Day 6 – Hue

28 Feb

A rushed breakfast due to the alcohol consumption of the previous night and we were off once again. This time to the imperial citadel of Hue, when this was once the capital of Vietnam (between 1802 and 1945).

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The American bombs of 1968 had destroyed most of it and at one point people were growing rice in the bomb craters.  They are now carefully restoring as much as possible, but only 10% currently exists. The Library and Royal Treasury being two notable examples as well as the military and literary mandarin waiting rooms.

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Bought a modern Vietnamese painting from the citadel – it will hopefully get home intact.

Health and safety were non existent as we got to chat with the restorers as we clambered over their materials and kicked away their plumb lines.

As we visited the Royal Theatre we waited for the performance to end so that we could see inside. The temperature had reached the level that when I got up from the concrete step, there was a wet mark left!

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Generally hitting 29 degrees today, with red marks appearing on everyone’s white bits.

We took an electric golf cart taxi to the Royal Artifacts Museum, where Julian had another little doze.

Leaving the citadel, we passed some Military hardware – tanks, guns and planes.

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Back at the hotel, Karen and I toured the local food market where two females were very insistent that we photographed their mother sitting amongst the fish.

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Then we headed for lunch which was a bit of a challenge as the menu was completely in Vietnamese and the man spoke no English in the local street cafe just across from our hotel. I ended up with noodles and beef which was perfectly acceptable.  Unfortunately Karen ordered eels and banana. The picture shows what she left of the eels (all of it).

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Back with the group we headed off to the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, which he used as a summer residence for 16 years before he died. Those so inclined were able to dress up and sit on the royal throne.

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Afterwards we saw incense and conical hats being made. Also some Chinese waving cats in the tat shop. I might have had to buy one of those three things.  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Stopped at another temple where monks were busy praying.  Aggie wasn’t so aware of her camera lens as everyone else.

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Met a local weirdo as we left. Makes a change (being local).

We stopped off at the “Japanese” Bridge.  Much fun was had asking our tour guide if Aggie was correct that it was a Japanese Bridge. One. At. A. Time. Apparently it was Vietnamese.  A nice old lady also showed us the ways of living and the processing of rice.

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That night 11 of us headed off to the general area that Vinh had recommended for a meal.  Didn’t quite get there before we found a Japanese restaurant with a small lift and no stairs.  Surprised to find the table had space underneath to sit properly and we ordered what felt like the entire menu. $10 including tip. Wonderful.

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Cloud not in the hotel bar and they had run out of rum for some reason, so straight to bed.

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2 Responses to “Day 6 – Hue”

  1. daisymay67Ian Christie March 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    You MUST buy a waving cat Tony … and you do realise there’s another meaning for ‘Merkin’?

    • tonymochan March 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      Of course I do. That’s why I call them that!

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