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... carvings of celestial and animal figures. The complex itself is spacious, covering over six hectares and includes market areas selling items for worship, a museum housing holy sculptures, a large pond and many sanctuaries where different Hindu gods are worshipped. Great for people watching but we were here for far too long, walking in bare feet on a stone floor. Not used to this. Back to hotel for a late dinner and the straight to bed. Exhausted and all 'Hindu godded ...
... The first leg of the trip was about 50 km, and it took us 2 hours to complete! We saw every little town along the way, interesting, yes, for the first half hour, even the 'milk run' trucks were passing us! We finally arrived in Tirunelveli, and got off the bus asking "Madurai?", and then followed the pointing fingers, "next platform", "next platform", the third platform was the winner! When the bus attendent saw us he ...
... a tourist shop over the road, and we climbed onto the roof of the shop to get some photos of the temple. On our way out, we of course looked at his Kashmir carpets and I'm afraid I have to confess that I bought one. It is hopefully going to be waiting for me in New Zealand when I get home. Today we had a day in Madurai. We wandered around the busy streets, and ended up buying some cotton tops for about NZ$4 each. Amazing! I find walking around in ...
... dancing kids, pounding music, a 'Miss Universe' contest [won by a blond French girl], etc...), and fireworks at 11 p.m. rather than midnight. I retreated to my room early, took a couple of nighttime cold tablets to help knock me out, and fell asleep during the fireworks (which were being shot up straight above the rooms - must have been a fire hazard). Very early morning tomorrow and a long 36 hr trip home, so no desire to stay out late.
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