Addicted to Flickr

I have neglected the ole blog for a while as I have made the fatal error of upgrading to Flickr pro and am now utterly and totally addicted to uploading my entire back catalogue of travel photos. With my tendancy to be a trifle snap happy, it could take a while! Check out some ofContinue reading “Addicted to Flickr”

Banteay Srei – Citadel of the Women

Our final temple stop was at Bante Srei – The Citadel of the Women, a gorgeous smaller scale temple with the most ornate carving I have ever seen. It is all a lovely pink shade too being made of red sandstone. The temple was rediscovered  in 1914 and has the most intricate bas relief carvingsContinue reading “Banteay Srei – Citadel of the Women”

Onto happier times

Following on from the horrors of Cambodia’s recent past, we headed to the amazing temples of its ancient past as we moved onto Siem Reap, home to some of the Khmer’s most famous temples including the epic complex that includes Angkor Wat. Here’s a very blurry picture of me in front of the iconic silhoutte as dawnContinue reading “Onto happier times”

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." – The horror of man’s inhumanity to man

Cambodia is a beautiful country, with some of the most welcoming people with the widest smiles of any place I have visited before or since. But it is a country with a past so horrific, so recent, and so terrible that you wonder how people can ever move on. From 1975 to 1979 Cambodia wasContinue reading “"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." – The horror of man’s inhumanity to man”

Crossing into Cambodia, horror and awe

After the colourful delights of the floating market of Can Tho we headed out, by boat, for the crossing over into Cambodia. After a long stop at the riverside Visa control point we were on our way to Phnom Penh, it’s French built and Cambodia’s captial city and still retains influences including baguettes! Phnom PenhContinue reading “Crossing into Cambodia, horror and awe”

Thought for the day, couldn’t decide so plumped for three, all of which reflect my recent experiences!

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

Vietnam continued, Can Tho, floating markets and street scenes

Next stop was Chau Doc and Can Tho. Can Tho is located on the south bank of the Hậu River, the bigger branch of the Mekong River. It’s famous for its floating markets where boats and all manner of waterbourne vessels via for customers. Here’s some traders rowing their sampans and some adorable local kids helpingContinue reading “Vietnam continued, Can Tho, floating markets and street scenes”

Moany old tourist not traveller

Taking a brief break from my trundle down holiday memory lane, I remember my other half, during the recent Italy jaunt, telling me I was a bad traveler but I was a perfect tourist. Namely the most whingey, nit picky and utterly British person ever! Here’s a list of the things that I (allegedly) complained aboutContinue reading “Moany old tourist not traveller”

Heading further back in time. South Vietnam and Cambodia

Now I am firmly in the travel zone I thought, for my own pleasure, I would go back a few years to an amazing journey in 2008 through South Vietnam and Cambodia. As it was to be my first ever experience of Asia and I was travelling alone I decided to have the hassle taken out ofContinue reading “Heading further back in time. South Vietnam and Cambodia”