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Mar 19, 2018 - Central Vietnam--Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue

Here we are now on the coast in Central Vietnam, in a stunning beach town called Da Nang. During the Vietnam War, the Americans used Da Nang as an airforce base. This was quite a strategic location because it was midway along the Ho Chi Minh trail which was the target of where the US dropped millions of tons of bombs. This was the main artery used by the Communist factions for transporting supplies and weapons from China and Russia down through Indochina. As well, it was a perfect place to transfer soldiers to when they were able to take a...

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Mar 17, 2018 - Robin # 5. Hanoi again

This morning we visited a different part of the city. We walked around Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter. The lake is in a more upscale part of the city and is a widely used park. At 7:30 am the park was sprinkled with older people doing tai chi to wake their bodies up, small groups of friends visiting on benches and walking together, many people walking their dogs off lease; everyone enjoying the beautiful morning. In one area was an outdoor tai chi class, and in another was a group learning partner dancing to music! Apparently outdoor...

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Mar 17, 2018 - Robin #4 Sapa, A Black Hmong Village and a long ride back to Hanoi

I am writing this tonight when I am hungry, tired, cranky and stiff after about 8 hours in a van. We woke up early, wrote and had a delicious buffet breakfast in beautiful surroundings. We took an hour ride in a car down the side of the mountain to Sapa. The road is only partially paved (an overly generous description) with deep ruts, rocky bumps and hairpin turns. We had to go very slowly, avoiding motor scooters, people walking on the side of the narrow road, animals grazing and hanging out. We pulled over frequently for vans going the...

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Mar 16, 2018 - Steven Looking Backward

To my friends who haven't read our travel blogs before, I have to say I usually write better, and more, than I have so far. As I said in earlier posts, this has been a very disconcerting journey. Part of this is my current state of mind, having turned 65, with a commitment to continue working for awhile, but trying to conceive the next phase of my life, retiring within a couple of years but earning some more needed income. Part of me would love to return to clinical work, part of me would love to get a patron to support my writing and...

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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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