Utheemu, Maldives is famed as the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who with his brothers and his companions fought an eight-year-long war to drive out the Portuguese invaders who occupied the Maldives from 1558 to 1573. Utheemu Ganduvaru is the wooden palace in which Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu lived and grew up. It is well preserved and evokes more than any other existing building in the Maldives, the lifestyle of the rich, centuries ago. (Read more by clicking on the two links) – Thanks Wikipedia!
This longboat is a recreated monument to the islands hero.
As we walked the islands main road, it became obvious that some serious money had been spent to bring civilization to this small dot of land so far from it’s neighbors. Everything had to arrive by surface vessels to supply the islands needs.
Like this guy resting in one of the many makeshift lounges ….
…. in something like this ….
At first glance, it seemed that there were not going to be many opportunities to shoot flowers ….
…. was I ever wrong ….
…. meanwhile, Barbara found a vender she liked, and of course bargained him down on the price of a “pretty”, and further on down the street, made some kids happy by purchasing some shells.
Here is a picture of a memorial center ….
…. pretty fancy for a place not much bigger than the town in southern Colorado, that I grew up in.
Remember that guy lounging ….
….. this is that giant tree behind him. No, that isn’t Barbara, just some lady that photobombed the scene.
We walked as far as we could – about 20 minutes and ended up on the other side ….
…. beautiful beach.
Did I mention there were flowers ….