Friday 19 Feb 2016
Another travel day back over the crazy road (a trip that would take 1 hour at home taking 3 or 4 at least). Along the road the highways department has posted some interesting signs showing philosophical jingles, such as:
"First is always first but don't be fast"
"Self-trust is the essence of heroism"
"Driving and drinking is a fatal cock-tail"
And my personal favourite..."If you are married, divorce speed" - maybe one for the Malahat?
Things I'd love to show pictures of but can't because they are found in monasteries where photography is forbidden, are what they call "butter cakes". These are elaborate sculptures done in butter. Using disks about the size of a Ritz cracker, they build up layers in a variety of pastel colours and make intricate designs. These are put together to form a tree shape and placed on a buttered base and background. The ones we've seen are about 3 feet high and apparently some are even bigger and better. I found the ones we saw breathtaking and was completely intrigued with the psychedelic designs and colours. They can last about a year. Gorgeous!
Arriving in Paro we checked out the serene Paro Dzong, not as big as the one in Punakha, but equally as beautiful.
Then we enjoyed wandering the old part of Paro with its array of shops:
How to make you feel special!.....
Great room with a great view.