Vietnam

Full Moon Festival, Hoi An, Vietnam

Full Moon Festival, Hoi An, Vietnam

Our first full day in Hoi An started on a sour note. During a lovely breakfast in a cafe… (Deeds with a huge mug of Earl Grey tea, and my lovely cappuccino, not iced, but hot, and a wee bit painful to hold) …I decided to see if the cafe had Wi-Fi, since our hotel […]

From Hue to Hoi An

From Hue to Hoi An

After I caught the hotel maid rummaging through my purse, I was more than ready to leave Hue, bound for Hoi An. Hoi An is a place that has been on my “must visit” list for more than 5 years. What I knew about it was that it is renowned for it’s skilled tailors. I […]

My Emotional State Update

My Emotional State Update

This week got off to a rough start. On Monday morning, some one attempted to rob me. On Monday night, someone burglarized my house, as I am away on vacation. Having been in Asia for 8 years, I’m no stranger to what I have heard another expat refer to as “bad Asia days”. Like the […]

Hue, Day 3/4

Hue, Day 3/4

On our third day in Hue, Vietnam, we went to see the Imperial City. The Imperial City was a walled fortress surrounded by a moat. The perimeter of the fortress is just over 1 mile (2.5 km, a mile being 2.2 km). The Emperors of Vietnam lived there beginning in the early 1800’s (construction began […]

Hue, Day 2

Hue, Day 2

On our first full day in Hue (Christmas Day!) we didn’t really know what to go see, so we signed on to a bus tour. We all dressed alike, unintentionally. Everyone in the fam wore a navy top and brown bottoms. The tour was from about 8 am until 3pm, but we ended up giving […]

Shopping in Hue, Vietnam

Shopping in Hue, Vietnam

Today was a low-key day in Hue. It was our 4th day and we weren’t up for seeing more historical sites, and the Demilitarized Zone tours sounded too long and stressful to attempt with children. We spent most of the morning in the Big C shopping center, a store kind of like a super Wal-Mart. […]

Hue, Day 1

Hue, Day 1

Hue, Vietnam, is well known for it’s fabulous old historical structures. We departed Hanoi at noon on Christmas Eve, bound for Hue! We got our plane tickets through LastMinuteTravel.com. Some people try to go the economic route and ride a bus to tour Vietnam, but a 12 hour bus ride is a 1 hour flight. […]

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

Christmas Eve was our last day in Hanoi. Our flight to Hue departed at noon so we had the morning to sight see. Since the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is only open early in the morning (the last group is at 10:15 a.m., and the grounds close at 11 am), we decided to visit. Admission […]

Hanoi, Day 2

Hanoi, Day 2

Day 2 in Hanoi kicked off with a congested Jojo coughing until he puked. He seemed to be raring to go, so we went on to have our complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The fam finished before me and left me to eat and eaves-drop on some backpackers giving each other hilarious travel advice. We […]

Hanoi, Day 1

Hanoi, Day 1

We flew into Hanoi on Monday night, though we originally planned to come on Saturday night. We had to change our flights because we forgot to arrange Visas in advance. Whoops. I thought it would be a big deal since we had booked our plane tickets through LastMinuteTravel.com, but it wasn’t a problem at all […]

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