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Monday, 4 May 2009

Weekend Snapshot: Mansion and Temple Ruins (II)

Lopburi is very old; has been around for many hundreds of years. Traces of its past mingle with new buildings right in the middle of town. When we alighted from the train on our arrival, the first thing that met my eye from a very short distance is something that told me we were in for a weekend of historical charm.

And I wasn't disappointed. This is our breakfast view:

Friendly locals who noticed us circling the ruins and snapping through barbed wires told us to walk a few meters ahead and turn right to get a good shot. The place was open but we didn't venture in. It was mainly King Narai's palace we wanted to see, but couldn't as it was closed for the Songkran holidays. Our hotel stands opposite the palace, but all our curious selves could do was imagine what wonders lie behind the huge, ancient gate. Ah well, next time then.

Coming back from the AIDS Temple, we hurriedly proceeded to the ruins of the french ambassador's mansion. We bask in the charm and character of the place. I am transported back in time where there's a stately ball going on. Ladies resplendent in beautiful gowns move like swans with their dashing consorts. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy swells. The mansion is aglow. I step into a fairytale and the midday heat catapults me back to reality, but not without blowing me more enchanting tours to look forward to :-)

Have a charming week, everyone!

11 comments:

Dora said...

I have not been to this place before. Thanks for sharing with us the pics.

Happy WS and have a nice week. ;)

Shey said...

This is a fascinating place to visit. Full of mystery and history.

Happy weekend! :)

Ebie said...

Its an interesting place I would like to explore. The ruins are just magnificent. Happy a god week.

Indrani said...

I too am crazy of ruins and forts. The temple looks grand even in this state.

Karen said...

Beautiful ruins that tells history.

Jenn said...

Seeing any kind of ruins always gives me that feeling of gratitude that at least I was able to see even just parts of it.

My Weekend Snapshots are posted here and here. Hope you can check it out, too. May you have a great new week ahead of you.

SASSY MOM said...

Gorgeous ruins! Im sure you had a lovely weekend.

Have a great week ahead.

Carver said...

Wonderful photographs and such an interesting post.

khitara said...

I guess it's a very historical place... Interesting indeed!

Genejosh said...

nice pics sis..abtik man diay ka mo-capture ug mga strategic angles of the photo...thanks for sharing..

anyway, thanks for the visit..Yeah, you're one of my top commenters. Sis, hope dili ka pul-an sa ako mga tags sa imo..It's just that I'm always curious of your answers..he..he..marami kasi me nalearn..Here's another tag for you:No. 8 Tag

stan said...

where's this place?