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Feb. 9 - LAUTOKA, FIJI

sunny 93 °F
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Fiji's number 1 export is sugar. Serenity docked this morning near the largest sugar cane mill in the Southern Hemisphere. No tours of the factory were offered (hee hee) so we traveled through the cane fields along Queen's Road to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

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The botanical garden was founded by Raymond Burr (yes, Perry Mason fell in love with Fiji and orchards) back in 1977.

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Antelope orchid - see the horns?

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Ornamental Ginger

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Chicken Feet orchid - really?

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Lovely Lily pads and toads

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Climbing higher into the rain forest - melodic bird songs, really high humidity, flowering trees - I'm painting a picture, here!

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Hey! A sense of humor among horticulturists!

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Our excellent local guide explained much about daily living in Fijian villages. Here is a local Methodist church and maybe the neighbor's cow?

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A photo stop at the exterior of the largest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. All the materials were brought in from India.

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Our multifaceted tour included a Kava welcome ceremony.

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Our final stop, First Landing Beach - respected by Fijians as the place their ancestors first arrived 2000 years ago after sailing from Tanzania (must fact check). This is Bole, our excellent guide.

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Fiji Gold, an excellent beer. Here's to a great visit to Lautoka, the Sugar City.

Posted by Swenigale 22:35 Archived in Fiji

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