The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

Nick and Barb at Reunifiction Palace

Chinese Tank at Reunification Palace

Nick and "Bomber" at Reunification Palace

"Credentials Presenting Room" at the Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace Indoor "Outdoor Gardens"

Spot where The Palace was bombed April 8, 1975

View of Ho Chi Minh City from "Four Directions" Room

"Spare Radio Room" - (1)

"Spare Radio Room" - (2)

Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral

Virgin Mary in front of Notre Dame Cathedral

Ho Chi Minh CIty Post Office

Inside Ho Chi Minh City Post Office

"Pho Co" Vietnamese Restaurant

"Pho Co" Restaurant Vietnamese Musicians

Happy 50th Birthday Nick!!!!

Not too bad for an "old fart"

"Mmmmmm Good"

Night time traffic - what a blur!

We left Hanoi this morning bound for Ho Chi Minh City.....our flight was to leave at 11:00 a.m. but when we arrived at the airport we were notified that the flight had been delayed until 2:30 p.m. Duc, our guide talked to the people at Vietnam Airlines and was able to get us on the 12:30 p.m. flight so that we could keep to our planned itinerary. An interesting thing on our flight...there was a camera fixed to the nose of the plane and we watched our progress as we taxi'd down the runway at takeoff and again as we hit the runway when we was quite unnerving to watch as the runway came closer and closer to you and then the plane touched down safe and sound...we arrived in Saigon, what a beautiful place...first stop was the Reunification Palace then the Notre Dame Cathedral and then the Post Office which looks more like a train station. Saigon has a lot of French influence from the 1800's and came to be known as "Little Paris" or the Pearl of the Orient. The Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government is preserved almost as it was on April 30, 1975 when a tank crashed thru the gates of the Palace, previously known as The Independence or Presidential Palace and the South Vietnamese leader, General Minh, surrendered power to a Viet Cong officer and the Republic of Vietnam ceased to exist.....Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City shortly thereafter by the North Vietnamese Hanoi government.

Nick and I decided to celebrate his 50th birthday a day early and we went to a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant called "Pho Co" which means Ancient Town, one of the oldest restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. We were entertained with traditional Vietnamese music, great food and wine....the ladies that were entertaining us played happy birthday and everyone joined in singing and wishing Nicholas a Happy Birthday!! Nicholas got a beautiful birthday cake and we shared the cake with the all of the people in the restaurant....I think he enjoyed his 50th birthday immensely.....

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