Swimming in the Taal volcano

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Taal volcano #1

The Taal volcano with it's lake inside a volcano inside a lake inside a volcano is a beautiful sight. We did the 2 hour hike up the main volcano and down to the lake with sulferous water, steam still gushing from some of the fissures. The water is warm and it smells like rotten eggs :), but it was great to have a swim surrounded by the green volcano walls, was like a movie setting.

Tagaytay on the ridge overlooking the lake is where the Manila weekenders flock, famous for coconut pie, steak, beef stew and coconut whiskey - none of the low alcohol homemade stuff you get in Indonesia, this is 40%-scorch your-throat stuff.

The weirdest thing was the 'People's Park in the Sky', made even more spooky by the mist that was rolling in when I visited. It's Marcos unfinished summer home turned into a sort of picnic ground. It's suppposed to be a theme park but I'm still clueless what the theme was supposed to be. The whole place is rundown and plants grow inside the rooms. The only thing that was slightly interesting was the little amphitheater he had built for himself, including fake roman statues, and the overall weirdness of it all.

We passed by the memorial there to the 42nd Filipino division, coffeefairy's grandfather was listed there on the marble plates commemorating the Bataan death march which killed thousands of POW's after the Philippines were lost.

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Taal volcano #1
Taal volcano #1
Taal volcano #2
Taal volcano #2
Taal volcano #3 - Walking through …
Taal volcano #3 - Walking through…
Taal volcano #4 - had a swim
Taal volcano #4 - had a swim
Taal lake - fish pens in the big l…
Taal lake - fish pens in the big …
Tagaytay meatmarket #1
Tagaytay meatmarket #1
Tagaytay meatmarket #2
Tagaytay meatmarket #2
Tagaytay market - indian mangos
Tagaytay market - indian mangos
Tagaytay - fancy fancy
Tagaytay - fancy fancy
Tagaytay - peoples park in the sky
Tagaytay - people's park in the sky
Tagaytay - the church at peoples …
Tagaytay - the church at people's…
Tagaytay - entrance to peoples pa…
Tagaytay - entrance to people's p…
Taal lake
Taal lake
Tagaytay - 42nd division memorial
Tagaytay - 42nd division memorial
Tagaytay - memorial for the Bataan…
Tagaytay - memorial for the Bataa…
Tagaytay - coffeefairys granddad …
Tagaytay - coffeefairy's granddad…
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photo by: JeAr