Wow is the Grand Place something or what?? All that brightly coloured sparkling mosaic everywhere -= very impressive I must say.
Already there were crowds of people (mainly Asians) queuing to get in – group tours with their guides it seems so I grabbed a coffee from a handy 7/11 store.
Now I say handy, and that is exactly what the Seven Eleven is here in Siam – most streets have 3 or 4 of them and apparently there are almost 7000 stores in Thailand and half of them are in Bangkok! In fact I have passed 6++ (lost count eventually) just in the area I stayed in Bangkok.
Grabbing a coffee and a toastie for breakfast I was then considering NOT visiting the Palace as the hordes of people grew like a swarm of bees, but then they swarmed in at around 0815 so the Queen must have led them in and I also joined in and had paid for a ticket very quickly as a solo visitor, coz all the others were buying in bulk!
Anyway I then proceeded to take hundreds of pictures of all this amazing mosaic Palace and I am sure at some time I will find time to upload a few after I have filtered through the better ones. You just got one of me to tempt you sao far!
This picture of me was actually taken by a lone ranger woman who I think was Russian – she probably thought I was too as she addressed me in Russian asking me to take her picture – so I got her to reciprocate – not the best background but it proves I was there!!!
The entry fee was 500 Baht and after I had wandered the grounds and had a butchers in the Museum of the Emerald Buddha (who is actually made of jade and sits in the temple at the Palace looking down on everyone) I then wandered back to the hotel to relax for a while before checkout at 12noon. I had thought to possibly spend the afternoon on a boat trip but decided against that in favour of a relax by the small pool and a rejuvenation for the 12 hour bus journey tonight.
Wandered out and had a yummy Tom Yam at the street stall behind the hotel later and basically relaxed the day away. I have also developed an “AC sore throat” now so am glad I am moving on and will stock up on water for the journey tonight as well as hit the pharmacy (no homeopath to be seen nearby) for some throat lozenges although currently I am dosing myself with Hot honey and lemon to ease it a little.