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Feb 4, 2018 - Hai Van pass

We were told by our escort not to leave the hotel for our circular warm-up trip before 10.00am. We were to follow the Hai Van Pass, Jeremy Clarkson's favourite road. The police changed our rouite, wishing us to avoid the centre of Danang. We were able to see the high rise buildings of Danang, the new and not-quite-finished resorts that now line the coast, the marble factories and the marble mountains as we drove towards the pass. The pass was a very pleasant drive but I think that the Clarkson opinion was a little over the top. At the...

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Feb 3, 2018 - Hoi An - Shopping &. Preparation

We have spent a day emptying all bags and the car and re-packing. Work in progress. More people and cars have arrived. I have had a dress made and Robin has a new jacket and some shirts. We each have a polo shirt with a rally logo sewn on by a lady in the market ($1.00). My Ralph Lauren Polo cost $12. Yesterday’s lunch was so good that we went back to the same place today. This evening we have a briefing and a buffet dinner in the hotel.

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Jan 26, 2018 - Our car has arrived.

We have received a photo from the shipping agent in Danang to show that our car has arrived safely. We last saw her when I dropped her off in Essex at the end of November. Fortunately the odometer on the car does not count up the miles that she has travelled at sea over the years. We will be fetching her on 1st February. Not long now.

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Jul 19, 2017 - Kleren passen

Vandaag staat alles in het teken van de juiste fit van het pak van Marcel en de jurk van Bien. We hebben fietsen van het hotel en met enig zoeken weet Marcel de weg te vinden naar de juiste winkel. Als we aankomen leggen de dames net de laatste hand aan het pak van Marcel en we moesten nog even koffie drinken voordat hij kon gaan passen. Teruggekomen moest er nog wel wat gebeuren aan de juiste fit maar niet zo heel veel. Het is wel knap hoe dat hier gaat. En dat voor een prijs die je eigenlijk niet durft te noemen. Rustig dagje verder....

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Jul 18, 2017 - Vrije tijd in Hoi An

We blijven drie dagen in Hoi An en kunnen onze eigen tijd indelen. Dat wordt niet om 6 uur op deze keer. Rustig ontbijten en de binnenstad verder verkennen. Hoi An staat bekend om het maken van kleding op maat. Onze Vietnamese zei dat hij een goede vriend had die perfecte kwaliteit leverde en 30% goedkoper was dan de andere winkels. Dat was dan blijkbaar zonder zijn commissie want onze beste onderhandelaars Bien en Marcel waren al snel klaar met deze winkel en vonden zelf hun weg. En ze hebben na lange onderhandelingen zowaar ook echt zaken...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Silk & Silver - a costly day in Vietnam

Silk & Silver – a costly day in Vietnam Feb 23 2017 Hoi An, Vietnam I’ve been compiling a list of interesting spellings on signs, menus and advertising. I’ll just let them out in dribs and drabs along the way. I like to call this item: “I’ll bet a native English speaker would have done the editing for you for free if you’d asked”. Here goes: • Come visit our Traditional Artisan Craftship • We make delicious amellettes • Hong Kong’s Best Souvernir Shop • Latest fashions from Givenche • We are famous for our pancakes and marple syrup •...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Off to Ha Noi

1 hour flight Vietjet Airbus 320 to Han Noi Taxi picked us up with 'Timothy Hundy'plaque. Mad half hour mad drive to Ha Noi.... much more cold but lovely place and nice hotel 'Maison de Hanoi' Tim bought me a purple 'North Face' down jacket which probably isn't down but much warmer than the one I had. Very pleased. Gave nmy old one (waffer thin) to a fruit lady as decided if she sold any bananas she'd make peanuts! Delighted to see her wearing it half an hour later. Pot noodle for tea in our Boutique Hotel.

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Feb 22, 2017 - Last day in Hoi An

Up early to explore without the heat. Took a free bike each from our hotel for an hour (rowing) . School children in school opposite the back of our hotel were exercising to some music on a loud speaker. Walked around 3 - 4 top sights in Hoi An according to Lonely Planet. Bought 8 graters to make green mango salad etc. 100,000d for the 8 about 44p each. Reading & planning in PM. Decided not to go to Krabi as £110 each on the plane.(after hours of looking). Went to our usual bar / restaurant where the beers are 20,000 for 2 large bottles...

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Feb 22, 2017 - Beach Day

Beach Day Feb 22, 2017 The motorcycle is the mode of transport of choice in Vietnam. For every car on the streets, there are easily 100 motorcycles. I'm not sure when the market driven Doi Moi policy allowed the annual average salary to rise sufficiently so that they became affordable enough to supplant pedal powered bicycles but everyone and everything is on a motorcycle here, aside from the two of us. There must be a law that requires double or triple mufflers on them as they make virtually no noise. Other than the little 'meep meep'...

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Feb 21, 2017 - What Brooks Brothers doesn't know won't hurt them....

What Brooks Brothers doesn't know won't hurt them ... Feb 21, 2017 I paid too much to the roaming street peddler lady for the little plastic bag of shredded sugar-coated dried coconut strips.  I knew it the moment I forked over 50,000 Dong for those little shreds of happiness from the look in the eyes of our server at the Green Pineapple restaurant where we ate Green Papaya salad for lunch (as opposed to the Green Chili restaurant where we ate dinner).  The look from our server was a combination of "You dumb tourists will pay anything" and...

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Feb 21, 2017 - Hoi An

Had pain in my eye during the night, maybe because of lying on it. Quite uncomfortable with sharp pains most of day. Yummy brek then went for walkabout Bought Fender a bigger hat. (Toffee can have the smaller one)! 20,000d 71p Some hand-made bracelets for gifts 130,000d for 2 £4.59 Very hot so had ice cream for lunch. Planning in afternoon, nearly finished doing it boohoo! Out for meal evening then back to our lovely room messaging Andy & Sal.

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Feb 20, 2017 - For an extra $10

For an extra $10 Feb 20 2017 It was very hard to tear ourselves away from our coddled lodgings at the Pilgrimage Village Boutique Hotel & Resort & Spa & all around gorgeousness in Hue but it’s time to move on and so, like all Pilgrims, we dutifully packed up our meagre belongings (what is happening in my suitcase – why is it getting heavier when I’m not looking?) and had the bellboy schlep them to the lobby (it must have been heavy for him, too) where Mr. Hung (‘Call me Nick’) was waiting to drive us in his Toyota Fortuna SUV to our next...

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