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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”
Nowhere does ornate as well as the Far East. I was lucky enough to spend time in Cambodia back in the summer of 2013. The images below come from Phnom Penh where I wandered one wet rainy afternoon.
Earlier in the same trip we went to the awesome Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap. These ancient temples are intricately ornate – even the tree roots covering the jungle temples are ornate!
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door”
The ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are fascinating – in particular the jungle temple where the trees have overgrown the entrances. These are more doorways than doors but still fit the theme.
A submission to this week’s Photo Challenge – Wall.
One of the major experiences of my World Challenge Visit to Cambodia / Vietnam was our time spent at a Cambodian Orphanage. The task we needed to complete was to repaint the boys dormitory, We pent 5 days scrubbing, filling, sanding and painting the walls turning them from yellow to blue. It was a hard week’s work but worth it in the end.
This week’s submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge (Angular)
The buildings of Phnom Penh with their angular roof tops.
Here is a submission to this week’s photo challenge on the theme of signs. All taken last summer on a trip to Cambodia.
A submission to this weeks photo challenge : Relic
I wondered about posting this. However, sometimes relics are designed to make us think; to ponder the evil of mankind on mankind. These relics a salutary reminder of inhumanity to man. These pictures taken from two places in Cambodia are there to speak of the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. Cheoung Ek (aka The Killing Fields) is a place where countless innocents were murdered in the 1970’s. S-21 in a prison camp within Phnom Penh where supposed dissidents were tortured and murdered. Some of the relics below are gruesome. Their purpose, to serve as a warning to future generations and to commemorate the dead.You have been warned.
A submission to this weeks photo challenge : Relic
Such a difficult job to choose which of the many photos I could use to represent this World Heritage Site – a true relic of the Ancient Khmer Kingdom in Cambodia. Here are a few more from my trip last summer.
A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts
At the end of our Ratanakiri trek in Cambodia we stayed the night in a remote village deep in the jungle accessible only by motor boat. This was a village far from modern technology or so it seemed. Look closely at some of the shacks built on stilts, made from natural materials yet equipped with satellite TV dishes. A real contrast.
A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (Hammocks)
Two very different hammocks slung between the trees.
The first in a garden of a holiday home in Spain. A hammock of leisure!
The second in a Cambodian jungle on a monsoon wet night. A hammock of necessity.
Here is my submission to this weeks photo challenge – extra extra
From the depths of the Cambodian Jungle in Ratanakiri Province. I took these flowers – only on reviewing did I spot the bugs – an Extra Bonus.
A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Room
Taken at Angkor Wat near Siem Reap in Cambodia. A place full of ancient rooms. Some like these had been swallowed up by the jungle before being rediscovered. Others within the main Angkor Wat complex are more in tact but show the ravages of time none the less.
A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Split Second Story
This photo was taken last summer in Derwent Water in the Lake District. It sums up a big story for us in the past two years.
On Friday January 27 2012 Anita was cycling to work in Milton Keynes when rounding a bend she slipped on ice and fell, shattering her forearm in the process.
A submission to the Weekly Word Challenge : Travel
As a child I wanted to visit every country in the world.
As yet this aim has not been achieved. However, I have traveled widely in Europe and can count the following in the list of places visited
- Croatia (as part of Yugoslavia)
- Czech Republic (also as Czechoslovakia)
- Slovakia (also as Czechoslovakia)
- Slovenia (as part of Yugoslavia)
Although I have been fortunate in recent years to travel more widely in Europe many of these countries were ‘ticked off’ in two family holidays as a child.
My dad drove for a living as a Food Technologist, so the thought of travelling across Europe with only the Ferry and first night’s accommodation booked was no problem to him. The first trip, in 1980, took us through Belgium, down through Germany following the Rhein, staying in towns (e.g Boppard) along the way – veering across Southern Germany and into Austria. We entered near Salzburg and tracked back towards Switzerland. The small town of Telfs in the Alps comes to memory as does Bregenz on the shores of Lake Constance. We then travelled on through Switzerland and back through France. The last night was memorable. Seeking to find a place in Luxembourg we did not realise that they did not accept French Francs and so ended up in Northern France in a run down town. The hotel was old and the owner somewhat intimidating – we asked for steak and were served horse (Dad was a Food Technologist and so knew the difference.
Our second trip in 1981 began as before but this time we travelled via Mannheim ( where we spent a surreal day watch the wedding of Charles and Di on TV in a Lounge accompanied by a German lady whose repeatedly commented “Schön Schön”). Leaving Manheim and on to to Southern Austria staying near Klagenfurt before crossing into what was then Yugoslavia. We turned up in one town Opatija in what is now Croatia, liked the hotel so much we stayed a week. We use the time to visit the caves at Postojna as well as spending a fabulous time on the beach. We travelled from there into Slovenia and up to Venice in Italy. Leaving Yugoslavia via Italy and Southern Germany where we stayed in the Black Forest before returning home.
These holidays were tremendous experiences in an age when petrol was a lot cheaper and company mileage included holidays! We couldn’t do it today unfortunately.
Other than this my only childhood experience of foreign parts were a German exchange and a day trip to France.
In more recent years I have travelled further afield travelling to
- West Africa visiting The Gambia (with a brief sojourn into Senegal)
- South East Asia visiting Vietnam and Cambodia (with an 8 hour stop over in Thailand and a journey across the city between airports – so it counts – just).
New Week, New Challenge…..
….. and a chance to display photos taken on the long journey from Banlung to Siem Reap last Summer – over 12 hours in a coach as we crossed nearly the whole of Cambodia
We had a fabulous Ice Cream ‘breakfast’ in this restaurant.
Notice the script, which is in Khmer the language of Cambodia. The Khmer language has an unusual Script which is very different to ours in the West but also different to other surrounding countries.
Blue Pumpkin Restaurants make their own ice hygienically, which meant we could safely eat it.
This is unlike many of the restaurants where ice is sawn off a larger block on the back of a lorry by hand before being dragged through the streets into the kitchen (Yuk!).
In the same town we came across this sign advertising smoothies.
I don’t fancy number 5! Do you?
T Minus 131
As part of an aim to blog earlier travels before leaving for Tanzania, the Cambodia Page is now live with content.
This remote crossing in the jungle between Pleiku (Vietnam) and Banlung (Cambodia) was traversed in August 2013 as part of a World Challenge Trip to those two countries. Strange to come across this place in the middle of nowhere. It can take several hours to cross if you’re unlucky. Fortunately it only took us an hour!