Monday, March 28th ~ Hue, Vietnam
After a very full day, I am finally comfy in my PJ’s and about to drift off to sleep, but first I wanted to type a quick post of some highlights from our day.
We had a 4.5 hour bus trip that took us from Hoi An to Hue, but that included several stops along the way. The first was at a marble factory. I tried to convince the gentleman who was using a chisel to hand carve an enormous block of marble to use me for his model.
He chose to carve an elephant instead. Ahhh, shoot.
The showroom had some fabulous pieces for sale, but simply not my taste, nor do I have any place to put it.
Next stop, China Beach in Da Nang which is known locally as My Khe Beach or Non Nuoc.
Then a short drive further along the coast we got to see some of the woven bamboo round boats the fishermen use here in Da Nang. Woven by hand and then coated with resin that has either sawdust or cow dung mixed in, they are surprisingly seaworthy.
And a final coffee and toilet stop along this inlet.
After our arrival in Hue (pronounced Way), we proceeded to do a local tour that included the Citadel and former Royal Palace.
“The Imperial City (Vietnamese: Kinh thành Huế) is a walled fortress and palace in the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.” ~ Wikipedia
But one of the highlights of the day was a ride on a Cyclo. This was another first for me, and so much fun. One person per cart, you are simply sitting in an open chair in front of a rider who pedals you around town. I loved the freedom and view it allowed us. I felt so much more a part of what was going on around me, instead of this huge separation of being on a big bus.
And a few shots taken along the ride.
Our evening topped off with a HUGE meal in a private residence.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the fun we had on our cyclo ride. I would love to do it again!