Around the world. (Part 5)

This is another post on my travels in Asia. This trip was in  winter 2014.  After visiting Northern Thailand and many places in Vietnam, we flew to Siem Reap where we  visited many temples. It is best  to have a guide who can tell you  about each temples. He knows when it is good to visit them according to the amount of tourists around. We had busy days but  when we travel we know our days are not for resting. This can be done later when we get home.

Angkor Wat is an unique place. I am so happy I got to see it.

We had one more country to see during that trip. From Siem Reap we flew to Hong Kong. When we arrived at the airport, we  bought an octopus card . The MTR is a great way to travel in HK.

When you  see  all the skyscrapers you cannot believe that so many people live there.  We were busy travelers.  Every day we explored a different area of this big city. As usual I brought back tons of photos.

We discovered some quiet areas  such as  the Nan Lian Gardens. We visited a few  temples. We saw nice art in display.  We got to see the Big Buddha on Lantau Island.

After 35 days in Asia ( 4 countries)  it was time to go back home.  If you missed any of my “Around the world” posts,  you can find the 4 previous posts published earlier .

It was an incredible journey that we will never forget. I am  looking forward to other adventures, take more pictures , meet new people, discover other parts of  the world. I learn more about myself as I get out of my comfort zone.

Fun and Life ( which is the title of this blog ) is coming to and end with this post. I am not sure at this time if there will be a sequence  (Fun and Life-2  ?) or not. I’ve got to do some thinking and see if my desire to write about all the fun things  ( mostly travel) is still an important part of my life.

Thanks for reading and be sure that  your comments were always very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia (part 2)

We were up early and excited to see more of Angkor. I am really not  a specialist of this history  but I can show you photographs . Behind me is Angkor Wat .

Angkor Wat is decorated with depictions of apsaras and devata;  there are more than 1,796 depictions of devata in the present research inventory. Angkor Wat architects employed small apsara images (30 cm –40 cm ) as decorative motifs on pillars and walls. Deva is the Hindu  term for deity; however, devata is a smaller, more focused deva. An aspara is is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

Integrated with the architecture of the building, and one of the causes for its fame is Angkor Wat’s extensive decoration, which predominantly takes the form of bas-relief friezes.

Bayon Temple. Many stone faces.

Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

Ta Nei is a temple hidden in the forest. We had to walk a  bit in the jungle to get there. We are surprised to see a young man selling t-shirt. He paints the t-shirt and gives money to the monks that raised him. We came home with 4 t-shirts. A good cause and a nice souvenir from Cambodia.

Ta Prohm is a beautiful temple, bound by massive roots of huge trees. Back in the days it was very different: one could see walls decorated by precious stones, hear beautiful music, and dancing in the halls. When in late nineteenth century Ta Prohm was discovered by French, they decided not to conduct a full-scale restoration of the temple. The decision was made due to the fact that giant trees, such as fichus and silk trees, were so merged with ancient walls that eventually they became whole.

Isn’t amazing to see this place ? Maybe some of you have been there also and you understand the history of those temples.

More to come on my next post. Thanks for reading and your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambodia (part 1)

And now we are going to discover parts of another country.

We arrived  in Cambodia , in Siem Reap, from HCMC. Our guide was waiting for us  at the airport. He had arranged for us to travel to the city by tuk-tuk. We sat in an open  cabin. Our driver was riding his scooter in front and pull us. It was our first ride in tuk-tuk. We used it almost everyday while we were in Cambodia. On the road, we saw many people riding their bicycle or scooter and a few cars.

We left our suitcases at the hotel, we had lunch and then visited The Khmer Artisans shop. The young people we saw are learning the traditional art. They create beautiful objects.

We went to get our pass for the Angkor temples  at the office.  It is located 5.5 km north of Siem Reap. Many tourists come to Angkor ,  a temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Angkor , means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag,  and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

Before it closed for the night, we  had time to see one temple. Kanteay Kdei . It  means a citadel of Chambers. It is a large Buddhist temple.

Over  the next 5 days , we will see 17 temples with our guide.

We had dinner on Pub street , a very animated street. We had a great meal with local food. We had a plan to go back to more of the temples of Angkor  very  early the next day. It is often the best as there are less tourists and  the light is better for photography.

On my next post, I will show you more of Angkor. Thanks for reading.