trip coming up very soon in March will be to Burma.  This adventure was hatched over a bottle of Rioja with fellow artist and silversmith, Patricia.  We are joining local travel company Panoramic Journeys for this one as … Continue reading

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Burma – initial mages

A map of Burma, or Myanmar as it is now more commonly known, gives an idea of our route around the country.  We will fly to Yangon, then north to Inle Lake, then on the road to Mandalay staying in … Continue reading

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Wednesday 18 March Departure

Up at 3.30 this morning to be picked up by taxi… A bit of fog leaving Charlbury but clear by the time we got on the motorway.  Patricia was already drinking her first coffee from flask and spilling it on … Continue reading

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Thursday 19 March arrive in Yangon

Another 6 hours in the air and we finally arrived in Yangon to be met by Nye, our guide, and his driver. He showed us some of the sights of the city.  As we passed by the residence of Aung San … Continue reading

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Friday 20 March – to Inle Lake

After a good breakfast this morning we were picked up for our hour’s drive to the airport to catch our flight to Heho. A good flight with coffee croissant and cake as we descended over dry red farmed land in … Continue reading

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Saturday 21 March Floating Gardens and Local Industry

After a rather restless night – very hot under the mozzie net and the sound of fishermen under our chalet with flashlights reflecting around the ceiling, I eventually got up to a beautiful dawn over the mountains with the storks, … Continue reading

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Sunday 22 March – To the Mountains then to Bagan

The sun rose behind the mountains. a golden orange ball, fading to a hazy cream colour as it ascended behind the wetlands and bird colony. The egrets and cormorants had been shrieking since before dawn. We took our breakfast to … Continue reading

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Monday 23 March – sunset Bagan landscape

I had rather a panic when my passport went missing and involved a phone call to the British Embassy and a trip to the local police station. This was an experience in itself.  The person on the phone, who was speaking from … Continue reading

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Tuesday 24 March – around Bagan

Today we were collected by our guide at 8am after early wake up call … loud singing from speakers around the hotel.   An early start before the 40 Degree heat of the day, we took a walk through the … Continue reading

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Wednesday – 25 March Ngapali Beach

We watched several hot air balloons pass over us sillouetted against the pink morning light as we headed for the airport.  (I’m rather proud of this photo which was taken from a moving vehicle, and includes not only the oxen … Continue reading

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