Mandalay sights

We took things very easy in Mandalay – sightseeing by bike in the morning and staying out for lunch, then a couple of hours rest in the afternoon – and out again late afternoon.

Inspired by the postcard above, we went along to see the famous Mahamuni Buddha – the paya was packed! Very much a working temple. And this was the only place that M’s long shorts did not cut it – he had to hire a longyi to cover his knees.

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Only men are allowed to apply gold leaf to the image to make merit – shown on video screens as it’s hard to get near the front to see what’s going on
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One of the entrances to Mahamuni Paya
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On our self guided bike tour (with a route suggested by the guide book) we stopped at the Arrawaddy River View Hotel Sky Bar. M was aghast we paid $3 US for an Americano. But it was great coffee and a good view. And a biscuit.
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One of the highlights of our bike tour was the flower market.

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