Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
66Trip End May 12, 2011
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Hue is around 15km inland from the South China Sea and is bisected by the Perfume River (Huong Giang or Song Huong depending on your origin). The citadel is 10 km around its perimeter and has walls over 2 metres thick, the purple city is within the main Citadel, a sort of Citadel within a Citadel and the 6 metre wall runs around its 2.5 km perimeter and like Beijing was reserved for the emperor
Sights to see around the citadel are the flag tower; this has a 37 metre flag pole that can be seen from many locations in the citadel city and for me helped me not get too lost. Useless information time; after the Tet offensive the Viet Cong had the National Liberation Front flag flying for just over 3 weeks. The nine holy cannons, I laughed when I saw that description on them and thought of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the 'holy hand grenade', use of religion in war and destruction is a bit of an oxymoron, but that is maybe just me. Anyway these cannons are still 'guarding' the flag pole even although their payload is now old coke cans and water bottles stuffed up the barrels. 4 of the cannons represent the 4 seasons and the other 5 represent the 5 elements: metal, wood, water, fire and soil.
The journey up was mostly uneventful; avoiding being killed by the crazy driving. I was sitting beside/around an Israelite called Boris; he was very pleasant and was travelling to Hanoi, so not stopping in Hue. Also there was a couple (she is Scottish (Cara) and he is English/Italian (Anthony)). Exchanged mobile numbers and will possibly meet up for drinks over the next couple of days. They are spending 11 months travelling the world, nice. It is amazing the number of people I’ve met who are on long trips
I went out to the town for some food and to stretch my legs after 4 plus hours on the bus. I ended up in a little café and had some pork ribs with lemongrass; very nice. The service was slow, but was in no hurry. I got a text from Cara and Ant to say they were at the DMZ bar if I wanted to join them for a drink, but food service was slow and they were just leaving as I got clear. We will meet up tomorrow night, which will be nice.
I got a taxi back to the hotel as I still did not have my bearings so did not want to get too lost. It was a whole dollar for it.