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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Incredible ICELAND ...

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

Jawaharlal Nehru
Legend has it Iceland was named by some sneaky Vikings who, in a quest to keep it all to themselves, tried to hide the fact that their new settlement was actually a lush, green wonderland worthy of envy from the entire Nordic world. Indeed, Iceland is so striking beautiful and quirky, and romantic, and adventurous, that we can’t say we blame them. After my second trip to Iceland earlier this year I have to say – it’s a gorgeous land.
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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. 
Anatole France

Beautiful Phnom Penh

I have visited Cambodia three times already – every time was different and every next trip even more interesting than the previous one. This time I decided to hit Pnom Penh and its surroundings. It was really a wonderful idea. This place is worth visiting.

Situated on the banks of the Tonlé Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers, the Phnom Penh was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. The city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. Phnom Penh offers a unique chance to discover real Cambodian life, with its hectic markets, crazy tuk tuks and gorgeous French colonial architecture – as well as its museums and palaces. This is a town for locals, and people-watchers will be in heaven.

It's a nice idea for photographers to visit villages that surround Pnom Penh. There you can observe the typical cambodian daily life.

We had the opportunity to spend  several days on Mekong river.  The weather was just perfect for this nice and relaxing trip. Every time we wanted we would make a stop and visit villagers, who were occupied with their daily routines.

We could  taste a glimpse of the local lifestyle being a fisherman. What a great and unique experience. Our guide was very patient teaching us how to throw the net.  Had lots of fun trying to catch fish and ended off with a dinner specially prepared by our guide and by us on the bank of Mekong river. The dishes were so awesome with the sunset in the background. We had a great time fishing and the timing was perfect to eat dinner watching the sunset which was magical.  One of the best experience we had in Cambodia.

 Afternoons and evenings were the best as we could walk a bit along the bank of Mekong river before setting up for chilling out in hamac on our boat. Anchored in a slightly remote place we slept very well with  no mosquitos as we would use special mosquito-net prepared for this occasion. Before falling asleep we observed the sunset - the sun was moving slowly and we were amazed  - how peaceful and meditative the Mekong River is. 

“One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
― Henry Miller

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mekong Delta Floating Markets

For travelers already familiar with the alluring exoticism of Southeast Asia, a cruise on the Mekong River offers a fresh perspective and deeper insights into the diverse history, esoteric cultures and remote nature of this flourishing region. The Delta is  famous for its floating markets, which are typical of the Phung Hiep and the Cai Be. On arriving in the Delta, you can start the motorized boat to visit f.e. the Cai Be floating market, experience how people are exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Farmers from the region bring their goods, fruits and vegetables to the markets and sell them to local dealers. These dealers sell the products to shops in the neighbouring towns and to wholesale dealers from the big towns. All big boats have a pole. Each wholesaler hangs the goods he buys/sells on this pole. In this way people on small boats know where they have to go from a distance. On the floating markets you do not only find people buying and selling goods, you also find floating restaurants, floating bars, floating gas stations, and many other floating shops. Canals are here the easiest and fastest way of transportation.

Mesmerising Ho Chi Minh City

Named after Communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, the city formerly known as Saigon has emerged from its darkest days to become one of Asia's most exciting cities. It boasts vibrant street life, handsome buildings, and warm weather all year round. It’s the mesmerising gateway to Vietnam where traditional and modern influences live side by side. High-rises loom over shabby French colonial villas; conical-hatted street vendors plod past karaoke bars and glitzy shops. Like the bamboo, shoulder-pole baskets you’ll see on the streets, Ho Chi Minh City is a balancing act of two parts: classical incense-filled pagodas are off-set by shopping malls and skyscrapers that wouldn't look out of place in the West. Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Oriental style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in very special sense. 

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