After a leisurely 8 am breakfast (Andrew had already watched 'Shakespeare in Love' on his room's satellite TV!) a taxi driver was co-opted to take us to the south side of
Narrow carpets - one woman; medium carpets - two women; and wide carpets - four women. They occasionally glance at the pattern hanging in front of them.
Upstairs were piles of carpets divided into 60 knot, 80 knot, or 100 knot, the latter being the highest quality. Patterns and colours were diverse. It takes 45 days to make a large carpet, with four women working. The prices seemed appropriate for this much labour, at around US$250 for a medium-sized one.
After this [there's no comment in the diary as to whether Andrew bought
a carpet - Ed], a visit to a shopping area in Patan, where we bought a
picture with gold leaf [where is it now?], probably
paying over the odds. Next stop was Patan's
This final batch of pictures from this trip were taken in Patan and Durbar Squares, and on the way back to the hotel.
Back at the Radisson around 12 noon, we had 3 hours to kill before moving to the airport. The Bluebird supermarket provided some snacks, and we ate some of these sitting up on the 5th floor outside by the pool. It was pleasantly warm now, the air having been cleared by yesterday's rain. Also had a coffee and perused Andrew's copy of Andrew Stephenson's picture book 'Around the Annapurnas'. [A Nepalese Journey - On Foot Around the Annapurnas - a lovely book.]
Eventually, Shirish and Mahesh arrived to see us off, and cream coloured scarves were placed around our necks as last goodbyes were made.
The following 24 hours
were spent either waiting or flying. Yahtzee was introduced to Andrew and
occupied the time before our 7:25 pm flight left
Whilst I slept for
a good chunk of the 7 hour flight to London, Martin watched films etc. Then
only 2 hours at Heathrow before the 40 minute flight to
Our short taxi journey
returns us to
Note re costs: We kept a full record. The three and a half week trip cost Sue and me each around £2500.