It took quite a while but a couple of weeks I finally finished uploading all the photos from our big trip this summer. They’re all on flickr, organised into five ‘collections’. You can find them at:
- Leaving Grand Rapids, Chicago and the Bay Area
- New Zealand
- South-East Asia
- China and Mongolia
The South-East Asia collection in particular is very large as it takes in the wonders of Angkor.
For those not familiar with Angkor, it’s well worth following the link above. The area commonly known as Angkor was the seat of the Khmer empire from the 9th to 15th centuries and contains a couple of dozen incredible temples and palaces built by the monarchs and dignitaries, each attempting to out do their predecessor. Most magnificent of them is Angkor Wat (my photos) and it really is a sight to behold, but they’re all beautiful and fascinating in their own ways.
What really struck me when reading about the temples was that many of them were the heart of huge cities. While London was home to 50,000 people, Angkor Thom (my photos) supported a city of 1 million people. There’s little evidence left of that, with only the religious and royal buildings remaining, but it’s a good reminder that our western awareness of the world’s history is often all too limited, and that many civilisations before us have risen and fallen.