Angkor Wat – Using old technology to protect the temple

Cambodia

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The ingenuity of the Khmer people doesn’t cease to amaze us a thousand years later.  Last year the World Monuments Fund (WMF) finished its renovation of the Churning of the Sea of Milk gallery in Angkor Wat.  The plan was to deal with some water damage with  some roof repair.  In the process, they discovered an old internal drainage system. The Khmer carved roofing stones in a way that let the water out.  The idea was so clever that the WMF restored the old system and decided to replicate that antique drainage system  to address the water problem affecting other galleries in Angkor Wat.

You can now admire the beautiful gallery fully restored.  If you are playing with Leap & Hop Cambodia you should be able to spot Vishnu, as a tortoise, the head of Vasuki, Hanuman, Vishnu with four arms and the three-headed elephant.  Enjoy!

2014 Pushkar Camel Fair is coming up

India / Rajasthan

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If you are planning a trip to Rajasthan  between October 30 and November 6 make sure to stop in Pushkar to check out the camel fair.  Since last July, thanks to a law passed by the government of Rajasthan, the camel is the state animal of Rajasthan.  In Pushkar, the children will love the camel races and the very special Marwari horses (check out their ears).  Can you distinguish the different types of camel? See if by the end of the fair you can tell the difference between the Bikaneri and the Jaisalmeri camels.

Mong Kok in the eyes of Camille

Hong Kong

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Today we met with Camille’s mom.  Camille is  a French little girl of 5 who happens to be a big fan of Leap & Hop.  She recently moved to Hong Kong after traveling around the world with her family for half a year.  Camille is using Leap & Hop Hong Kong to explore her new city, a neighbourhood at a time, a game at a time.  Mom helps a bit with the reading part but Camille is the real artist.

We just had to share Camille’s Mong Kok, we love it!  We will keep you posted with Camille’s progress 🙂

Testing the Waters in Kyoto

Japan

Leap_Hop_Blog_KyotoThere is no such thing as a family vacation without a kind of a Leap & Hop draft for Isabelle’s kids.  The mid-autumn break was no exception.  Off to Japan for the first time, the boys were equipped with a (very) rough draft, pencils, glue and great  expectations for the trip.  The focus of the book was Japanese culture (food, language, currency and religion) as well as a few sites in Kyoto.  The kids loved it and had quite a few comments.

Even though we wish we could be more specific about the publication of a Leap & Hop book for Japan (or a city in Japan) we can’t.   We are too busy with Leap & Hop Bali and Leap & Hop Paris right now.  However, since we already wrote parts of the book, we thought we could share a couple of activities for your next visit to Kyoto.  Stay tuned for our next post with something special to do in Kyoto.

I-Spy in Sri Lanka

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Painted maidens on the walls in Sigiriya? Check!

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Elephant carvings in the ruins of Polonnaruwa? Check!

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Moonstones in Kandy? Check!

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After exercising their observation skills with Leap & Hop in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Tamir, Ayala and their family were prepared for the real challenge: birding and looking for wildlife in the natural parks of Sri Lanka.   Can you identify these beautiful birds?

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