Today is exactly one year since the big earthquake here in Nepal...We still experience aftershocks now and then, there are still not demolished buildings here and there, there are still thousands of people living in tents. The death toll from the quake has reached 9053 and 255 persons are still considered missing, 111 of them foreigners from 25 countries.
On Saturday we decided to visit Bhaktapur, one of the towns of the Kathmandu valley that was damaged the most. This ancient town has always been famous for its unique architecture, temples, stculptures and works of wood carving. It was nice to see that though wounded, the town is still alive and hasn't lost its charm and beauty.
Many temples and old houses were destroyed but many survived, as for example, the biggest attraction of Bhaktapur, the five-story Naytapola temple. The steps to the temple’s entrance are guarded by different characters. On the very first steps are sculptures of the famous medieval fighters Patta and Malla.
The oldest temple of the Kathmandu valley founded in 1427 surprisingly survived too. At the entrance of the temple there are two statues of the same medieval fighters Patta and Malla.
Sadly, not much was left of the Vatsala temple but the tall column topped with a sculpture of a sitting king as well at the ancient bell stayed undamaged. The bell is known by the name "the barking bell", in earlier times it summoned people for prayer and sounded alarm in case of any trouble.
Some buildings and temples were demaged partially and need serious restoration too.
One year behind and restoration works have not started yet. Some places still look like this
That's how the "houses" many people have to live in for now look like
Anyway, life is going on...People are busy with their everyday activities: working, shopping, eating, playing with their kids...
Now a few words about my outfit. I wanted to feel comfortable strolling along the streets of the ancient town so I chose jeans, a simple cotton top and flats. To make such a casual look more interesting I added a long indigo button down to wear over. White and indigo look great together, this is one of my favourite combinations for summer.
As accessories I wore a silver Ganesh necklace, blue roses earrings and multi-coloured stone bracelets.
Jeans - Oasis, top and button down - (Indian) Biba, flats - Citywalk, Ganesh pendant, bracelts, earrings - from Nepal
Stay safe and have a nice day!
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