The Temple of Angkor WatPosted: August 18, 2015
Before I went to Cambodia I had looked at many Google images of Angkor Wat — the largest of the temples in the Angkor complex, and according to trusty Wikipedia, possibly the largest religious monument in the world. But there are no images that prepare you for the beauty of the place. My gasp was audible. They say you have to witness it at sunrise but the weather was rainy and overcast every morning so I missed that experience. In many ways, though, I think the heavy sky added to the atmosphere of the place. I tried to paint on my first visit but the rain was unrelenting, even in a sheltered spot, so I made my way back there on my last day in Siem Reap, hoping to get in one last sketch from across the moat. It turned out to be a great spot to draw from (I found a few of my sketcher friends there as well) but our outing was cut short by the advances of a particularly agressive monkey nearby (possibly the same one who earlier in the day had grabbed and chugged a full bottle of India Ink from another sketcher in our group). We had to pack up our supplies really quickly to keep the monkey from getting them, but my sketch was done by that time.