Mandalay

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The weather deteriorated quickly.   We awoke to  flooded grounds and staff waiting on the veranda with large umbrellas to  escort us to breakfast. 

We could only spend so long admiring the days folded napkins.  They seem to have a inexhaustible repertoire at the Emerald Land. So, what do you do on a wet day in Mandalay?  

We had a car and driver booked to take us to the Ancient Capitals and U'Beins Bridge.   I had been looking forward to it for the best part of a year.  We set off hopefully for U'Beins Bridge but quickly gave up on our original plans.

Come rain or come shine, these passengers were going about their business as usual.

At Mahamuni Pagoda the woodcarver was hard at work.  The entrance to the pagoda is a labyrinth of streets and vendors, reminiscent of a bazaar.  We took care of our Christmas shopping, including  $2 'Adidas' sports bags needed to carry our purchases when we leave Mandalay in the morning.

Our driver took us to see Kalaga hangings being embroidered.   

Originally this elaborately sequined work was used only on court robes.

The young women sit at low tables in front of the windows of dark work-sheds and produce this beautiful work. 

In the same building puppet makers were at work.  I was rather taken with this extremely large gentleman.
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