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January 12, 2004

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Our boat journey ended on the shores of Luang Prabang, a city that Unesco calls "the best preserved city in South-East Asia." Unesco has a French, a Japanese, and five Laos architects identifying over 700 historical buildings and classifying dates and materials. Five hundred year old monasteries, temples, colonial buildings, and a palace cluster around a hill amidst homesteads and gardens. The city juts into the confluence of the Mekong and its tributary, the Nam Khan. Rivers, trees, and hills enfold on all sides.
We dragged a table to a bare spot in a field of cassava. A waitress tracked us down and served dried seaweed squares and sesame seeds, a local delicacy.
Okay, the temple meter is pegged.
Bride and Groom looking regal.
Boat mates, King, George, and Nicole. We've had enough experience as Mekong River cargo.