This tour was very interesting and informative. The tranquility of the American War Memorial to the old grounds of Intramuros. The church visits were made more interesting by the impending Papal visit which is only two days away.
This tour was good mainly because of our tour guide Leny. On our way to Tagaytay, she gave a lot of information about history in the Philippines. She shared some information about local, significant individuals important to the Philippino history. We stopped at a fruit stand along the way and our guide purchased some "mini" bananas for us to sample.
When we arrived on the hills over the Taal lake, the air was gloomy. We hurried up and took some pictures of the volcano and the lake. Shortly afterwards, the rain started and the fog and moisture obscured the Taal lake and the volcano of the same name from our view. Fortunately, we had taken a few pictures before the rain started. I wish we were able to actually go to the volcano itself to see the middle crater lake too as we could not see it from our vantage point.
Lunch was excellent with enough food for everybody. There was a variety of local items on the menu but I particularly enjoyed the fish served called white fish locally.
On the return trip, we stopped at a war memorial at the American cemetery. It was sobering to see a lot of marked graves for fallen World War II soldiers. After that we stopped at a shop in Makati with local artisans wares on display and for sale. There were a lot of woodworks, souvenirs, and even some articles of clothing for sale.
Then we stopped at Fort Bonifacio to learn more about the history of Manila Intramuros. We watched a DVD relating the history of the walls and walked around to see the wall itself and the dungeon built by the Spanish. During that trek, our guide gave us a lot of anecdotes and information concerning the history of Manila.
The tour ended with our drop off at our respective hotels and cruise ship.
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