Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This month's photo: My dream is...

15th of the month, another photo of the month. Today's theme is: "My dream is..."
Surprisingly, the idea for this photo came to me fairly quickly, on a lovely beach on the south coast of Sri Lanka. We were staying in a hotel which only had 4 bedrooms, it was like a normal house, just really beautiful, it had this open ground floor, enormous balconies, the staff was easily outnumbering the guests and the cocktails were not bad either...
Anyway, My dream is to have such a house so I could welcome friends and family, have big dinners/bbq and enjoy the beach (ah yes, my house is OBVIOUSLY on the beach! ;-)

Now, let's see what the other members of the group made of this theme:

Emma, Titem, Kyn, Leviacarmina, Niwatori, Anne Laure T, Edegan, Mamysoren, Emi London, Le-Chroniqueur, Emilyinfrance, A&Y, Grignette, Galinette, Noon, Suzie, Ava, Viviane, La Parigina, Nous4auQuébec, Cekoline, Cindy Chou, E, Lucile et Rod, Meyilo, Une niçoise, Babou, Sébastien, Bestofava, Surfanna, A&G, Julien, La Fille de l'Air, L'atelier azimute, Emily58, La Papote, Mgie les bons tuyaux, Kia909, Tambour Major, Frédéric, Marion, Nathalie, Kyoko, The Parisienne, Cricriyom from Paris, Quelbazar, Urbaine, Aude, Batilou, Stephane08, Tam, Boopalicious, Nataru, Où trouver à Montréal ?, Nomade57, LaGodiche, La Flaneuse, Aparça, Vanilla, jen et dam, La Nantaise, Lhise, Ty, Loutron glouton, Ori, Cathy, Laure, Sinuaisons, Champagne, Pitch, Violette, M'dame Jo, Chris et Nanou, Narayan, Fanny et Vincent, Voyagesetc, Lauriane, Les voyages de Lucy, Anne-Cécile, Fabienne, Krn, Xavier Mohr, Jean Wilmotte, Anaou, Shandara, Céline in Paris, La Madame, Zaromcha, Hugo, Carole In England, Nora, Florian, Coco, Cocosophie, Louiki, Céliano, Cynthia, Alexanne, François, Le Mag à lire, Manola, Cherrybee, M, Anne, Dr CaSo, florianL, Carnets d'images, Les voyages de Seth et Lise, hibiscus, Vinie, Soiz, Caro, Renepaulhenry, Clem et Cha, Eff'Zee'Bee, Lyonelk, Ma, Thib, L'Azimutée, Claude, Dorydee, Stéphie&lesCacahuètes, Gizeh, Blogoth67, Sprout©h, magda627, 100driiine, Urbamedia, Sephiraph, Caroline, Agnès, Guillaume, Karrijini, 4 petits suisses dans un bol de riz, Mandy, Gilsoub, Madame zaza of mars, Clara, Les Maudits Expats, Isabelle, J'adore j'adhère,

See you next month, the theme is "glace" in french which can mean ice or mirror in english so open subject...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Inle Lake, 2nd stop of the Burmese trip

As roads are not a selling point of Myanmar, this is by plane that we reach Inle lake, north of the country. As soon as we land I realise that we are nearly at 1000m height, it's cold here! Ok by cold I mean below 25!

1h taxi and we reach our hotel, a lovely place which does an amasing lime juice.

We have just under 2 days there and one of them must be spent on the lake. So by 7.30am the day after, we are following our young driver to its boat. He is joined by a friend/colleague who thinks he speaks English and talks a lot, unfortunately, I make a maximum of 2 words out per sentence. Our drivers/guides/translators are also genius mechanics, we thought we weren't going to make it back home quite a few times: like when we ended up in a garden because they couldn't make a turn or when we were left on the river with no control when they couldn't get the engine started... All good fun!

Anyway, the day on the lake was great, cold and grey but great. We saw plenty of art craft, lovely houses, markets and obviously a few pagodas!
Thinking about it, I actually think it was the best day of the trip. The second day is made of a suite of indoors activities as it keeps on raining. We start with the covered (by plastic sheets) market, followed by a private puppet show (R managed to get the owner to run it out of hours just for us!), then we have a Burmese massage (a combination of Javanese and Thai massage for the experts) and finally coffee followed by samosa and red beans rolls followed by pancakes! Food was consumed at 3 different outlets. As they say in the lonely planet, if you do not want too much of your money to go to the military power, but to go to the people, spread your expenses.

By having starter in a restaurant, main course in another and coffee in a third, I think we are doing great! :-)