A guest post from the birthday girl

Today’s my sister’s birthday and I’m in Istanbul while she’s at home celebrating in Vancouver. She’s been to 29 countries (if you include Vatican City) and she was kind enough to write this guest post about one of her favourite places.


A UNESCO World Heritage Site covering over 400 square kilmetres, Angkor Wat lies 5.5 km North of the Cambodian city Siem Reap. Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

History aside, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my travels.
Our first, and unfortunately only, day at the temples started with a 4:45 am wake up call allowing us enough time to bike there for sunrise. Well worth it.
After being heckled by coffee and breakfast hawkers, part and parcel with the adventure, we wandered the temples and were in complete awe.
The intricate artwork covered every inch of the temples, I was most amazed at the amount of time it must have taken to cover every inch of these temples.
I suppose the absence of internet and tv frees up some time for beautiful art.
Take a look at some other posts about Rissa’s travels (and the goodies she returned with) here and here and here. Want to write a guest post? (Oh good!) Send me a note at theanthology@live.com.
Thanks Rissa! Happy birthday!
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  • Reply la flore et la faune June 20, 2009 at 7:39 am

    happy birthday from paris, Rissa. i’m sure you’ve already been there. Your favorite places are amazing. I think you’d like this website :



  • Reply June 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    nice pictures – would love to go there. pretty awesome that those ruins have survived all the turmoil that country has seen…

  • Reply hauteworld June 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Such amazing pictures – thanks for sharing (and happy belated birthday)! I’ve never been to Cambodia and I definitely plan on visiting in my lifetime ;-) It never ceases to amaze me how much work and effort certain cultures put into creating artwork, buildings and scultpures!

    P.S. Kelsey, I see you already saw you got an award from me :) Hope you’re having a great time in Istanbul!

  • Reply Savry June 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Oh my! Beautiful pics! So jealous your sister has been there and to all of those countries! I have yet to travel, especially to Cambodia – my home land!

    Hopefully this year. Thanks for sharing the pics!

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