I find inspiration most everywhere. In Myanmar, it was the quiet corners of this conflicted country and its people. Each destination carries within it small treasures. I love searching for these pieces (okay, lets be real, I like to shop) and sharing their stories.
Yangon (Rangoon) was ripe with exquisite hand-painted lacquered pieces, decorated bamboo parasols and various antiquities, which can be
difficult to extricate from the country.
My favorite destination however, was the ancient city of Bagan in the Mandalay Region. As the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries, the unification of these regions, would later constitute modern
Myanmar. Although the weather did not cooperate on the day we were there, I highly recommend
taking advantage of the hot air ballooning over the horizon of stone temples. Climbing atop a temple at sunset here is a truly religious experience.
The serene stillness of water villages, silk markets, Buddhist temples and floating
gardens on Inle Lake are also not to be missed. A few motorboats and flat bottomed skiffs
navigate these waters, propelled by the unique Intha technique of leg rowing -- in which one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water. The people here will do or make anything for you, just be culturally sensitive and ask nicely.
Interested in Bali--Bangkok--Cambodia...? ASK!!