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Fairytale view in Hallstatt, Austria

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A couple of years ago we spent a few days in the mountains between Vienna and Salzburg, Austria in the village of Hallstatt.  We got the idea from Rick Steves as many Americans do.  Wow, did he steer us in the right direction.  This area of Austria is absolutely stunning with lots of activities to do.  I'll write a post about things to do in the area soon.

Some people in China like this village so much they made a replica of Hallstatt in China.  Pretty amazing.

The photo above is a view of the village as seen from the ferry that takes people from village to village.  Such a beautiful scene with the old style building and the mountains.  Hallstatt itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Until next time...

Wyman

Pompeii Street

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This is a common street in Pompeii, Italy.  in the background is Mt Vesuvius (volcano) which is the whole reason Pompeii is well known now.  Today, the area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It is really amazing to stroll through the old ruins.  Seeing the layout of the streets and buildings gives you a feel for the city that existed so long ago.  It also makes you wonder what the place you live now will be like hundreds of years ago.  The place gives you a great sense of just out temporary we are and life is.

The city of Pompeii was once filled with business men, families, and tourists much like any modern city today.  They people of Pompeii probably had the same sense of urgency and desire for growth and prosperity.  Then one day, Mt Vesuvius erupted and it was over very quickly.  Just like that, all the life was gone.

The moral of the story is to enjoy the time you have on this earth!

Until next time...

Wyman

Ta Prohm tree

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This is one of the spectacular trees growing into the temple ruins of Ta Prohm.  This temple is part of the larger Angkor Archaeological Park near the town of Siem Reap in Cambodia.  The most famous of the temple complexes there is, of course, Angkor Wat.  However, the other parts of the Angkor Park are just as amazing.  The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ta Prohm is basically an old monastery during the Khmer empire.  It was constructed by Jayavarman VII who was king of the Khmer 1181 until 1218 AD.   The temple was completed and dedicated in 1191.

Part of the Tomb Raider movies (with Angelia Jolie) were filmed here.  However, we did not see Lara Croft running around while we were there.  Oh well.  :-)

The fact that these structures have been around for so long is really mind-boggling to me!

By the way, I had just gotten my first DSLR camera and did not know how to use it.  That's why you see the sky is much brighter than it should be.  Live and learn.  :-)

Until next time...

Wyman