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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.

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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!

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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.  :-)

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Spend the night on Halong Bay if you can

Halong Bay, Vietnam was recently listed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.  Having been there, I know why.  The place is simply amazing.  Rocks just seem to shoot out of the water and they are covered with beautiful greenery.  But there is more.  The people and the fishing village.  The people are hard-working and the houses they live in are modest.

I would not recommend doing this as a day trip from Hanoi though you could.  You'd be much better off to make it a two day trip and spend the night out on the bay.

We spent a night aboard a tourist boat.  It was a great time and I highly recommend sleeping out on the bay.  All of our meals were served on board.  The cabins were equipped with in-suite bathrooms.  The boat also had a top deck with lounge chairs for just relaxing and taking in the views.  If you were adventurous you could jump off the top deck and go for a swim or kayak trip.

One thing we did not expect were caves.  There are large caves carved into some of the rocks there.  They are set up for people to see them, of course.  So, our tourist boat can docked there and a guide took us up some steps and into the cave.   There was a walking loop around the cave to keep traffic flowing.  The cave was beautifully lit with different colors which give it a surreal feeling.  The lights also made for good pictures.

Whatever time you have in Halong Bay will be well spent.  This is such an incredible place.  The views are fantastic and it feels good to just sit in a lounge chair and relax while floating around.

Check out more of my photos from the trip in the Halong Bay gallery.

Anyone else have tips or suggestions for a trip here?  I'd love to hear about it in the comment section!