Happy Times in Hue
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Four courses later we thought we should go and do some sightseeing. The rental of a moped was as easy as ever, the first guy I met gave me his keys and in exchange for £3 we whizzed off. First stop was the Imperial City. The decaying citadel was charming, and backed up with a very impressive multimedia display from Korea. We strolled around the overgrown gardens and enjoyed the peace which is so rare in these horn honking countries
Next stop 5 km along the Song Houng was Thien Mu Pagoda. This beautiful structure provided another mellowing location. The monks went about their duties in a much more dignified way than those we had met in Tibet. There was also on display a rusting old car which was the vehicle which a monk named Thich Quang Duc, drove from that spot to Saigon in 1963, before setting himself on fire in protest against the policies of the pro catholic government in trying to ban the Buddhist flag.
On from here we hit the beach, or rather we hit a rain cloud on our way to the beach. It looked like it could have been nice but there was no one there, litter lay along the shore and the grey weather removed any sparkle the yellow sands and blue waters may have had.
Back to Hue for lunch and an afternoon doing nothing in the form of reading and watching movie channels. The view from the 10th floor as I write is great, the neon lights along the river are now dancing their best moves and the bridges spanning the Song Huang are lit up with their colours changing every few seconds. The best thing is the peace. The rush of non stop traffic beeping away cannot be heard through our double glazed full length windows. Polly has just enjoyed a Maitai from the pool bar, the only tricky decision which remains is where to go out for dinner tonight!
Miles cycled: None! Lots on the moped though.