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The wonders of Angkor Wat


In the midst of starting our own business little pockets of “me time” are slowly beginning to spring up. So far, the business bit is great fun and going well but if you’ve ever taken the leap then you’ll know how it goes. You plan a day off and then … oh well, onwards and upwards. My reader will know of my cycling passion. To give you a flavour of how things are going, instead of the usual several hundred miles training for a ride across Spain it is the 8th June and I have been on my bike just 5 times. Pathetic. Call myself a cyclist ?

And, there is still so much to recall about last years amazing Cambodia trip, so many photos to edit to create the ultimate album, not to mention the film I want to pull together. No pressure.

Everyone’s aim, I suspect, when visiting Cambodia, is to head for the temples of Angkor Wat. The site of the ancient capital of the kingdom and a place like no other on Earth, except perhaps the Mayan temples but I can’t say I’ve been there.

Such places can be difficult to photograph. Everything is so grand in scale and the great professional shots that we see are just that. Professional, often taken atop scaffolding or even drones these days. I’d left all my scaffolding at home and, as I tend to do on these occasions – focused on the details. The dawn raid, along with a thousand other people, is still a pleasant experience. Make sure you stick to your patch of wall as the sun comes up. 

As you can see from previous posts I loved seeing Cambodia and meeting its people. And like all tourists, sometimes I wished it was just me, so that I could appreciate the quiet majesty of these places. This, of course, is not to be, and tourism, being a huge boost to the economy of countries like this, will be beneficial and ultimately managed. In the end, you must use your imagination for some things, but I’m glad we have the chance to see such places.

The images below give you a flavour. Some visitors can be seen performing a little known dance called The Khmer Shuffle. Anyway, I hope my little bit helps you enjoy, even from a distance, a magical place.

Fun bit: Wagar Knot is an anagram of Angkor Wat. Wagar is a place in Sudan, which, obviously, gets no snow. But, since 2011 the average windspeed and levels of rainfall have been declining. Think on.

4 thoughts on “The wonders of Angkor Wat”

  1. How the normality of life dusts over good people we met and place we travelled to.
    Thank you for dusting me/us off, instantly times together and places come flooding back.
    Did I mention you are clearly pretty handy with a camera.
    When time permits, ‘More please Sir!’ , or did I already say that earlier😉

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