Boracay – First Impressions

Wow – this is a great place for sunsets. We are staying on White Beach, named because of the color of the sand. But it ought to be called red beach for the sunsets.Boracay 1



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Lots of activities here for those so inclined – water-sports of all kinds, plus lots of other activities. When we first arrived we were concerned about how busy the place is but the beauty still manages to overcome the hustle and bustle. We were tempted by the offers of henna tattoos but came away unmarked.

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This is the main street of Boracay Island, about 100 yards behind the beach. An apparently chaotic situation, but no doubt there is some order behind it all.

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The motorcycle taxis are designed for 7 people; 3 on either side of the compartment to the right of the driver, plus one pillion passenger. There is also supposed to be an additional seat for a young child, but it seems that a child would more likely be strapped to the roof.

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Final beach pics for one day. Beach is busy but manageable. More to come from Boracay when time permits. 

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Went to The Philippines, for the first time ever, and had lovely evening in Manila with our daughter in law Josephine’s family. Here we are having after dinner teas and macaroons. 

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Had the opportunity to do a little sightseeing in Manila – this is the cathedral. Actually its approximately the seventh cathedral to stand here since around 1571. The current one dates from the 1950’s as the previous one was was destroyed in WWII.

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Also visited San Agustin’s church, originally dating from 1587, with most of the current structure dating from the early 15th century. It has withstood several major earthquakes, suffering only the loss of one bell tower, and also withstood the ravages of WWII which destroyed all neighboring churches.

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