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... or goat might once have caused me to grab my camera. After more than three weeks in this country, it was a scene that could but elicit a chuckle.
Back at the intersection, I went left again, heading down a hill into a more Muslim part of town. I was just as likely to have somebody smile or nod at me as vice versa. Many vegetable vendors were setting up shop, some on nothing more than burlap sacks.
Some young boys asked where I was from and why I ...
... pillars, then climb several flights of steps, some with handrails, some without, enclosed by walls of granite blocks. Higher up we came to some intricately carved columns before having our camera and entry tickets checked and exiting onto an open stairway between the granite wall of the outcrop and a building on the right. Emerging into the sun made Dianne realise she had left her hat, possibly at the landing where we had rested, and she went back down through ...
... want to go. In the foyer leading to the sanctum, we were able to photograph the fine detail on the columns and roof supports, and the painted figures in the spaces between columns. The roof was also covered in paintings. We climbed up to the Nandi Bull, which was in the process of being cleaned from a hydraulic elevating stage, making photography a bit difficult.
With the sun fairly low in the sky, we walked away from the entrance to get views of the ...
... did a quick overnight trip up into the hills to Munnar where tea and spices are grown. We stayed at another cute little guesthouse recommended by Pio and Line that had a peaceful garden and patio area. We took an auto tour of the area, saw "wild" monkeys stealing food from the roadside stands, got run through the tourist mill of trinket and souvenier shops, and toured the tea museum/factory. The museum included an educational video that ended up feeling more like propaganda and gave ...
... it's breakfast time she wants fresh fish and chips. An hour after ordering the fish arrives and the waiter informs us the chips will be another hour, as the chef's got to go to the market for the potatoe! We pass on the chips but the fish was scrumptious. Overall the weekend was a pretty wet one, although the sea air refreshed us and the village, with virtually no motorised transport, has a tranquil vibe about it. Another ...