Inside the Angkor Temple, Cambodia

Beautiful pictures of our next upcoming trip to Cambodia this fall. Temples and Tea Bike Tour Vietnam and Cambodia. Can’t wait.

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The Angkor Wat temples are stunning and fascinating from both the inside and the outside.DSC_0146

The architecture as viewed from the outside is beautiful, but we spent quite a bit of our time in the inside. With every twist and turn, you find something which have not quite met your eyes before.

I like the warmth, the color and the texture in the picture above as well as the effect of looking through a series of openings.

When looking up the ceiling, it was a totally different sight; with stones arranged to form the apex of the roof structure.CSC_0322A

Where sunlight comes through  openings. It was sort of mystical to look up through the blockwork opening towards the sky above .DSC_0247

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Sweatshop Tenement Tour

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I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Tenement Museum in Manhattan’s lower east side.  This is an absolute jewel of a museum!!  The mission of the Tenement Museum is to preserve and interpret the history of immigration through the “lens” of generations that have lived in this neighborhood, and particularly this tenement building.

 

For an hour we were completely immersed in the turn of the century lives and struggles of garment working immigrants.  We were in the spaces where they lived and worked and died.  We learned about the intersection of commerce, religious barriers and compromises and striving for the American dream.

 

The stewards of this museum have done a fabulous job of providing a vehicle to teach living social history. 7000 people lived in this tenement at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935.  The building was shuttered up in the 30’s because mandated renovations could not be afforded.  50 years later the building represented a time capsule because of it undisturbed contents.  The curators claimed it was like everyone just up and left.  Today, we learn the stories of the lives and struggles of some of these residents.

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In light of recent tragedies for garment workers in Bangladesh and India it is good to remember our own experiences with sweatshop workers.  Next time you are in Manhattan, take a trip down to the lower east side and visit the Tenement Museum.