A few days ago, John and I returned from three weeks in Cambodia and Myanmar. The adventure has inspired and recharged me and in the evenings, after a busy day of designing and wearing the “Marty Magic Hat”, I edit photos and write my travel blog. Here are just a few of my favorite photos to share with you.
The Shwedagon gilded Pagoda was built 2500 years ago and has been renovated over many centuries. It is jaw dropping. The terrace alone spans 14 acres. We were there on a Sunday and I was as touched and inspired by the families and school children as much as by the temples venerable history.
We arrived in Bagan, Myanmar on the once a year full moon celebration. We climbed ancient temple stairs at dawn and later attended the annual celebration at the temple where the monks are honored with baskets of food and money. Pictured below are novice monks, (children) during the event.
There are over one thousand, 12th century pagoda temples in Bagan, Myanmar. This heritage site was a visual delight and my legs are tired from climbing temple steps. Many of the temples looked similar but each was an adventure and had its own story to tell.
The temple sites surrounding Siem Reap, Cambodia are where Indiana Jones was filmed. Below are photos of the “Temple of Doom!” John and I visited this temple site twice; once during the day and again at the break of dawn when there were no other tourists present. Although we were sleep deprived, it was worth crawling out of bed to be alone with Harrison Ford and Angelina Jolie.
John and I had the privilege to visit many workshops at Inle Lake, Myanmar. It was a Sunday at this silk weaving workshop and the mother had both her children in tow.
The photo on the left below is taken at Phnom Da, Cambodia, where the village children followed John adoringly. Wherever we went, the children gravitated to him.
The photo on the right is of me, taking photos of very large fried spiders. Although we spent nearly an hour at the Skuon Insect market, I did not indulge in any of the insect delicacies.
It was a great joy to travel with my gregarious and inquisitive son, who seems to connect easily with many of the children on this planet.