March 4, 2016
04.03.2016 - 04.03.2016 24 °C
We decided to walk Coaker's Walk, which is very close to the Richwin Hotel. This is a walk carved out of the edge of the mountain, paved and fenced, with wonderful views of the valley. It is only a five minute walk if you just walk it, but of course, it took us longer than that, due to picture taking and just plain gawking at the view.
We went back to the hotel to check out and got a taxi to the new hotel, Hilltop Towers. Once we were settled in, we decided to visit Koruna Farms, the organic farm we had heard about. We walked over to the bus station and got on a bus. We had been told any bus would drop us off at the farm. The conductor told us to get off when we were in a little town, quite a long way down the mountain. We didn't even know the name of the town but after asking around we got some help. A store keeper arranged with a young man with a vehicle to give us a ride to the farm. They seemed to know where it was and that was some 5 km back up the mountain! So we got in with him and back up we went. He turned off on a road quite close to town and followed it along the ridge. This road deteriorated as we went and he stopped several times to ask for directions. After 3 or 4 km and the road getting worse and worse, we said enough. We had no idea how we would get back if we did find the farm and the road was almost impassable. So he turned around and brought us back to the town. We had to pay him too much, but he did try to help us find it. The information man at the tourist office has sure got his info wrong!
We checked out the Forestry Office and found out no walking in the forest is allowed now, due to fire season. So on we went to find some lunch. We had a delicious lunch at a little place with a very personable owner. His English was good and he was very chatty and understood my diet problem and accommodated me very well. I think we'll be back there again.
Back to the hotel for a rest and then off again to visit Bryant Park flower garden. On the way there, we passed the International School's sports grounds where they were holding a sports day. We watched several events and enjoyed the intensity of some of the athletes. Then on to the flower garden, which actually had very few flowers. It is too early in the spring for many blooms. They have the bedding plants out, but they are not very developed. There were lots of school groups in the park, which makes for some interesting interactions.
As we returned to our hotel, Don was ahead of me a bit (because it was uphill), trying to see what was happening at the sports day. He passed a cow on the sidewalk and she turned her head and butted him in the hip. I didn't see this and I passed the same cow and had the same thing happen to me. So we can have matching bruises. This is the first time we have had any problem with any of the many cows we have seen along the way. Later on we just went to one of the restaurants connected to the hotel for supper. We didn't have to walk up or down a hill to eat for a change.