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Jul 17, 2017 - Van de regen in de zon

Het is maar goed dat we naar het zuiden rijden. In het noorden hadden wij alleen veel regen maar nu begrijpen we dat het daar één en al ellende is met tyfoons en overstromingen. En boottochtjes die niet door gaan. Bij ons schijnt de zon en het is bloedheet buiten de airco. Onderweg zaten we lekker in een frisse bus. We hebben een wifi gadget uit Nederland meegenomen waar je een lokale simkaart in kan stoppen en als hot-spot kan gebruiken. 20 Gig voor 8 euro in een telefoonshop met een wizzkid. Zo blijft de familie zelfs onderweg connected....

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Jul 16, 2017 - Simpe sampe sompe

Na een nachtje boemelen en draaien werd er vrolijk op de deur van onze treincoupé geklopt door een dame die koffie aanbood. Heel goed voor het humeur. We zijn in Hué aangekomen en direct aan het ontbijt gezet in ons hotel. Dat was spectaculair en bevestigde het verhaal van onze gids dat de mensen in Hué het lekkerste eten van Vietnam maken. Wat een feest. Iedereen kon zich even opknappen op de kamer en daarna weer snel de bus in. We gingen een boottocht maken over de Song Huong river, de Parfum Rivier. Vroeger groeiden hier kruidige...

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Feb 19, 2017 - Dragon around town

Dragon around town Feb 19, 2017 The last couple of days have been lazy ones, of a sort. The heat & humidity factor has now entered the equation. It’s a lovely morning here in Hoi An – birds chirping and sounds of bustle from the kitchen here at the Hoi An Ancient House Boutique & Resort, where we are staying for the next 4 nights. Bustle from the kitchen is always a good sign for me – it means that breakfast isn’t far away and breakfast in Vietnam means (for me, anyway) soup. In Hue, the speciality is Bun Bo Hue (a beef broth). In Hoi An,...

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Feb 18, 2017 - A Tale of 4 Chilies

A Tale of 4 Chilies Feb 18 2017 I am great today!  Debbie is, too. Well, great aunt & uncle, anyway.  Mazal Tov to our niece Becky, nephew Stephen and great nephew Henry on the arrival in Calgary of Henry's baby brother, Andrew Hunter Plucer.   It's possible that he arrived yesterday, our time. We're waiting for the official call on that before I put it into my perpetual calendar.  Today's journal photos include some of Andy. Or will it be Drew? Or perhaps just Dre?  How hip is that?). I am reading "The Quiet American", a classic novel...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Huế are here

Huế are here Feb 17, 2017 The population of Huế is about 350,000. Compared empirically to Hanoi’s population of 7.6Million, this would be less. You feel the openness of Huế immediately. That doesn’t mean there isn’t congestion and the inevitable armada of motorcycles hurtling at you from all points on the compass and some that the compass doesn’t even know exist. It just means that you can breathe a little easier knowing that at some point you will likely be able to cross the street. More than that, there’s the Sông Hương (Perfume River),...

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Feb 16, 2017 - On the way to Huế

On the way to Huế Feb 16, 2017 Ripped from today’s headlines in the government’s English language daily, The Viet Nam News (Motto: “All the news we want you to know about”) comes this important information: “Viet Nam & Cuba foster a strong parliamentary relationship”. Turns out the two ‘legislatures’ have agreed to reciprocal fact finding missions to see how wonderful each of their legislative systems work. A mutual Communist admiration club, I dare say. I can just see the report coming back from the visit to Havana by the Vietnamese...

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Jan 19, 2017 - Bartering at our best in Hue

Tuesday was a travel day for us, I woke pretty early and popped down to try and have a swim in the pool at the hotel but it really wasn’t warm enough so I wimped out! We started our drive up to Hue but were having a scheduled stopped in Danang on route. Danang isn’t really known for much but there was a very interesting museum there….more on that later. The drive over to Danang was we stopped on route at Marble Mountain. A beautiful place but really quite full of tourists. They had built a lift up one side of the mountain so mum headed in...

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Apr 4, 2016 - PS

Well, we're dropping like flies here. Just before we were to go down to the lobby to meet Don and Sandy, Hugh called to say he and Eileen weren't going to dinner. Hugh didn't eat any lunch today which is unusual for him and he felt sort of off peak all afternoon, and Eileen's tummy was uncomfortable and she didn't feel like eating. When I got down to the lobby, Sandy was sitting by herself because Don has come down with a chest infection suddenly. So off we two girls went looking for a restaurant close by. Sandy is a diligent trip...

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Apr 4, 2016 - It's a hot day in Hue!

Those of us on the optional tour today left the hotel at 8:00 to cruise in a dragon-styled boat up the river that flows through Hue. The river is called the Perfume River because of the trees the Emperor had planted to perfume the air around the Thien Mu Pagoda, an interesting seven-tiered building on the north shore of the river. We had a lovely experience touring a village on the island in the middle of the river where some 2000 inhabitants live. People in Vietnam villages don't close their doors and whenever anyone walks by they are more...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Moving on from Hoi An to Hue

It was an early start for the bus ride from Hoi An to Hue (pronounced Hoo aye). En route we stopped to see the neat dragon bridge in Dan Nang, and visited a marble factory where Hugh came close to buying a huge, white Smiling Buddha for $5000US including shipping! He couldn't figure out how he would get it in his backyard, so had to decline the pushy salesperson who was very anxious to make a deal! Luckily......! After checking in to our hotel in Hue, it was out and over for a walking tour of the ancient citadel from the time Hue was an...

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Feb 22, 2016 - Hue

We start our journey to Hue on the TN7 sleeper train. We get soft bunk beds together in a cabin. I begin to understand why this is such a popular way to travel through Vietnam. Being rocked to sleep by the movement of the train. Waking up to beautiful views as we wind through the countryside. As we explore the town, we find that tourism is woven in amongst the local life. Groups of men and women sit outside bars and play cards, whilst vendors try to sell you food and drink next door. Children play football on the grass, as tourists wander...

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Feb 16, 2016 - Imperial city of Hue, UNESCO World Heritage site

A short bus trip from Hoi An, Hue is another UNESCO World Heritage site. Seized by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Viet Cong killed 2500 people considered enemies until the US and South Vietnamese responded by extensive bombing, even using nepalm on the imperial palace. Ultimately 10,000 people died here, most of them civilians. Consequently, much of the site was damaged during the American war but plenty remains to explore (and it continues to be renovated). Across the river, a moat and stone fortification...

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