In November 2011 Bec and I visited Nepal, it was one of the best experiences of my life. It is a unique place and I feel really sad to see much of Kathmandu reduced to rubble and that thousands have died there and across the region. We visited many of the places that we are now being shown in ruins. It is a very busy city, rich in culture with a real old world feel compared to what we know in England. There are many many Buddhist and Hindu shrines, temples and monuments which are often side by side and very much in use by the people. The buildings and culture seemed very important and well respected by everyone and the Durbar squares in Kathmandu old town, Patan and Bhaktapur are like a social hub with tourists and locals intermingling.
It looks like many of these old buildings are now unfortunately destroyed along with many people's homes, it must be terrifying to be there right now.
The loss is huge, thousands have died and although eventually the wreckage will be removed and gradually rebuilt nothing can replace hundreds of years of rich heritage and tradition.
Here's a few of my own photos of Bec and myself enjoying the amazing sights in and around Kathmandu only a couple of years ago. My great memories now make me feel sad.....
EDIT 27/04/15: see blog post Help Nepal to donate money to the right places.