Ian & Claire's Adventure
We woke up 'early' with the plan to see half of the big temple areas in the coolness of the morning but didnt leave till 10am. on the way we heard a whistling behind us and there was Mayesh...sporting a nice new pen. We chatted to him for a while as we walked to the temple, past a fabulous view of the river and saw the little round boats going to the monkey temple. He left us at the bit where we had to pay so we walked (at this day in nearly midday heat) through loads of temple ruins and boulders and beautiful views. We finally arrived at the high walled vitalla temple. We paid our huge fee to get in. it was amazing, slowly crumbling but they really seemed to be trying to support the huge colummns covered in holy symbols, gods and characters. Claire was chuffed to find her favourite frangipanne tree and put a flower behind her ear (she got many odd stares for that!) We bumped into Phil again (hes a nice scouse bloke, a lone traveller with a great sense of humour). We waved off the rickshaws, insisting on walking back but it was so hot we had to rush between big shady temples. Back at our place none other than Phil was sitting in our restaurant so we had ice cold water and chatted till the temperature reduced. We then bartered with a rickshaw driver to take us to the royal centre. It was getting late so we only saw the old royal elephant stables and lotus mahal where the ladies used to chat in manicured lawns. The sun was setting so we had to go back and missed a few other bits but we were exhausted and a bit templed out.