February 18, 2014
Gosh-didn't sleep well as someone (maybe the unit next to us?) left the TV on all night. Then a lady knocked on our door at 5:00 am but was looking for someone else!! She had the wrong room. We have breakfast at the PRINCE RESTAURANT at our hotel due to the rain. This building was originally built in 1922 to house the Prince Of Wales when he came to Bagan for a visit. There is no egg station that I can find so pancakes it is. DH tries mohinga but not too crazy about it and neither am I. Oh well. We talk to a couple-Tom and BJ-from Seattle. They're going to Mt. Popa today and tomorrow to Inle Lake. We are debating about going to Mt. Popa ourselves. We meet SS at 8:00 am and are off. Thankfully it's not raining.
|As you can see no pictures or video allowed|
|Stuccos of Ogres known as Balu Panswel on the temple|
|As seen from BOB on Feb. 15|
|The views are awesome!|
|Here we are!|
|Crowded as only the one way up and down so you have to wait|
|Ruins of former royal palace|
|Our boat crew|
NAT TAUNG KYAUNG MONASTERY Built in the 18th century. Oldest teak religious building still surviving in Bagan. Beautiful wood carvings-rosettes and other shapes. Roofs decorated with wooden statues. An oasis of peace.
BUPAYA A golden gourd shaped temple by the Ayeyarwaddy River. Rebuilt after 1975 earthquake. Ended up talking to some stewardesses in uniform from KBZ Airlines. We have an upcoming flight with this airline.
|Ogres guarding the gate. On the left is the brother "Lord of the Mountain" and on the right is the sister "Golden Face".|
|The other side of the Tharabar Gate|
|We passed this on our way|
Lunch is at THE MOON, BE KIND TO ANIMALS It's packed with people. We have gazpacho soup (for me as I really liked it when my DH had it before on Feb. 15th) and pumpkin soup with ginger for DH. Also an order of spicy vegetables and drinks. Cost 10000k. I talk to Minthu on SS's phone about going to Mt. Popa tomorrow. He wants 80000k and I don't know if it's worth that much for me to go so I tell him I'll think about it and will send him an e-mail. We return to the hotel by 3:30 pm. I tell SS that we have enjoyed our 2 days with him. As we're walking from the road up to the hotel we see our driver Ko and I ask him about going to Mt. Popa. He will do Salay and Mt. Popa for 60000k so I book him and then let Minthu know we have decided not to use him for Mt. Popa. I don't feel bad as Minthu didn't come through for us with the 2 days of horse cart sightseeing I had arranged with him almost 6 months ago plus this is way cheaper! We relax by the pool for the rest of the afternoon.
|Pumpkin soup with ginger|
|Spicy vegetable chapati wrap|
|Minthu's uncle Saung and my husband Richard|