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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Memories of Mandalay cruise....


After lunch, we visited a lacquer craft shop  - they cut bamboo into very thin strips with slits at the end and then shape the strips into the type of product desired.  They then attach the bamboo strips using the slits at the end. The lacquer is acquired from the acacia tree, which is sapped like rubber from a rubber tree.


And then to Mamuha Temple, which was built in 1059 by a captive king to improve his karma for future incarnations.


And then to Shwesandaw Pagoda, which was erected in 1057 in celebration of a military victory and to enshrine hairs of the Buddha.


Then back to the ship -  appetizers for dinner were a green salad with grapes, bacon and croutons; or a tomato and mozzarella salad with basil-pesto sauce.  The soup was creamy pumpkin.  The main dishes were parmesan crusted chicken with green peas and rice; fresh inle bream (fish) with fresh vegetables and sautéed potatoes (my choice); and stuffed tortilla with vegetables . The fish was excellent, and I had white wine.  For dessert, there was fried banana with honey sauce or an assorted fruit and melon plate.

 
Viking arranged for a professional puppet troupe to come aboard to present a puppet show.   Puppetry is popular throughout Asia and the Burmese have a tradition of being highly skilled at puppetry since the 11th century. 



Photos belong to Phil Bianco.

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