|There is every kind of street food imaginable!|
|Pub Street is the heart of the restaurant district.|
Every establishment is "open air" so we could take in the sights, sounds and smells of the restaurant district. There were many choices for street food. I am a little shy about it as I don't know what it may do to our systems so we tend to stick with restaurants - although Dennis is often game to try things!
|You can even have a "fish pedicure!"|
|So many choices for the palate!|
As for food choices, there are so many. In most places you select something on display and they heat it up and bring it to the table. In others, you cook your own in a pot of broth. Of course, there are many places where you order from a menu. We have found the Cambodian cuisine to be very good. Some times I amaze myself at what I have tried and how well I like it. I am not a picky eater, but I am selective!
|A typical street: motorcycles, few cars or trucks.|
Arts and Crafts Workshop. These workshop centers were developed to help young rural people find work near their home villages. By providing professional skills to provide educational opportunities, they are able to maintain their traditional Khmer arts and crafts.
|Students creating Cambodian art.|
Only a two minute walk from the Old Market and Pub Street, you are welcomed to enter the world of traditional Khmer handicraft. Upon arrival at this charming place, a friendly Cambodian guide invites you to follow him for a free guided tour of the workshops in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or Khmer.
|I was pleased to see they wore masks and safety glasses|
when working. The students are learning how to take
care of themselves while producing their artwork.
And, of course, the tour ends with the main showroom for a look at the diversity of pieces made by hand by the artisans. The works were exquisite and not at all like handicrafts found in island markets. These products are high end and sell for high prices.
|The coconut shell bowls are hand painted and lacquered.|
These are not the cheap ones you find in Pier One or Dollar Stores.
|Golden Buddhas are treasured|
|The first step in carving a stone statue.|
One other local visit was to a school. We have had the good fortune to visit a number of schools in both Vietnam and Cambodia. It is delightful to talk with the children and listen to their English. They are working very hard to improve their English language skills. They often performed songs for us. Again, the schools are consciously working to teach traditional arts, crafts, music and dance to retain their cultural heritage as well as English.
The last school we visited also had some vocational training programs. One class was sewing and the students made a number of items for sale. We purchased two of their cotton waffle-weave bathrobes. They will be perfect summer robes once we are back on land. And they were willing to make them to order, adding length and pockets! The robes were delivered to our hotel within 48 hours.
|The children everywhere love to sing for us.|
|The children do gardening on the wall using plastic bottles!|