Burmese Days

Young Boy, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake It was exactly one year ago that we were in Burma, enjoying a magical holiday in this beautiful, friendly country. Twelve months later my memories are dominated by the great hospitality of the people, fleeting sunsets, gilded temples, monumental Buddhas, chrysanthemums biked down from the hill […]

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What’s the Poinsettia?

It’s only when you first discover poinsettias growing in the wild that you really appreciate the futility of growing them as a houseplant. Here a butterfly enjoys a pitstop in Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma.

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The Floating Gardens of Inle Lake

If, like me, you’re accustomed to gardening on dry land, Inle lake in Burma is a bit of an eye-opener. For here the fruits float and the veg ride the ripples of a vast, idyllic lake. The lake itself is situated about 2900ft above sea level, bordered on either side by mountains which bring frequent […]

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National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma

As we progress around Burma, attended to like two little kings (which always makes me feel rather uncomfortable) I am continuing to persist with the “free wifi” that’s so proudly proclaimed in every restaurant, hotel and airport. It may well be free, but there’s very little point in it if it doesn’t work….which is rarely […]

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The Road to Mandalay – All Aboard the Chrysanthemum Express!

On the road to Mandalay, from the hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin, is Mandalay’s morning flower market. If, like us, you were expecting a Covent Garden-like covered market, then think again. This is a flower market on wheels. About 20 minutes from the city centre and occupying the sides and central reservation of a […]

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Under the Acacias

Mingalaba! (That’s Hello! In Burmese) The first week of our trip to Burma has been non stop, so despite being in one of the most remarkable parts of this remarkable country, we’re having a day off. We’re in Bagan, the ancient capital of Myanmar, a plain now scattered with over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas […]

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