I’ve probably scanned about 600 slides and have 300-400 more to go. Since the rest of the boxes are actually marked (all from Japan), I’ve probably scanned the entire lot my mom took in Cambodia.
Before I embarked on this grand project, I imagined finding slides of noir Hong Kong streets, mod women in Kabul, and fab shots of the old Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap.
So I didn’t find any of those, but I’ve scanned and saved hundreds of other gems, mostly rural shots of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Still, I often think of the Grand Hotel d’Angkor (as I’ve posted before). This week Travel and Leisure magazine printed their top 500 hotels worldwide. This is the write-up from the Grand Hotel d’Angkor:
Carefully restored French colonial retreat features a lap pool inspired by Angkor’s royal baths. Book a room to enjoy a post-Angkor swim on a sticky afternoon in the gorgeous hotel pool. Room to book: Landmark rooms in the original wing have balconies looking out over the pool or garden. Insider tip: Order the colonial-era Elephant Bar’s signature Airavata cocktail made with rum and a mess of tropical fruit juices.
I’ll continue to look for photos (on eBay, Flickr, etc.) of the old Grand Hotel. But in the meantime, I haven’t tired of going through my mom’s slides from Angkor Wat. The photo above is one of my favorites.