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Cambodia part 1 :: Siem Reap

Passing by
Don’t even ask why we are currently spending 2 weeks in our favourite Cambodia when my Christmas schedule is almost out-of-this-world crazy busy. I should be in a manic working/making panic by now.

Probably because I won’t have a chance to catch my breath between now and Christmas is as good enough reason as any. And because we love Cambodia (this is our 3rd visit). We made choices, my guy and I, to be as open to travel and the world and opportunities whenever we can (subject to leave allowance and the cat’s approval).

Besides, I normally bring work to make while I travel but I have to confess I’ve only had 2 very small sessions at making things this trip. Just typing that is manifesting a big old dose of The Guilts, so instead I’ll focus on trying to whittle down a few favourite shots from about a million photos from Siem Reap, home of the magnificent Angkor Wat.

I’m putting a whole heap more onto Flickr, if you want to see more.
Top floor
Roof tops. Those pointy curly tips on the corners of the buildings are representative of Apsara fingers, Khmer celestial dancing nymphs, and are common architectural features especially on temples and pagodas.

Look how well dressed this rice seller is at the local market.

To market
Target Home on wheels.

Did you read the bottom of the middle board – isn’t that reassuring?!!!
“We never serve: cat, rat, dog, monkey or worm”

Tile love
Who doesn’t love a bit of tile love?

Domestics covered.

Angkor Thom (south gate), Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat. Only some of the details at Angkor Wat are fully restored. It’s all about restoration versus conservation. The site was built in the 12th century and modified many times to suit the changing dominant religions before being abandoned to the jungle. After rediscovery in the early 20th century there was a lot of pillaging of artefacts, particularly heads and hands of statues. The idea now is to restore only a few details to show what existed while leaving others to show the progress of time. I love this approach.

Bayon, Angkor Wat
Beautiful, serene, enormous, stone faces of Buddha, and there’s one on each side of these towers facing East, South, West and North. They are massive and many and amazing.

Bayon, Angkor Wat

The blue jacket


Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm temple is a fabulous example of conservation versus restoration. A decision has been made to preserve the state of the temple as it is, with the jungle taking over. This temple, sadly, is becoming best known as the Lara Croft Temple because it’s the site of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie. Sigh.


Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat

A Buddhist nun offering blessings to visitors at Ta Promh.

Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat


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