|One of the cats that took a liking to Jackie|
Hmm the capital, not sure what to think really, it’s OK, but really nothing special, still we will have had three nights here, but that’s just because everywhere south of here sounds a little dire!
Anyway, another good sunset in Vang Vieng before we left, with Olia (always introduces herself as Olga, but prefers to be called Olia). She had decided to stay another day in VV, wish we had really, but hey! 4 hours on quite a decent minibus, with one stop where there were two lovely young cats who just wanted to be fussed, so I was happy! I also found another mad cat lady – younger than me, but with a bag of cat biscuits secreted about her person!
|The Presidential Palace, at one time the Kings Palace before the communist revolution in November 1975|
|The wide boulevard leading from the Presidential Palace to the Patuxay monument|
Arrived at our Guesthouse which was pretty much as described, but our dark room, with no windows was a bit depressing! Glad we only booked one night as it means we’ve moved to the Mixay Paradise where Lyle, the Ozzie from the hotel in VV, who was on our bus, is staying before he heads off to Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia for a ten day break, although the room is miniscule it’s cheaper, it does have a window, breakfast is included, and I don’t feel I have to change the duvet cover as I did in the last one!
|The Patuxay monument, said to resemble the Arc de Triomphe in Paris|
|Nice view from the top back to the Presidential Palace|
We had quite a busy day yesterday, going to the Patuxay monument, looks a bit like the Arc de Triomphe, except it was never really finished so is a bit of a grey concrete monstrosity! Good views from the top though. Then on to the ThatLuang Stupa which apparently has a piece of Buddha’s breastbone in not that you can see it, but the gold covered building is very impressive, as are the other buildings on the complex.
|And the view the other way|
|The That Luang Stupa|
Back to the hotel via the COPE centre, one step on from the UXO centre in Luang Prabang, this one told you a bit about un-exploded ordnance but then also explained about the rehabilitation that is going on with provision of false legs, not just for UXO victims but also those who were born with club feet, or that have suffered motorbike accidents for example. Much more positive, but not as shocking as the information centre in LP, well worth a visit though. All in all we walked a long way, in the heat, oh yes, remember what it’s like to be warm now, never happy are we!
|The superb temple on the That Luang Stupa complex|
|Inside the temple|
Met up with Olia in the evening, we rescued her from her prison cell of a room, also with no windows, we thought we were going to book her in with us, but she was too self sufficient and sorted herself out! Had a lovely meal, very moist fish cooked in salt, and chicken noodles and morning glory, doesn’t sound exciting, but all absolutely delicious. We’d looked at the huge night market the previous evening so toddled off home to bed.
|Reclining Buddha on the same site|
Bumped into Olia this morning so we all went off to the museum together, she’s heading off tonight on the 24 hour bus journey to Hanoi, and we are thinking we could have gone to Tha Khek today at 12 noon rather than tomorrow, but too late for that. Still I’m looking forward to a highly recommended pizza tonight!
|Prosthetic limbs on display in the COPE centre showing, along with the searching and removal of UXO, the great work they are doing there|