Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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The main tourist sight is the 'Imperial City' which is a huge walled city (10km perimeter) containing a further walled and moated 'Citadel', further containing the 'Forbidden Purple City' for the Emperor who ruled Vietnam when the whole edifice was built in the 1800s, but was later a puppet under French colonial rule. Its a remarkable complex, sadly largely destroyed by wars but currently being restored - sometimes a little too well, becoming more like a reconstruction.
We've had good predictable tropical weather here - its blazing hot and sunny in the morning and then pours with rain for most of the afternoon. Whilst out visiting some Royal Mausoleums on the outskirts of town on a scooter, it was obvious that the storm was coming and as we dashed back we could see everyone else doing the same or scrabbling to clear away anything on display outside their shops and get under cover.