An Atypical Day

October 31. Yesterday evening, drinks with Chet in the Executive Lounge and then very excellent dinner at hotel’s Vietnamese restaurant (Nancy was not feeling well). Carol and I walked to the Bihn Mihn Jazz Club near the opera house to listen to some jazz.

.Fabulous day today with a guide whom we requested to organize […]

Ha Long Bay

October 29-30.  After breakfast, we depart at 7:45AM for a 3 1/2 hour drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay, stopping at a very commercial spot to learn about pearls.  We are cautioned by Hoan that this is not the best place to buy.

Arriving at Ha Long, we have a drink and […]

From Zumba to Water Puppets

October 28. As is often the case, one of the highlights of the day was not even on the itinerary. Carol and I arise early and head off towards the lake. En route, we encounter in close proximity, but seemingly oblivious to one another, badminton, tai chi, Zumba dancers, soccer games, ballroom dancers and more. […]

Northward Ho!  (No pun intended.)

October 27. After breakfast, we are driven to the airport for our 10:30 flight to Hanoi, passing kids posing for a school picture and viewing many typical motorbike/shop street scenes.Clearly, we are becoming accustomed to even higher levels of being spoiled. It used to be that, for a short flight, we’d eschew business class, suck […]

Pagodas, Mausoleums and the Citadel

October 26. After breakfast in the hotel, we take a morning boat cruise (notice on boat says, “Explosives, flammable materials, radioactive materials and cattle are not allowed to bring with visitors in boat.”) on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, which was only moderately interesting.We were then then driven to the beautiful […]