Photographer's Note

Yesterday I finally restarted scanning my old films. Quite a tiresome and frustrating task, I must say - it's so sad noticing how those great looking colours and sharpness don't find their way to the computer display... But I feel that I must do it, because if I don't, I'll rarely look at them; just scanning them is a way to look of photos that I haven't seen for years.

Thais seem very fond of these colourful kites; this wasn't the only place where they were selling them on the street.

We went to Ayutthaya on the day before we returned to Europe. The weather was too cloudy, almost threatening heavy rain, but we were lucky enough not having much rain. Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand from the 14th century to the 18th century, when it was destroyed by Burmese armies. Some European writings referred the city as the most magnificent of the World and although all that remains now are ruins, one still feels impressed by the quantity of Buddhist temples and palaces that cover what is now the Ayutthaya National Historic Park. Apparently the city was completely abandoned after its destruction and everybody fled to Bangkok, which was until then an unimportant town.

I guess we were lucky because there were celebrations of something that we didn't manage to know what (almost no one spoke English and I don't remember seeing more than half a dozen Europeans that day), so in certain spots (the whole place is huge) there were many locals enjoying the shows and displays. Maybe it was a local holiday or maybe it was part of the commemoration of the anniversary of the King (whom we happen to spot in his sumptuous yellow Rolls Royce in Bangkok on the day of our arrival, in the middle of thousands of very excited locals).

Note on the map location: it doesn't point to the exact point where I shot it, I just wanted to point the broader area.

Location (latitude, longitude): 14.357,100.561 (not highly accurate).

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