Breakfast-Option 2 and Option 1. My husband finally decides to have the kind of breakfast we sometimes have back home.
We have scheduled Ray to pick us up at 8:00 am. Today we will finally tour the ROYAL PALACE & SILVER PAGODA. Entrance cost is $6.50 pp which already includes the camera fee. This place is immense with several buildings which are off limits to visitors. The palace was built over 100 years ago to serve as residence of the King, a venue for court ceremony, and as a symbol of the Kingdom. We wander the beautifully manicured grounds and see-Easter/Victory Gate; Preah Tineang Chanchhaya/Moonlight Pavillion, venue for the Royal Dancers; Hor Samrith Vimean/Bronze Palace, displays royal regalia and costumes; Preah Timeang Tevea Vinichhay/Throne Hall, used for diplomatic meetings; Hor Samran Phirun, royal waiting area, gifts from heads of state; Preah Reach Damnak Chan, administrative offices; Phochani Pavillion, open hall for royal receptions and meetings; Napolean III Pavillion, cloaked, under renovation?; Statue HM King Norodom; Stupa of HRH Princess Kantha Bopha; Wat Preah Keo Morokat/Silver Pagoda, 5000+ silver floor tiles, Emerald Buddha, houses cultural and religious treasures, Buddha Maitreya-golden standing with 2000+ diamonds, Reamker galleries; Library, houses sacred Buddhist texts; Phnom Mondop, symbolizes Mount Kailassa; Belfry, signals opening and closing of the temple; Imagery of the Royal Coronation Procession of HM Norodom Sihamoni. I buy a small guide pamphlet from an old man leaning out a window of the Throne Hall for $1 as we were not allowed inside. No photos are allowed to be taken inside the Silver Pagoda. I thought maybe I could get a picture standing outside and using my telephoto lens but the center door was closed so no clear sightline to the Emerald Buddha!! I had to be content with buying some postcards. We spend 3+ hours here.
|Pavillion og Napolean III|
|Angkor Wat model|
|Stupa of HRH Princess Kanta Bopha|
|Silver Pagoda/Temple of the Emerald Buddha|
|12 Royal warriors holding fans. Royal body guards carrying Royal sedan chair|
|Royal procession of the coronation-Flags-national, religious, monarchy. Drum of victory. |
|Ministry of Justice-Supreme Court|
|Daughters of Cambodia, Sugar & Spice Cafe|
|Ham/cheese baguette with mango/papaya/cucumber salad|
|Lentil soup with chick peas and baguette bread slices with sauce|
Have to check out the ELEPHANT BAR at RAFFLES (another of my daughter's recommendations). It's very posh. Piano playing in the background. Comfy seating arrangements. I feel like I'm transported back in time. We order Femme Fatale, Manhattan. We not only get our drinks but a boat load of munchies-chips & salsa, peanuts, some kind of green spicy nuts. Cost $11.99. I drop some money into the jar by the piano hoping it will encourage others. I enjoy his piano playing. It was only a few dollars.
Dinner-TAQUERIA CORONA for Mexican. Steak tacos with black beans and Spanish rice, cheese quesadillas with sour cream and salsa. Cost $15. Back to the hotel, tuk tuk $10. It's been such a lovely day.
|City at night|
|The Elephant Bar is in the Raffles Hotel|
|Taqueria Corona-Mexican food|
|City at night|