Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kanchanaburi- The Bridge on the River Kwai

I don't like to take packaged tours but I have been wanting to go up to this area from Bangkok for a long time. A tour seemed to be the easiest way to see some of the high points I had in mind. And the basic rate was only 500 baht in a comfortable van for the over two hour drive north of Bangkok. It even included lunch. Our first stop was the Allied War Cemetary. There are several around town but this one is right in the center and a popular tourist stop.
Visiting here is a very moving experience. Most of the graves in this particular cemetary are from British, Australian, New Zealand and Dutch soldiers.
Our next stop was a commercial "museum" just down from the famous bridge.

Some Japanese equipment used during the bridge construction.
This particular museum is a very commercial one with a mixed bag of historical pieces.

But it did have great views of the Bridge

At least the outside walls were beautifully decorated.

And there were some interesting murals.

And an old rusting Japanese train like the ones used on the Railway.

Most people walked across the bridge.

There are several floating restaurants in the immediate area. And strolling fruit sellers.

We drove north and ate lunch at a floating restaurant.

Where they did the dishes in a bucket with river water.
Speed boats go by carrying tourists to caves and waterfalls upriver.

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