CAMBODIA - SIEM REAP - THE TEMPLES - xanthe berkeley
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If I’m honest, when we were organising our big hopeful adventure, the thought of the temples in Siem Reap before we arrived in Cambodia, didn’t really fill me with excitement… I thought ruins and a bunch of stones isn’t really my thing…

Oh how wrong was I.

The history and turmoil that these sacred places have been through is mind blowing.

There was an energy… a feeling as you walked through these temples… a calmness and serenity. You knew you were somewhere special.

The vegetation and trees have creep their way through the ruins in such a magnificent way… and the light falls on the myriad of textures.

It’s breathtaking.

What I can’t share is the heat – the sweat that gathers on you instantly… the kind of heat that makes you feel exhausted at the slightest movement.

What I can’t share are the noises – the crickets chorus and the birds squawking filling the air.

What I can’t share are the smells – the heat off the stones and the pungent waffs of incense at every turn.

What I CAN share are a few images… Thankfully due to our lovely friend, Jake knowing these temples so well, he took us on a sunrise bike ride and sunset pilgrimage to Angkor Wat to avoid the tourists… so we experienced these special places without tons of people around us.


I’m traveling through my archives this week for my Wanderlust week… back tomorrow with a new adventure.

Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.

1 Comment
  • kelly
    Posted at 11:44h, 27 March Reply

    wow. this has me excited….and a little scared about the heat and humidity….”the kind of heat that makes you feel exhausted at the slightest movement”. i can relate. heat makes me instantly tired. my camera will keep me moving. thanks for sharing your work. i adore it.

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