Hong Kong ( part 2)

Day 2 in HK. A long long day  of visit . After breakfast, we took the metro to get to the other side of the harbor. We took a tour with Big Bus. The weather was not the best, it was windy and cold. So we just enjoyed sightseeing around. We also went up to Victoria peak with the tram but all was foggy. So, there was no view on the city!!

Hong Kong is an amazing city, with more skyscrapers than NYC!! Many have interesting architecture. We had a short tour on a Sampan (small boat) in Aberdeen. We saw the biggest floating restaurant!

We walked a bit in SOHO . There are more than 260 islands in HK. Many are like countryside and are a great place for people living in HK to escape the big city of 7 million inhabitants. We also did the night tour in Kowloon and saw the light show across the harbor.

Later, we came back in Kowloon. We went out not so far for dinner in  a typical restaurant by the temple market: broccoli, rice, fried noodles. We were almost the only Caucasians. Food was good. We walked a long way in a street with vendors. The famous night market on Temple is a long long row of merchants selling all kind of stuff.

So much to see in Hong  Kong.  I will show you more on my next post. Next Friday. Thanks for reading and if you read it all, it would be nice for me to read a comment  from you .

 

Hong Kong (part 1)

Our adventure in Asia was not over yet. After breakfast in Cambodia, lunch over Laos (probably), we had dinner in Hong Kong.

When we arrived , we purchased an octopus card ( for the public transit) and got HK money. We took a taxi to get to our hotel in Kowloon. The room was very small but we did not need a larger room. We only sleep and have a shower and most of the day we are out. More  hotels are  offering that style exactly because the travelers are not spending much time in their room. I saw it on TV recently.

It was rather cold in Hong Kong and maybe rain was  coming.  I bought an umbrella just in case and got to learn   from the young  lady how to say thanks in Cantonese.  Mgoy! Lots of people speak English in HK so the communication would not be a problem.  In the city many double Decker buses. We did not use them, we walked and we traveled by  metro. And once  we took the tram.

Now some photos to give you an idea of Hong Kong. I must say that the first thing that  I was really impressed with  was the amount of  skyscrapers. Read this info I found on the  web. “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region  has over 7,840 high-rise buildings, 1,303 of which are skyscrapers  standing taller than 100 m (328 ft) with 316 buildings over 150 m (492 ft). The tallest building in Hong Kong is the 108-story International Commerce Center.

 

In my next post, we will see more of Hong Kong. Thanks for reading and your comments.

 

 

 

 

Cambodia ( part 7)

Today  I am posting photographs of  kids  we saw around the temples of Angkor Wat.

You will feel different emotions while looking at those photos.

  

 

What do you think of kids working a few hours a week to bring home a few dollars? I was told they go to school half day and work the other half. Hanging around the temples is the best place for them as it is where the tourists are. The guards are closing their eyes on them as long as they are not disturbing the visit.

We bought bracelets, postcards, a blouse. It was very difficult to say no thanks when you looked in  their eyes  knowing that  one or two dollars would not make a big difference for us . But for them it would.

It is my last post on Cambodia. We flew from Siem Reap to Honk Kong. It will be the story on my next post. Thanks again for your comments and reading.

Cambodia (part 6)

Today, let’s visit Siem Reap.   Siem Reap today—being a popular tourist destination—has a large number of hotels, resorts, restaurants and businesses closely related to tourism.  This is much owed to its proximity to the Angkor temples, the most popular tourist attraction  in Cambodia.

It has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market.

We did not try to feed the fish.  Have you ?

Must be laundry day !!

Here we can buy  gasoline in bottle.

I was told the monks are not allowed to drive a car or a scooter. Did you know that ?

A useful bike to carry anything you want. Siem Reap is an interesting city.

I will have one more post on Cambodia. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

Cambodia ( part 5)

Hello readers ! Happy Friday ! Spring is on its way…

The story of my trip in Cambodia continues.

We still had  time to see more temples. Elephant terrace,  Bantey Prei, Neak Poan, Tan Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup.

I have to say that I asked my guide to write the names of all the temples we  were visiting.  How would I be remembering all those names once  back at home ? He knew a lot about the temples and his English was very good. In fact, you can  easily find a guide who will speak  your language as it is such a touristic place.

Choosing which pictures I will add in this post was not easy. I hope you enjoy them! Maybe you can tell me which one is your favorite.

Elephant Terrace. The terrace was used by Angkor’s king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army.

I told you that we go to the temples by tuk-tuk. Here are some tuk-tuks and their drivers resting in the shade while the tourists are visiting  the temples.

More  photographs of temples. Here is Neak Poan. The Buddhist temple of Preah Neak Poan is a petite yet perfect temple constructed by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. It has a large square pool surrounded by four smaller square pools. In the middle of the central pool is a circular ‘island’ encircled by the two nagas whose intertwined tails give the temple its name.

We saw many kids around this temple that day. On another post, I will share many photos of kids we saw. They are beautiful and they know enough English to sell you little souvenirs.

Ta Som temple. The eastern outer gopura has been overgrown by a sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) which has grown down through the blocks that make up the gopura and into the ground. You can see my husband in the photo , it gives you perspective of the size of the tree.

Some very good artists selling their art work around the temples. I did not buy anything, somehow it can be tricky to bring back those images when you try to travel light. You know you can enlarge the photo while clicking on it.

That day we spent the whole morning around temples. It was very hot, so we had a rest at our hotel  in the afternoon. Later we went out again  for 2 hours to take pics around sunset.

Another great day. Thanks to our guide, our time in Angkor  had been wonderful. We had one more day to spend in Siem Reap.

I will show you more about that  day in my next post next Friday. Thanks for reading and for your comments. Have a good Week-end.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Cambodia (part 3)

Today is another adventure.  I have many photos for you on that post.  21 photos for you to understand the lifestyle of the people living over there.

We went to Tonle Sap Lake and  Kampong Khleang (fishing village).  The Lake is an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive – floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters  boats ride on the lake.

It is quite amazing to see how people live in those stilt houses ( can be up to 10 m/ 33 ft high). They have to protect themselves as in the rainy season ( Mid-May through October), the rising water of the Mekong cause the flow of the Sap river to reverse and also the lake surface area increases.

We are getting ready to go on a boat on the lake.

We meet a bigger boat with tourists.

You can see that people are living here in that floating house and the clothing hanging.

They must use whatever they are, they recycle everything to built their house.

Isn’t it amazing? This little girl does not seem afraid at all to climb up to her house.

That water does not seem so clean but this is all they have to wash themselves and their clothing.

Our day was not finish , we had more  temples to see. Beng Mealea.  The movie Indiana Jones  was filmed there.

We came from far way to see another world and I can only be thankful I took so many photos to remember and share with you.

Thanks for reading. Always happy to read your comments. Next week, more on Cambodia…