The Wonders of Angkor Wat

Memories of the Past

In a previous life, perhaps I was living in Asia since the connection to this continent is so strong.

After the “shock of arrival” to Asia via Hong Kong in 2003, I started exploring one country at a time: China, Thailand, Macau, Japan, Nepal, India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Taiwan.

Each country brings memories of adventure, love, discovery…

In Cambodia is Angkor Wat – trully impressive, a masterpiece of the past.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. It took me two full days to visit the nearby temples by bicycle, plus one day with tuk-tuk to the beautiful Banteai Srei.

The temples replicate the spatial universe in miniature. The one I like the most, the Bayon, has 54 Gothic towers decorated with 216 enormous faces.

Parts of the old ruins are “hugged” by big tree roots that give the unique charm to the Angkor temples.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Angkor Wat temples through the power of images and inspirational travel quotes.

“Angkor Wat is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.” – António da Madalena, 1586

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” –  Benjamin Disraeli

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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” –  Confucius

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“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” –  Lao Tzu

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“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

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“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

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“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

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“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

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“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

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“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

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“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

Cameras used: Sigma DP1 and Sigma DP2. Post processing in Photoshop Lightroom.

 

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