Happy Times in Hue

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

In the style of my beautiful wife, I will start today's blog off by writing about breakfast. It was an absolute stormer.  This hotel has won many awards across Asia and it is very clear why.  The cereal was crisp, the fry up included all of the important elements but with several variations of each, the pastries were straight from the baker’s oven and the fruits introduced me to species I did not know existed.  Dragon fruit did not live up to its name but I am now a lover of Passion fruit.

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.
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Jojo and Amanda on

We have just finiished lunch and found your up-dated blogs - Amanda says I'm a control freak as I won't let her near the mouse. Quite a mixed bag you have sent this time - I haven't gone to the link but probably will when I am on my own. I am so wishing that the sun would come out for you guys - it changes the whole face of your world!

9 for lunch today (not counting Olaf or Monty) had a nice drink on the Sailing Club terrace - I have now left Peter, Edith and CJB to do the washing up - Amanda is beside me doing more work - Dom joined us for lunch but has gone home to rest - I think he finds Barnett en masse a bit daunting - I know I would!

What we would really like to see is a picture of you two frolocking in the sea - Okay.

All love Jojo and Christopher

mum and dad on

Enjoyed our catch up of blog.So sad to read the attachment.
Hue looks really nice.Hope it has helped you and lifted your spirits to have a peaceful day together.xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

So glad to hear from Tricia that you have hit a sunny spot!! And met up with Steven. Hope you guys make a bit of a party of it and relax for a day or two. It blooming miserable and cold here - but daffodils and crocuses (should that be crocusi) coming out

Elizabeth on

Hey guys. Am sitting in Bos v jealous of a certain Mr SS and wishing I was with you! However Amanda Mae came over and cooked Dominic and me a Lovely scrumptious dinner - moule et frite followed by good ole choc ices! yum. She even did the washing up! Have DC and CE over for sups tomorrow so busy times! Biggest kisses and much love to you guys xxxxx
ps James (Storton - Georges brother) reckons he has become addicted to your blog and had to catch up on ALL 175 blogs! Lets see if he sees this! xx

Jojo on

Well it's the big O's first birthday! Can't belive how he's completely changed our lives. Picaddily Circus here this morning - Amanda and Dom here, E,G and the O arrived along with Pam Wellend delivering a birthday card, Tricia coming in for a peaceful coffe and crossword and CJB (who actually lives here). Eventually all got sorted out but failed miserably in the crossword department.
It should all be happening up at Williams Road now, the proper Birthday Party with all Olaf's contemporarys and their parents - before the boring grown ups pop is for drinks at 6.00 (fat chance of many men turning up as it is the England France Rugby!!)

Anyway - we are all expecting bloggs to resume soon as we have all seen the pictures of you two relaxing on the beach and having fun (at last! - I mean since leaving Nepal). And the next big excitement will be that Dan and Clare coming out to visit - looking forward to seeing some pictures of that event.

All love Jojo and Christopher

triciagick on

Well, that beach looked wonderful! Met Adrian in the Co-op when I went in search of pots of chewing gum for you - he was as fascinated as I was to find you could get pots of the stuff!
Think I've got everything you needed and am expecting Dan back shortly to pack and get away to the airport - just to be safe, I shall acquaint Claire with all your supplies! Don't think Dan is planning to take much - no doubt he'll buy all he needs when he gets there.
Looking forward to seeing all four of you together next week.

Robin & Antoinette on

Re the earlier entries...England 17 France 9 so (Mikey) if you come across any chirpy French cyclists you have bragging rights for a full year.
Well done for powering through the North Vietnam leg which sounds a bit of a tester and hope you are now enjoying a break in the South.
We are enjoying (thankfully vicariously) your strenuously cycled miles and your amazing adventures.
Stay safe and lots of love XX

charlie.bolton st Albans school havant on

wow that is realy exciting are you near new Zeland because samuell horseman is out there

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