Now a few months have passed since my trip to Japan. I already put an album with pictures on my website, but I haven't really got around to write a story about my experience. There's so much to tell about this incredible country and I want to stay true to Japanese minimalism, by describing the country with few but hopefully well chosen words.
I was given the best birthday present ever.......... TIME to spend on my own.... in Paris.I had no obligations, I woke up whenever I wanted, I ate when I wanted and definitely no dinner preparations, those things I do as a housewife.I was free to wander around the museums and I spent several hours at the cinema, I saw some friends which was lovely and mostly I just spent time home at the most lovely place on earth..... At home the light is so amazing, just to sit by the immense verandah window, even work gets easy.
If I had a house on the Mekong River..... It would be this one. An archaeologist and a mathematician, about three years ago, put down their luggage in just this beautiful house straight on the Mekong. The town is Vientiane the capital of Laos. A small town in a small country, but rich in extraordinary nature, culture heritage and craftsmanship. It might be a hidden gem, one hour-flight from my bustling Bangkok.Silence overwhelms you when you come here, well if you don't count the neighbour's annoying dog barking sometimes or the communist party's "el Jefe" of the community, waking you up at 7.00 am telling the people to be happy and get up to go to work...... but silence, peace and mindfulness on the Mekong is bliss, absolutely bliss. I could have stayed so much longer than my 4 days, 2 weeks minimum to visit Vientiane and see all the small temples and back streets, find the craftsmen, see the beautiful arts of weaving and just sit by the Mekong and read and watch and listen to the sound of silence and occasionally a small long-tail going up or down. The air is lovely and smelling the rain on the leaves and hearing the wind whisper softly.My days were filled with coffees and lunches at cute small places, window shopping at designers/creators shop house like, Birds Follow Spring , the very famous American Carol Cassidy and her textile house Lao textiles Carol Cassidy , visiting friends of my friends seeing more beautiful houses along the Mekong, drinking tea on the verandah....
Perhaps I have finally found the perfect get-away for a long weekend away from noisy Bangkok? 3 hours drive from Bangkok to Rayong, then just hop on a boat which will take approximately 40-45 minutes to a desert island. There's only one resort and that's it!Nice white beach, lovely water and pretty bamboo huts all along the beach where you can be sheltered from the sun and heat, relax, read a book, or just contemplate the view and sip on a great juice, like my favourite: watermelon ......mmmm.