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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

MONGOLIA - PHOTOS

First night camping in Mongolia

The Altai area is very beautiful

Heading in to the town of Olgii

There are Mosques here too

The main drag - lots of Russian apartment buildings

Plenty of lakes in this area

And desert villages

So many horses

Are they on the way to a local Naadam?

100's of gers near Khovd

Water logged streets in Khovd

The Buddhist Temple

On the road - ger removal time

Lots of thirsty camels

Always a ger in the yard

And horses everywhere

A roadside shrine

In to the Gobi

They still have some of their coat

Desert Gers beside the river

Easy peasy!

Even the trucks use this Highway


A hungry fox

Back to the Steppe


A Buddhist Shrine - to the horse of course!

Some local bikies

Was taking a photo of GR2 coming through, but couldn't resist the horses

Setting up a Ger

Gorgeous

Taking the sheep for a spin

Spinning those Prayer Wheels

Erdene Zuu Khiid - Buddhist Monastery

The still working section


Locals love getting dressed up for photos


On our way to the local Naadam

Which way do we go!!

YAY we are here - at Olzitt


Don't crack a smile boys!

Yes we love you too!!! (especially your outfit!!)

Some serious action

Almost like the Haka

Centre stage as always

Go girl! You can beat him

4 - 6 year olds in action

We are watching too

In the sand dunes - and NO I don't want a ride (had one before and do not like It - maybe 2 humps would make it easier)

In Ulaanbaatar - soooooo wet

Central Plaza

Aren't they adorable - all ready for Naadam

More at Central Plaza

Women's archery

And Men's

Here we go - the arrival of the White Banner

Setting up Ceremony

And parade

Must guard those banners

Music & dancing

Preparing for when they are older

And the horses of course


So much colour

The Opening is off and the big boys come on



Guard

Winter Palace (no photos inside}

Exploring  Baga Gazarin Chuluu with our Mongolian family



Sheep markets on our way out of UB

Have Ger, just add a fence

Gorkhi-Terej National Park 

Turtle Rock

What a little rain can do!!

Yeah I know - a bit tacky - Chingis Khan would not have approved

Maybe he would have approved of this more!

Leaving - I love these gates

Back on the steppe


And yes more gates

Sheep shearing & dousing. They still use shears (large scissors)

Oh dear - which way do we go

Camping beside the Ovoo

Popping by to have a gawp

Meat markets in Choibalson 

The lovely family who showed us around

Double laned highway to the border!

Love all those horses

Yeah it gets worse - and even worser later on

Nearly there - and no we can't use the bridge - Goodbye Mongolia