Cambodia ( part 4)

Hello readers!  It is  Friday  and time to share another story of our travel in Cambodia.

A day to visit  more  temples of  Angkor  with our guide , Mr. Chet. First, we go to see the temple Banteay Srei. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sand stones, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a “precious gem”, or the “jewel” of Khmer art.

Later that day, we go to see Kbal Spean . An Angkorian era archaeological site on the southwest slopes of the Kulen Hills. The site consists of a series of stone rock relief carvings in sandstone formations of the river bed and banks. It is commonly known as the “Valley of a 1000 Lingas ” or “The River of a Thousand Lingas”. The motifs for stone carvings are mainly myriads of lingams (phallic symbol of Hindu  god Shiva god ), depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a sandstone bed rock, and lingam-yoni  designs. There are also various Hindu mythological motifs, including depictions of the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Rama, and Hanuman , as well as animals (cows and frogs). See  some of the photos I took.

After lunch,we visit another temple close by: Banteay Samre. Temple dedicated to Vishnou.

In the temple, this man is blessing me with prayers and after he puts a bracelet around   my wrist. You wear it until it falls off. I think I had it for more than a year. In fact, I had 3 different bracelets after this trips. I had gotten my first one in Thailand.

Often you see kids hanging around the temples. Some kids sells little souvenirs.

But those girls were serious about selling me some scarfs or blouse. It was very inexpensive. I bought a white blouse and I like it very much. They sell stuff in American money. But the money of  the country is the  Cambodian Riel.   1US dollar is 4059 Riels.

This man is cleaning his animals in the lake by the temples.

What  a day ! Back on Pub street for a cheap beer. I must wear my new blouse!  

A good dinner and a  good night of sleep for us after a long visiting day.  More temples to see the  next day. It is coming on my next post, next week.

Thanks for reading my story . And many thanks for you who write a comment.


13 thoughts on “Cambodia ( part 4)

  1. The temples are so amazing looking. Such ancient carvings, and in sandstone! And they have lasted this long! I liked seeing all your pictures…. they gave me a feel for the place I can’t get from just one photo.

    I love the expression on the girl’s face as you took their photo!

    What a great trip, wow.

    • I am also very happy I am taking so many pictures and now 4 years later I can look again and recall this fantastic time we had. Isn’t why we take pictures, to keep the memories alive. Thanks you so much to take the time to write a comment. More on Cambodia next Friday. I am glad you enjoy !

  2. It’s amazing to think that a long time ago it was a lively and probably crowded place France. Your sellers have both a beautiful smile 😉 ( You and your Husband too 😉 You are a nice Couple next to the waterfall.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your trip with us France

    • It is a pleasure for me and happy to read that you enjoy it also. Taking so many pictures helps to recall the trip. Maybe you would like to visit Cambodia ? More on Cambodia next Friday. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Hi France and Stephen! Hope you are both well….I’ve just enjoyed reading your Cambodia
    Post and find myself wondering where you are travelling now!!
    Seems ages since we last got together.. hopefully we can have a reunion soon!
    We have been busy with everyday life,swimming,looking after kids, shopping ,exercising
    And eating! We spent this week preparing taxes and finding a CPA who knew the USA/Canada
    Nuances, and several trips to Ikea to get things for my middle son David. Lifting up the heavy
    Boxes ,hurt Charles back and now he’s in considerable pain when he moves! He’s got an appt
    At lynnvalley physio on Monday. At six thirty am!
    We are planning trips to uk and Sacramento at the end of the month ,just short ones , as long
    As Charles back improves.Our pool and hot tub ,we use every day and the hot water helps
    Back muscles to relax.Today looks like Spring from the window…so much blue sky and glorious
    Sun . Hope we can meet up..depending on where you are and the level of back pain!
    Just wanted to send love ❤️ and a hug to you both…Pam and charles

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Banteay Srei est un des temples que j’ai préféré par sa taille moins imposante et la richesse de ses sculptures ! Je découvre les autres sites à travers tes photos et regrette de n’avoir pas été au bord de la rivière “aux mille lingas”. Un autre voyage s’impose pour nous !!!

  5. Je suis émerveillée par la beauté des sculptures qui ornent les temples. Quel beau travail!
    Les enfants ont l’air bien charmants et on peut difficilement leur résister; et les petites t’ont vendu une bien jolie blouse!!!

    • Les enfants savent qu’autour des temples il y aura plein de touristes . Les travailleurs du site les tolerent puisqu’ils savent bien que l’argent rapporte a la maison sera bienvenu. C’etait effectivement difficile de dire non mais parfois il faut . C’est comme au Mexique …les vendeurs sont partout.

    • Merci. C’est exactement l’idee derriere ce blog que j’ai beaucoup de plaisir a faire. Donner le gout de l’aventure. Et pour moi revivre un peu ces aventures. Merci beaucoup de tous ces commentaires.

    • demain matin-comme a tous les vendredi je mets un nouveau texte sur le blog Fun and Life , Ce sera le dernier sur le Cambodge et apres tu pourras voir Hong Kong. Merci de tes visites.

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