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Monday, August 1, 2011

Ta Prohm

Or How Did I End Up On the Set of Tomb Raider?

Ta Prohm is a temple in the Angkor
complex near Siem Reap, Cambodia.

It was built in the 12th century and
was home to 12,500 people with
80,000 people in surrounding villages
to provide support to the temple.

After the fall of the Khmer Empire in
the 15th century, it was abandoned
for centuries.

When restoration of the temples began in
 the early 20th century it was decided to
leave Ta Prohm largely as it had been found.

I bought some statues from this
lovely young man.  He was all business.

In recent times Ta Prohm may best be
known as a location for the filming of
Laura Croft Tomb Raider.  Some have
even taken to calling the site the Angelina
Temple for the film's star Angelina Jolie.

As we came into an open area of the
temple we met some friends that we
met at Angkor Wat.  When you are
halfway around the world from home
it is so fun to bump into some familiar
faces, they are all so sweet.

And speaking of sweetness, this is a  face
that I will carry in my heart for the rest  of
my life.  This little girl was all alone in a
very lonely area of the temple trying to sell
the things she had in her little pink colander.
She had a few woven bracelets, some beaded
bracelets and a few bite size candy bars that
had completely melted in the heat.  I
bought a few of her beaded bracelets and
will think of her every time I wear them...

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