Written by Pro TouristBetter Than Others ?
Majority of burmese are buddhists. They said that they follow the Buddha’s teaching. Actually they don’t because an important point of Buddha’s teaching is ” Focus on the present , don’t expect the future and don’t yearn for the past “.
We burmese usually do more for the future than the present. They have got false hope from the swindlers and canny monks. They teach the simple and honest people to spend more money for the religion in this life, if so you will reborn better life and through to Nivanna. Their slogan is that ” you will be in trouble without drinking water and umbrella when you travel in summer ” . ” The same things you will regret in the next life without Danna, means good deeds“. That’s why there are countless of big and small pagodas and very grand monasteries across Burma but burmese are so reluctant to spend money for their children’s education .
Other nationalities are totally different from burmese, they invest such a big amount of money for their children and health care. Not only foreigners but also burmese chinese take great care of their children. They know exactly how important of education is and better education can escalate their future but most of burmese income go straight to the pagodas and swindlers.
In 2019, I went to Italy with burmese chinese group. Some clients of mine took their children with them. They wanted to show their children to developed Nations. Absolutely right idea because seeing something with their own eye is much better than reading in the book, ” seeing is believing “. The heart-touching place in our trip was Venice, the delightful city in Italy. All my clients were so excited to visit there because they had seen it in James Bond movies such as Risico (1958), From Russian with love (1963), Moonraker (1979) and Casino Royale (2006). They still memorized the last one which Bond pilots the speed boat whilst Vesper smiles and takes photos of Venice landscape.
We stayed overnight just the opposite of Venice and paid a visit there next morning. At first, take our private coach about twenty minutes that drove pass the long bridge. On the left and right are sea and beautiful small islands with elegant buildings on them. Then we transfer to the boat which is double decker so that we can enjoy the whole scenery, Really breathing view. Some speed boats drive pass while we are on board. My clients both adults and children recognize James Bond when they saw the speed boats. They are very busy to take pictures with Venice landscape.
The best memory in Venice is wondering around St.Mark square, the bridge of sighs which is very popular, enclosed limestone bridge with a small window. It is in connection with the Doge’s palace and prison. Richard Russo, the pulitzer award wining author wrote a novel ” Bridge of sighs ” so the bridge is more popular.
” Bridge of sighs “
The author was award the pulitzer price for ” The Emperor fall ”. Every tourists takes picture there so it is very crowded. You must be patient to take a nice picture with that bridge otherwise you can’t get clear & nice picture.
Your trip is not completed without taking Gondola, a light boat for the canals in Venice which give you very good experience through the canals.
There are so many beautiful bridges cross over canals in Venice that are unlike others. Gondolas are extremely clean and tidy. The boat man is standing at the back and row it which is like Intha boat man in Inle lake. The difference is rowing the boat by hand and foot. St.Mark square is our meeting point where we explain about the notable San Marco Catholic church, bell tower and plazzo. Shopping and wondering around is very good for the clients. If they wish they can also have very good Italian coffee but more expensive than other places.
San Marco or St.Mark church is very beautiful that is mixed gothic and islamic architecture it shows the might and the wealth of Venice. The bell tower is just in front of the church where Galileo, italian scientist presented his telescope to policy makers from Venetian Republic on 25 August 1609. It is a small museum nowadays which was opened in 1912, the tallest building of 99 metres height. The previous tower fell down and re constructed it but a little leaning as the venice has been flooded many times the land is not so stable.
The clock tower is beside the church at the Plazzo, shopping centre for the tourists. It was designed by Maurizio Codussi and built beginning in1496. The clock displays time, the phase of the moon and the dominant sign of the zodiac . Very old but still showing correct time not like clock towers in Burma. We burmese have followed one way system. Only build the buildings, no maintenance. If you have a chance, please wash your hand in the wash room in Mandalay airport. The water taps are out of order.
Venice is very old city located on many small islands in connection with amazing bridges so the streets are very narrow, no motor car in the centre. On the other hand, italian take great care of archaeology and preserve the ancient buildings. Marco Polo, a great traveller is from Venice. He first set out to China with his father and uncle through Silk Road at the heigh of Mongo empire. He spent 17 years under King Kublai Khan and returned to Venice. When he arrived home, Venice was at war with Genoa so he joined the army, he was captured and imprisoned where the told his travelling experience to cellmate Rustichello da Pisa. He released in 1299 and his friend published a book about Marco Polo. That’s why he is very famous. Some records said Marco Polo had been to Bagan but not so sure.
We need to travel to seek the knowledge and finding new friends to do business, Especially with the children. They see and know the history and actual development of the world. I would like to advise you….
Please travel with the children not to be easily cheated by the swindlers.
Thanks for Coming & Visiting to our Planet.
Written by Pro TouristHarder Than Ever !