The itinerary for today, thankfully only included two temples and a bit of driving to get to them.
On our way to get to the first, Banteay Srei, we stopped at a little village where the local people were making palm sugar. It was very interesting to see how similar the process was to the way we make maple sugar in Canada. The molds for the sugar, however were made from palm leaves not little maple leaf shaped tins.
The resulting discs look a lot like dried scallops (strangely) and the texture is identical to that of our maple sugar. The taste was not of plain sugar but a bit different. It was quite good!
Banteay Srei was our first stop. The temple is a lovely, one level (Thank God – no stairs) temple. The core foundation stones were made from lava rock as were most other temples but the sandstone in this one was all ORANGE/RED, resulting in a lovely coloured temple.
The carvings were very ornate and the depictions of Vishnu going into battle as well as various other Hindi tales were emblazoned on the various piedements.
One particular door frame held an extra surprise for us
That’s right! A leopard gecko with a head about the size of a lemon was hiding in a crack between the wall and the door frame. It was an amazing addition of natural beauty to this man-made marvel.
Even Muk Muk and Boxer Duck enjoyed the beauty of this unique temple
Our next stop was Banteay Samre. This seems to be the poor step-child of the “Angkor Wat Temples” It was nearly deserted when we arrived. That meant we were able to spend a little more time enjoying the amazing things that the temple had to offer.
The two temples were just enough for our last full day of temple watching. We were beginning to get a bit “Templed Out” We headed home after lunch at a countryside restaurant, enjoying views like this on the way home:
A lovely way to end the day’s outing.
We came back to our hotel to find the usual, lovely water flower arrangement, reminding you of the more delicate things than rocks and stones.
To enjoy the whole set of pictures from today, please visit the flickr set at:
Our entire Cambodian trip is in the collection at:
Take your time, enjoy the pictures and get lost in a world that time left behind.