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Month: January 2018

Ho Chi Minh aka Saigon

Ho Chi Minh aka Saigon

Off to Ho Chi Minh-met by our guide Jun after another quick in country flight and wasting no time we were wisked off to the Tan Dinh church aka the Pink Church-a Catholic Church in the center of Saigon. The church has no particular significence other than being pink and is open only for masses. Actually until about three years ago it was a boring color. The powers in charge decided to paint it pink-now it is on everyone’s must…

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Hue

Hue

The temples and pagodas of Hue are plentiful and very impressive and our guide Hui had lots of info about them all (just don’t ask us to remember it all!) The Imperial Citadel grounds are immense and beautiful in a simple serene way with a huge moat surrounding it. The tiles on the Vietnamese roofs Come in a variety of styles and are a beautiful architectural detail. These are called ying yang tiles because they nestle into one another and…

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Hoi An and Danang

Hoi An and Danang

Quick one hour flight to Danang-love these in country flights. Danang was the center for all US action during the war but you would never know it now- just a beautiful bay – but somehow you can envision thousands of troops coming and going. We came in the dark and drove directly to Hoi An. Hoi An is a small town of about 2,500. It has a really unique quaint flavor. Every month during the night of the full moon…

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HUMP DAY

HUMP DAY

Well we have finally hit it- our tour hump day. Half way through our ┬átouring days and it is a cold rainy day. We have zero desire to see another pagoda or temple or really anything other than our beds. We know tomorrow will dawn and we will be psyched to forge ahead into the beauty of the countries we are visiting but for today sheets and pillows are the only things to make us happy. But how did we…

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Mountain Days

Mountain Days

Sapa Day 1 We just got in from one of those days we will remember forever. We are in Sapa- a small town in Northern Vietnam hill country. This is the coldest part of Vietnam with temps often at 0 degrees celcius. To get here we took a sleeper train from Hanoi. We were picked up at 6:30 a.m. by our guide Lo May-a tidbit of a woman and mother of two with the most beautiful face. She is part…

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Together in Vietnam

Together in Vietnam

Carol arrived in Vietnam late Tuesday evening as planned, but, Kathy had to spend an unplanned night in Tokyo due to a mechanical issue in Dallas. Hanoi is a huge, chaotic, bustling city. Our hotel is located in the heart of the city bordered by Lake Hoan Kiem and the Old Quarter.i Our guide Minh took us on a wonderful walking food tour-Pho, fried spring rolls (unlike any we get in the States), freshly fried rice balls, BBQ and brewed…

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READY, SET…..WAIT….

READY, SET…..WAIT….

Our bags are packed, weighed and have been sitting by the door for three days now while we sort out the “bomb cyclone” that has taken a four day bite out of our Southeast Asia adventure and with it our hopes of time in Japan. Airplane rescheduling (the entire day on hold) reduced our time in Japan to essentially two and a half stressful days. The stopover in Japan had been planned to break up the long plane ride to…

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2018-HOPE IT’S GREAT!!

2018-HOPE IT’S GREAT!!

Another New Year’s Day always gets us reflecting about how we have spent previous ones. The best ever was the new millenium-2000. The media had us all going crazy-computers were going down- we were going to be unable to do anything-electricty grid disabled- an all around disaster. Most of our family headed down to Wellfleet, MA to be together for the potential end of our life as we know it (and this was the first place to catch sunrise on…

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