Overlooking the City of Chiang Mai

After 10 steps I need a rest!  only 290 more to go

After 10 steps I need a rest! only 290 more to go

A 45 minute ride through the city, up a winding road and then 300 steps (way to many for this 50-year-old to climb) and I was on a mountainside perch overlooking the City of Chiang Mai from the temple of Wat Phrathat.   DSC_2208Behind me was the temple with a huge golden chedi (spire), within which lie some holy Buddha relics.  I am not sure what the relics are, but they must be good because they are a shit load of people here with me!

DSC_2211Like so many of the temples in Thailand this one had lots of stall selling trinkets and little places to eat at the base of the steps.  I found small place down one of the alleyways for a lunch of rice and fried vegetables.  Unlike any other place I have been so far on this trip there were people selling little strawberries with sugar everywhere – Maggie you would have love them and they were sweet and cheap!

A view from my room as the sun was comng up

A view from my room as the sun was coming up

Any visit to this city would be incomplete without stopping by this temple and the night market!

From the top of the hill looking over the city

From the top of the hill looking over the city

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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