Saturday, April 10, 2010

The People You Meet....

It's been a week since we returned from our holidays in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos and most of our holiday stories are about the people we met...  Memories are about the people first, the experiecnes, second and the places after that?   My photo of  our holiday is this one taken in a small Vietnamese village, where a baby was totally fascinated with Jim's "white"  beard, and just wanted to touch it and play with it.  
The family , outside their village home.
A moment of craziness - a group of young Japanese tourists having a "fish massage" in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nara, recollecting his own incarceration, and the tragedy of family deaths during the Pol Pot regime, the Killing Fields, Phonm Penh, Cambodia
"Snow" explaining what was edible,  Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Our boat man , Mekong River, Vietnam  
Family welcoming us to Vientiane, Laos in a "baci" ceremony.
Buddhist monks at dawn alms giving in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Jim's interst in trees, timber and sawmills always makes him new holiday friends who are  here enjoying their lunch break at a sawmill near Kuang Si Falls, Laos.
I didn't  mind being beaten in a petanque game by the locals in Luang Prabang, Laos. It was a surprise to learn how popular petanque  (boules) is in Laos.
Dancers in the Palace, Luang Prabang Laos.

Vietnamese boy soprano, who sang for us while we drank ginger tea for morning tea.
In a tiny village along the Mekong River, this young woman was cross stitching these beautiful cloths. I couldn't buy one because I didn't have enough cash, and there were no credit card facilities, but I gave her some money to buy more threads if she allowed her work to be photographed.

As grandparents, we could not resist chatting with these little children and their family at One Pillar Pagoda . Hanoi, Vietnam
Even the young visit the home of the revered Ho Chi Minh.
Patting each of the stone turtles' heads means good luck in your exams in Hanoi.
I must also include some really great people we met from England, Scotland and Wales .... and Sydney  - at "Lara Croft's " temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 Coming soon in this space  - some of the more exotic food sensations of the trip- watch this  blog, please! There are only 940 of Jim's photos and 480 of mine but  don't fear, I have been carefully selecting some of the more interesting.


  1. Wilma
    Great photos but I have to confess the first pic I thought - Wow Rolf Harris was there?! Which was obviously Jim. True story - thought it would give you a laugh!

  2. Hi Megan
    Thanks for your comment - Jim is often mistaken for Rolf Harris, but he can't sing or paint very well nor can he operate a third leg! However, he generally enjoys being mistaken for a celebrity - it mostly happens in shopping centres, elevators and at our grandchildren's school events. None of our family can see the likeness, so it does give us all a good laugh.

  3. What exciting and rich experiences you have been having.That fabric embroidered with cross stitch...oooh aah!!
    ou could "get carried away" buying wonderful textiles.Great photos.

  4. Hi Wilma,

    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos -- I especially liked to see "Lara Croft's temple." :)

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog -- I always enjoy getting feedback. :)

    Currently, I have a little giveaway on my blog which is open until April 24:

    Greetings from Munich,


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