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Snapshots of Cambodia

Temples of Cambodia

Today, millions of people from every corner of the world throng Cambodia. Many come to visit the famous Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts some of the oldest temples in the world.

Visitors marvel at the stunning architecture, the intricate stone carvings and the sheer magnificence of these houses of worship that have withstood the ravages of time to stand proud over centuries.

King Suryavarman Cambodia

King Suryavarman II – in a bas relief on Angkor Wat wall

 

King Suryavarman II ruled Khmer (Cambodia) for nearly forty years during the early 12th century. What he built has lasted over eight hundred years!

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Scenic Salzburg in Pictures

Mirabelle Flowers

View From Hohensalzburg Castle

View From Hohensalzburg Castle

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Why Do We Travel?

Palace of Versailles, Paris, France

When you look at travel photos posted by friends on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest, everything looks so beautiful, joyous and fun.

Reality doesn’t quite work that way.  In fact, travel travails often have you wondering why you even bother to leave home!

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Where’s Your Sistine Chapel?

Vatican Museum

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.” – Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787

The highlight of our tour of the Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museum) in Rome, Italy, was a visit to the fabled Sistine Chapel, the sacred sanctum sanctorum where a Papal conclave meets to elect a new head of the Roman Catholic church.

Sistine Chapel ceiling

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Santa Maria Maggiore – In Pictures

Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the oldest churches in Rome built in 440 AD by Pope Sixtus III.  

It was one of four great pilgrimage churches in Rome, and is a mind-boggling awe-inspiring monument.

Inside, mosaics from the 5th century narrate 36 scenes from the Old Testament, and the wood ceiling is gilded with the first gold brought from the New World.

Santa Maria Maggiore mosaics

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