H.C.M.C. 19th Jan – 23rd Jan.

Here we are in old Saigon. The Fan in our room is spinning (when there is power) and wait …. is that The Doors I hear in the background. I wonder if I’ll meet Kurtz in the backwaters of the Mekong.

We are all enjoying the city at the moment. Food is good; nice french bread, mostly recognizable (yep, that is a whole frog on a stick for the bbq) and available everywhere. I got the children to go to a modern palace. The old – pre ’75, presidential palace. It was very groovy as it was made, or at least fitted out in the ’60s so has very hip orange leather decor in the bar. To be honest I loved it too, the architecture is how Sunderland civic centre should look if it wasn’t in mackem land.

Our guest house is down an alley that I can reach across. The alley is full of food stalls making it fun to walk down. I can’t resist the odd purchase or two. Today I had a set prawn custard, it was yummy. There are little boutique stalls that Angela seems unable to resist. There is even a book shop or too that Jacob can’t resist.

Louise thought she would have one of these bikes. Her key ring was a gift from Mr. Long.

Louise thought she would have one of these bikes. Her key ring was a gift from Mr. Long.

I have no idea what made Louise exclaim in such a dramatic fashion.

I have no idea what made Louise exclaim in such a dramatic fashion.

When we showed Jacob's passport he got a free meal

When we showed Jacob’s passport he got a free meal

Some of the alleys that we walked through were very narrow

Some of the alleys that we walked through were very narrow

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9 thoughts on “H.C.M.C. 19th Jan – 23rd Jan.

  1. cranfield News

    I’m with you enjoying the boutique stalls Angela !!

    Love Mumxx

  2. Chris and Jill Vyle

    Me too! Although we would probably been with the food and book stalls! -like father like ….. Enjoy your city stay and the heat before travelling north. slushy snow here. Yuk

  3. Nguyen Hoang Long

    it would be cold in the north of Vietnam, maybe around 10, you should wear warm clothes. Be careful with your properties when you get there and always ask the price before buying or eating something. enjoy your trip!

  4. Nguyen Hoang Long

    Oh I see Lousie keep the mouse on her bag, nice pictures. today is 24 Jan, you all must be in Hanoi, please show us some pics about that place. have nice day!

    • We are going slowly up the coast. We are still in Nha Trang but get the over night train to Dalong. Nha Trang is a like an exotic French Rivera town – may be St.Tropez. There are topiary trees down a lovely promanade, with the South China Sea on one side and a whole bunch of posh hotels on the other.

      • Nguyen Hoang Long

        the beaches in Nha Trang are so nice especially Doc Lech beach. I saw the status and you are now in Hoi An, right? That’s a good place for you if you want to know about history, it’s has Vietnamese culture, Chinese culture anh Japanese’s also. Take some pictures with Japanese bridge, Phuoc Kien assembly hall and Tan Ky old house….Tomorrow is Saturday, you’ll see so many beautiful lanterns, two sides of the streets, some local people will sing folk songs, it called ” Bài chòi”(a kind of folk song in the central of Vietnam)….a big hello to Angela, Louise and Jacob!

  5. Nguyen Hoang Long

    sorry Louise for my spelling ^^!

  6. cranfield News

    Louise you look lovely in that very pretty dress and your hair looks beautiful too xx
    Jacob you look like the cat that got the cream Well you did if you got a free meal !!!
    Love you both
    Nana xxx

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