Siem Reap 2nd – 6th Jan
Wow a world heritage site spread over an area the size of Newcastle. I am twitching with excitment. All that history oozing out of the pours of the rock. Not that much of it evident here in Siem Reap. The kids were arttracted to Pub Street a place I would like to avoid. We are off to find some kind of transport to get around the place. The children have found Cartoon Network on the TV; how can a thousand years of history compete with the stuff they turn out?
I have spent the last two days clambering over ruins, some in the jungle others more open and developed. The range of temples and palaces from the massive Ankor Wat to the overgrowen Ta Prohm it has been great.
The children have been less impressed, I think the heat got to them a bit, Louise was not allowed up some of the steaper climbs and, learning from India, I left Jacob alone. My frustration at not being able to engender the woop-de-doo factor in my children was partially mitigated by losing myself in the ruins.
A jumble of carved faces and steep stair. At time I felt I was in an Esher Drawing
A four faced Buddah protected the gate.
I knew how these guys felt, the heat was intense.
Our guide suggested a picnic.
Before the heat took hold.
I could not help but have a go on the coals.
pick your own for the bbq
So louise got to trot aroun Ankor Wat
A happy couple
Ankor Wat is still a temple
Every so often, even in the depths of a ruin you would find a well kept shrine.
Monk going to pray
From inside the grounds of Ankor Wat, looking towards the main building
Cambodia used to be Hindu, some statues are still venerated. Here is Vishnu.
Very cold beers seemed bring back a smile.
The sweat was sticking to me, a proper Jungle.
Many of the walls need bracing. There were several ‘danger’ signs about.
At one end of a monastic corridor
We should go this way
The cotton trees detroyed, then supported a lot of this temple
Off the main path you felt as if you had the place to yourself.
I loved the way that everything seemed to be hidden
The size of Ankor Wat make it the largest religious structure in the world.