Excellent Visit to Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok. Plan on it

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The Wat Pho (Wat Po) is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. For us it was a must see on our most recent trip. Having heard of and seen pictures, we were still awed by the beauty of this massive Buddha. Our original plan had been to see Wat Pho and then continue on to the Grand Palace that was nearby despite warnings from our hotel staff not to attempt the to go near the palace, especially because it was the last day of the thirty-day mourning period of King Bhuminol. They told us it would be extremely crowded with mourners. Did we listen? Of course not. I can only tell you I’m glad we went to Wat Pho first, otherwise it would have been another uneventful day, much like our Sintra attempt.

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How Successful Was Our Big 5 African Safari?

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One of the experiences we were looking forward to on our recent trip to Johannesburg in South Africa was a chance to see animals up close and personal in their natural habitat. That of course meant a safari! Due to a lack of time, we were not able to do a really long one, as in 3 days. We opted for a day safari at Pilanesberg  National Park, located in the North West Province of South Africa, close to Pretoria, about a two hour drive from Johannesburg.

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Metropole Bangkok. Understated Luxury At Its Best

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Our flight from South Africa to Bangkok was a very long one that involved a six hour layover. Needless to say, we were extremely tired upon arrival. Our Uber ride soon delivered us to The Metropole Bangkok, a uniquely designed serviced residence under the new luxury label of Ascott ‘The Crest Collection”. This was to be our home for the next 2 nights courtesy of the hotel. Despite our tiredness that evening, we could not help being impressed by the Metropole, especially at night time. Could it be the elegant hotel Rolls Royce discreetly parked out front giving you a hint of what was to come?

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Emotional Visit to the Apartheid Museum

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On our recent visit to Johannesburg, I had some reservation about seeing the Apartheid Museum. I knew it would be hard, emotional and might make me angry. We were enjoying the city as a whole and thought this might just drag us down enough to reverse our original feelings. I finally decided that we should go for it, so on our second day of the Hop-on – Hop off ride, we got off at the famous #5 stop which was the museum. This is how it felt to be confronted by a dark past in South Africa’s history.

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Is Johannesburg colorful and vibrant? Oh Yes!

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The 94,000 eat capacity football stadium shaped like a calabash (a gourd used to drink beer). A real treat for us to see.

Hello from Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s summer here, but the temperature is quite bearable. I was terrified the first day as l thought we brought rain with us. It had been raining all week before we left Seville. We got to Rome and it rained for a while before clearing up. Imagine my surprise when we landed in Johannesburg to wonderful weather only to have it turn into an ear-splitting thunderous rainstorm  within an hour of arrival and stayed that way for the rest of the day and night :-( . Thankfully, it cleared by the next morning and it’s been perfect since then. Here is a quick post of our first impressions of this absolutely amazing city.

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