Myanmar: Part 1, Bagan

Bagan, Myanmar–Pagodas At Sunset2

Share this…emailFacebookPinterestTwitterNow that we’ve been home for 10 days, I’ve pretty much recovered from jet lag and it’s time to move on to the rest of our trip. Today let’s travel to Myanmar. It was the least familiar to us–and the biggest surprise. While we enjoyed every place we visited, Myanmar–and especially Inle Lake–was perhaps our favorite. (WonderingRead more

Siem Reap, Cambodia–Part 3

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Share this…emailFacebookPinterestTwitterNow to finish up Cambodia. It’s amazing what we can accomplish in a day! Three temple sites in one morning, and our relatively early start meant we were done as the heaviest crowds arrived. The afternoon options included more temples but we’d had enough so opted to go to the markets to see andRead more

Siem Riep, Cambodia–Part 2

Siem Riep, Cambodia, Bayan Temple Towers

Share this…emailFacebookPinterestTwitterUpon leaving Angkor Wat we saw the inevitable parade of motor scooters and tuk-tuks (motorized tricycle taxis). The tuk-tuks line up along the side of the road waiting for customers. Our next temple was Ta Prom, a Buddhist temple that has been covered by the jungle and restored beginning in 1975. As before weRead more

Siem Riep, Cambodia–Part 1

Share this…emailFacebookPinterestTwitterAfter a long flight we arrived in Siem Riep, until the 16th century the capital of Cambodia. This area is home to some of the most famous temples in Southeast Asia, with Angkor Wat being the best known. It is also the world’s largest religious site. The Angkor Archeological Park includes many other templesRead more

Port Douglas, Australia

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Share this…emailFacebookPinterestTwitterEn route to Australia, we learned more about this continent during an inflight lecture. Because of the continent’s isolation, it is home to an enormous number of unique plant and animal species. The indigenous peoples were also isolated, unlike what we have seen in Oceania; there was very little ocean immigration. Lee Berger commentedRead more