Paradise Cave Hotel and Pension
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... By now it was late afternoon and the sun was starting to set. We arrived at Imagination Valley - in the Derwent Valley to beautiful light. This valley boasts the strangest shaped rocks - like pillars holding up figures at the top. A favourite game of locals (and tourists) is to decide what shape is represented at the top - a bit like seeing images in the clouds, except we could clamber all over these. It was great fun and we stayed for a while taking heaps of photos.
... together in a local restaurant where we sat on cushions on the floor.
It's funny - because Ali knows everyone in this town, we are being treated like minor celebrities. He calls us his Melbourne family and showers the kids with gifts from the shops if his friends. But it has also served to make us very very at ease here and made the whole time more special and connected.
An early-ish night tonight for everyone after an amazing ...
... extensive and complete city, they were also very clever in the defensive measures they incorporated. Tunnels were low and narrow, so invaders would have to enter singly and bent over -- easy to pick off. Huge wheel-shaped boulders could be rolled into place to block an entrance, channeled so that they could only be opened from one side. A small hole in the middle of the boulder door allowed an archer to shoot an oncoming enemy. They dug wells down to the ...
... one of these formations which you can walk up inside to the top, with many rooms and passages dug into it that you can explore. The rock has quite a loose sandy surface though so you have to be careful so as not to slip down the side. I found quite a few interesting nooks and crannies, you'll have a lot of fun exploring if you go there.
Anyway, throughout the valley are a number of clusters of these ...
... There were probably a hundred or more, it was so cool! We casually followed them, and watched as one from Royal Balloons went really close to some rocks and waited until the last minute to get over the mountain! We were flying pretty close to some of the rocks at this stage too, and got close enough to make a poor donkey stamp his feet in distress! We drifted slowly over some amazing rock formations and beautiful valleys, it was very pretty. The last bit wasn't ...