We took a quick flight
from Hanoi to Hue, well known for its French influenced
architecture and monuments. We stayed in the middle of backpacker
land. Lots of small restaurants and quaint boutique
hotels. We weren't too impressed by the city itself, however
the importance of the city's past was very interesting to
We took a tour around
the city, a boat ride down the Huong "Perfume" river, a visit to
the Hue Citadel and Tein Mu Pagoda, and drove up to the
impressing Khai Dinh Tomb, supremely well preserved. Khai
Dinh was the 12th Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty and was
fairly unpopular with the Vietnamese people due to his ties
with the French government.
Had yet another couple
of great food moments, but that was about it. Hue was not
one of my (Sandra) favorite places to visit in Vietnam,
let's just say that... It didn't offer much more than the
few monuments and the city itself could have definitely
been much more "tended" to. Perhaps Hoi An would be a better
'Out & About
A view of Hue from our hotel room.
Life in Hue still centers around the
Huong River. Here two villagers float by the City
in their dugout canoe. Our boat tour on a dragon
boat was fun, except the tour guide
was pitching us souvenirs the entire time, quite
annoying. He even had us talk to his
mom on the phone to hear why we should buy them!
Very nice looking Tein Mu Pagoda, the
weather couldn't have been better - it was gorgeous.
Johann and I posing in front of a dragon
guard - that's what we call security!
It is amazing how people around the world worship and honor
the heroes before them.
It brings such pride by the citizens who represent the future..
Climbing up the 12th Emperor's tomb, not too shabby of a
place to find rest.
Lots of statues lining up as protectors right in the entrance
of the Emperor's
tomb - think I could fit in as a protector, don't you?!...
This restaurant really went over the top with their
Vietnamese food art - pretty cool!