We returned to Angkor and visited Bayon this morning. Bayon is known for its “impressive bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and even mundane scenes”. The stone etchings and sculpting speak for themselves – amazing to see!
It’s back to Phnom Penh today where I will spend at least 4 more days – not sure where to after that. Bhavia and Linda continue their Friendship With Cambodia craft-buying trip and meeting with SADP and NGO affiliates. On December 24 Bhavia leaves for three months in South India and Linda returns to the states where she will meet her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren in Napa, California for the Christmas holidays.
It’s been fun having Bhavia and Linda to hang out with for a few days. They know Cambodia so well. We will meet up again when everyone returns to Oregon in 2012.
I may visit Kep next, a coastal city and former beach resort southwest of Phnom Penh. “Founded during French colonial rule Kep was originally named Kep-sur-mer. Many of the French-style villas are overgrown and run-down, but Kep is slowly being redeveloped and tourism is re-emerging. The colonial influence is noticeable in the city’s Provençal-style architecture and French cuisine.” The gem of Kep is not well-known to tourists – Bhavia and Linda told me about it.