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life on the mekong, laos

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu

It’s easy to romanticize and to expect time to stand still in a country like Laos, where the first sound one hears are of the quiet barefoot monks receiving their alms for the day. A country that has only one mayor road and where indigenous minorities are in the majority. Nine years ago I visited Laos with my brother Mateo; it had just recently opened to tourism. Today, Luang Prabang is still a small and quaint little town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and one of the best preserved cities in South East Asia. It is a cultural and architectural jewel set in the mountains of northern Laos; an enchanting city set amid the mists of the Mekong River punctuated by the golden spires of its many Wats. The delicious aromas, the colors and sounds leave one in a dreamy haze long after one has visited this enchanted city…and country. Here are some photos that Sky and I took from our three weeks there! Happy 2011!!!!

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January 9, 2011 - 10:48 pm Juanita - I have to remind myself to breath when I view your slideshows. I sit spellbound, watching he magic unfold. Thanks so much for sharing your latest journey and these life affirming images.

January 10, 2011 - 2:38 am sky - wowee! that was fun!!!

January 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm Mukasha - Wow, Holly, such beautiful photos!!! And the "pedicure fish",jajajajaj, I've heard about that, it's kinda creepy though :):) Are those your legs??? So many amazing places out there!

January 10, 2011 - 12:17 pm holly - mukasha!!!!! miss preggy! well, i cried when i put my feet in, they sure ate and ate away and left them clean...but it feels so weird and it is creepy! not my legs, a ladies and she was as tranquil as could be. now they even have internet cafe's where you can check your mail and get your toes eaten away at the same time..mamamia!

January 11, 2011 - 6:02 am Kathleen - These are AMAZING! You both have allowed me to journey to a part of the world that I am not familiar with yet. Gracias!

January 13, 2011 - 9:45 pm holly - thank you juanita so much for your kind words. the place and people were breath taking, a reminder of the beauty of life.

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